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Enlarging the portfolio of commercially produced bio-based SSbD solvents

Expected outcomes

Projects are expected to address the EU Bioeconomy Strategy and its action plan, the zero pollution ambition for a toxic free environment under the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability and the Zero Pollution Action Plan,  the EU Industrial strategy, the EU Biodiversity strategy 2030, as well as and the co implementation of the Transition Pathway for the Chemical Industry.

Project results should contribute to the following expected outcomes:

  • Availability of a broader range of bio-based safe and sustainable by design (SSbD)
    solvents meeting market and technical performance requirements while delivering environmental and safety performance benefits, further facilitating of the market uptake of scalable bio-based solutions across the value chain.
  • Significant improvement of environmental and safety performance across the value chain against specified fossil and/or bio-based benchmarks.
  • Significantly improved sustainability, safety, 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.
  • Improved circularity and resource efficiency via practical application of circular
    bioeconomy, encompassing the resource- and energy-efficient, cascading use of
    sustainably sourced biomass.
  • Societal relevance and social acceptance of circular bio-based solutions and products.

Scope

Solvents play an essential role in many applications, from production processes (both upstream and downstream steps), including recycling processes, to being essential components in final products. The EU bio-based production share is 1.5% (1% CAGR*), indicating a ‘young’ market. The safety of solvents (conventional or not) is a concern; hence there is growing interest in safe and sustainable alternatives.

Proposals under this topic should:

  • Demonstrate sustainable and efficient production process(es)108 for obtaining bio-based solvents which can be then applicable as SSbD alternatives in one or more of the following applications: i) production processes and/or ii) recycling, decontamination or pollution control processes; and/or iii) formulation ingredients/additives. The focus should be to address safety and sustainability challenges of market-relevant solvents, including the ones under the SVHC* and SoCs* categories.
  • Clarify the relevant feedstock in scope 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.
  • Demonstrate that the targeted bio-based solvents are applicable in the most relevant final processes and/or products with critical market volumes or processing applications. This includes testing and validating (end TRL: 5 and above) the novel solvents in final products and/or processes to assess the impact on end-product and process design, overall impact, and performances.
  • 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.109 Under this context, projects are expected to contribute with and develop recommendations that can advance further the application of the SSbD framework.110 The safety and environmental performance assessment must account for the full value chain and the most relevant final application(s) and end-of-life , ensuring safety for workers, end users / consumers as well as the environment.
  • Assess the social sustainability performance of the bio-based solutions via S-LCA.

Proposals must apply the concept of ‘multi-actor approach’ and ensure adequate involvement of all key actors in the value chains relevant for this topic and across the sustainable circular biobased system including end users, such as B2B stakeholders and brand owners.

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. Collaboration among projects from the same topic are encouraged.

Proposals should also describe their contribution to the Specific CBE JU requirements, presented in section 2.2.3.1.

General Information

Call Type
EU Horizon Europe
Eligible Country/ies
EU + Horizon Europe associated countries
Call Identifier (if any)
HORIZON-JU-CBE-2024-IA-03
Expected Outcome or Impact
Expected outcomes:


Projects are expected to address the EU Bioeconomy Strategy and its action plan, the zero pollution ambition for a toxic free environment under the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability and the Zero Pollution Action Plan,  the EU Industrial strategy, the EU Biodiversity strategy 2030, as well as and the co implementation of the Transition Pathway for the Chemical Industry.


Project results should contribute to the following expected outcomes:

Availability of a broader range of bio-based safe and sustainable by design (SSbD)
solvents meeting market and technical performance requirements while delivering environmental and safety performance benefits, further facilitating of the market uptake of scalable bio-based solutions across the value chain.

Significant improvement of environmental and safety performance across the value chain against specified fossil and/or bio-based benchmarks.

Significantly improved sustainability, safety, 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.

Improved circularity and resource efficiency via practical application of circular
bioeconomy, encompassing the resource- and energy-efficient, cascading use of
sustainably sourced biomass.

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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