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Innovative conversion of biogenic gaseous carbon into bio-based chemicals, ingredients, materials

Expected outcomes

In line with the objectives of the Circular Economy and Zero Pollution Action Plan, as well as the 2021 Communication on Sustainable Carbon Cycles targets, the successful proposals will facilitate the deployment of sustainable products based on conversion of biogenic gaseous carbon from renewable resources. Successful proposals will also contribute to the implementation of the EU Bioeconomy Strategy and the updated EU Industrial Strategy.

Projects results are expected to contribute to all of the following expected outcomes:

  • Industrial symbiosis in the bio-based sector to reduce GHGs emissions.
  • Improved environmental performances and resource efficiency of bio-based processes. Improved and upscaled CCU technologies in the bio-based systems.
  • Enhanced carbon removal potential of bio-based systems as storage of carbon from biogenic gaseous emissions into circular and/or long-lasting bio-based chemicals and/or ingredients and/or materials.

Scope

Biogenic gaseous carbon137 from bio-based systems and biorefineries can be used as a
sustainable feedstock to replace fossil carbon to obtain chemicals (including polymers), ingredients and materials while further contributing to reducing CO2 emissions and to increasing carbon sequestration in circular and/or long-lasting bio-based products and materials. The resulting innovative value chains have the potential to turn a problem (related to carbon gaseous emissions in the atmosphere) into an opportunity for EU socio-economic growth and global strategic autonomy for raw materials, while mitigating negative impacts to climate change and biodiversity preservation. Bio-based industry can lead the way to such untapped potential providing examples which could be in the future adapted and replicated also by big emitters of CO2, including those out of the scope of this topic.

Proposals under this topic should focus on carbon in gaseous emissions from biomass-based systems and industrial biorefineries or any other bio based operation (including emissions from primary sectors) as main feedstock for further conversion. Biogenic gaseous carbon emissions from plants dedicated to the production of bioenergy from biomass combustion and from syngas are not in scope.

Proposals under this topic should:

  • Demonstrate the efficient capture and further conversion of biogenic gaseous carbon from selected source(s) into ingredients, chemicals and polymers and/or materials within the scope of the CBE. Different conversion routes are in scope.
  • Demonstration should address the implementation of necessary measures to maximize productivity of targeted output.
  • The demonstration should also address: i) flexible and economically viable systems for capture and/or potential purification of selected biobased gaseous stream based on the specific characteristics of the selected feedstock and targeted use ii) efficient recovery and purification of obtained ingredients/chemicals/materials proving the fulfilment of requirements for targeted applications.
  • Assess the replication/adaptation potential of the proposed technological approach(es) to other sources of biogenic carbon through the analysis of the range of current/potential sources of biogenic carbon emissions from biorefineries/bio based industrial activities.
  • 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. Under this context, projects are expected to contribute with and develop recommendations that can advance further the application of the SSbD framework. Where applicable, a comparison with the fossil-based counterparts of the same chemicals/ingredients/materials should be added.
  • Assess the carbon removal* potential of the developed technologies, and apply monitoring systems to allow for reporting and verification to be recognised as contributing to EU climate and environmental objectives (following the upcoming European certification framework).

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, Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe and Processes4Planet PPP. 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-07
Expected Outcome or Impact
Expected outcomes:

In line with the objectives of the Circular Economy and Zero Pollution Action Plan, as well as the 2021 Communication on Sustainable Carbon Cycles targets, the successful proposals will facilitate the deployment of sustainable products based on conversion of biogenic gaseous carbon from renewable resources. Successful proposals will also contribute to the implementation of the EU Bioeconomy Strategy and the updated EU Industrial Strategy.

Projects results are expected to contribute to all of the following expected outcomes:

• Industrial symbiosis in the bio-based sector to reduce GHGs emissions.
• Improved environmental performances and resource efficiency of bio-based processes.
Improved and upscaled CCU technologies in the bio-based systems.
• Enhanced carbon removal potential of bio-based systems as storage of carbon from
biogenic gaseous emissions into circular and/or long-lasting bio-based chemicals and/or
ingredients and/or materials.
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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