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Bio-based dedicated platform chemicals via cost-effective, sustainable and resource-efficient conversion of biomass.

Expected outcomes

Projects are overall expected to address the EU Bioeconomy Strategy56 and its action plan, the EU Zero pollution ambition for a toxic-free environment under the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability57 and the Zero Pollution Action Plan, the EU Industrial strategy,58 the EU Biodiversity strategy 2030,59 as well as the co-implementation of the Transition Pathway60 for the chemicals industry.

  • Project results should contribute to the following expected outcomes:
  • Sustainable, large-scale production of bio-based platform chemicals with dedicated* chemical structures and availability of a broader range of bio-based chemicals meeting market and technical performance requirements, hence also facilitating the market uptake of bio-based solutions.
  • Improved circularity and resource efficiency of bio-based value chains via practical application of circular bioeconomy, encompassing the resource- and energy-efficient, cascading use of sustainably-sourced biomass.
  • Significantly improved sustainability, strategic autonomy, resilience and competitiveness of the European chemical industry and with cascading impact in other downstream sectors.
  • Reduce the fossil feedstock dependence of chemicals production and/or minimising biomass imports dependencies of the bio-based industries.
  • Significant improvement of environmental and safety performance across the value chain against specified fossil and/or bio-based benchmarks.
  • New skilled job opportunities and investments in the bio-based sectors.
  • Societal relevance and social acceptance of circular bio-based solutions and products.

Scope

Overall, bio-based platform chemicals, according to their chemical structure, can be classified as dedicated*, drop-ins* or smart drop-ins*. There is often medium/high TRL maturity when it comes to the production of bio-based dedicated chemicals. However, cost competitiveness and the sustainability of production can often be hindering factors for further upscaling and uptake of dedicated bio-based platform chemicals.

Proposals under this topic should:

  • Demonstrate cost-effective, sustainable and resource-efficient large scale production processes for obtaining one or more bio-based dedicated platform chemicals. Both upstream and downstream process aspects are in scope. The overall objective should target improving process efficiency, lowering CAPEX/OPEX, lowering the E-factor (process waste) and improving process safety. Enabling process technologies in scope include chemical, physicochemical, biotech or hybrid technologies, as well as process intensification and symbiosis concepts, if applicable to attain improvements in resource efficiency and sustainability performance.
  • Indicate clearly the targeted feedstock(s), including availability and process flexibility aspects in relation to feedstock composition, if relevant. The cascading valorisation of secondary biomass and residual streams is also in scope.
  • Validate (end TRL: 5 and above) the further conversion and integration of produced chemicals into final products. The chosen bio-based chemical(s) should be validated in market-relevant application(s).
  • Include a task to integrate assessment based on the safe-and-sustainable-by design (SSbD) framework, developed by the European Commission, for assessing the safety and sustainability of chemicals and materials.61 Under this context, projects are expected to contribute with and develop recommendations that can advance further the application of the SSbD framework.

Proposals should implement the multi-actor approach (MAA) and ensure adequate involvement of all key actors in the value chains relevant for this topic and across the sustainable circular biobased system, including B2B end-users and feedstock providers.
Proposals may consider making existing/new industrial assets (e.g., labs, test rigs, etc.) accessible to researchers, SMEs, etc., for visiting, or training and testing bio-based processes. Proposals should seek for links and complementarities and avoid overlaps with past, ongoing and upcoming EU funded projects, including those funded under H2020, HEU and the BBI JU and CBE JU.

General Information

Call Type
EU Horizon Europe
Eligible Country/ies
EU + Horizon Europe associated countries
Call Identifier (if any)
HORIZON-JU-CBE-2024-IAFlag-02
Expected Outcome or Impact
Projects are overall expected to address the EU Bioeconomy Strategy56 and its action plan, the EU Zero pollution ambition for a toxic-free environment under the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability57 and the Zero Pollution Action Plan, the EU Industrial strategy,58 the EU Biodiversity strategy 2030,59 as well as the co-implementation of the Transition Pathway60 for the chemicals industry.

Project results should contribute to the following expected outcomes:
• Sustainable, large-scale production of bio-based platform chemicals with dedicated*
chemical structures and availability of a broader range of bio-based chemicals meeting
market and technical performance requirements, hence also facilitating the market uptake
of bio-based solutions.
• Improved circularity and resource efficiency of bio-based value chains via practical
application of circular bioeconomy, encompassing the resource- and energy-efficient,
cascading use of sustainably-sourced biomass.
• Significantly improved sustainability, strategic autonomy, resilience and competitiveness
of the European chemical industry and with cascading impact in other downstream sectors.
• Reduce the fossil feedstock dependence of chemicals production and/or minimising
biomass imports dependencies of the bio-based industries.
• Significant improvement of environmental and safety performance across the value chain
against specified fossil and/or bio-based benchmarks.
• New skilled job opportunities and investments in the bio-based sectors.
• Societal relevance and social acceptance of circular bio-based solutions and products.
Target Groups
Research Institutes, Academia, Small- and Medium Enterprises, Industry, Individuals, Non-government organisations, Start-Ups
Submission Deadlines
Single fixed deadline
(Next) Submission Deadline
18 September 2024
Type of Funding Instrument
Individual Support
Overall budget for all projects [EURO]
€213 million

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