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Selective and sustainable (co)-production of lignin-derived aromatics

Expected outcomes

Projects are overall expected to address the EU Bioeconomy Strategy and its action plan, the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (under the EU Zero pollution ambition for a toxic free environment), the EU Industrial strategy, the EU Biodiversity strategy 2030,as well as and the co-implementation of the Transition Pathway for the chemicals industry.

Project results should contribute to the following expected outcomes:

  • Scaling-up the cascading use of lignocellulosic biomass with improved atom economy, upcycling lignin. Significantly contributing to divesting from fossil resources, also considering the aromatics platform.
  • Improved sustainability, strategic autonomy, resilience and competitiveness of the European chemical industry while reducing the fossil feedstock dependence in other downstream sectors.
  • Significant improvement of environmental and safety performance across the value chain
    against specified fossil and/or bio-based benchmarks.
  • Availability of broader range of bio-based chemicals meeting market and technical performance requirements, facilitating the market uptake of scalable bio-based solutions.
  • Societal relevance and social acceptance of circular bio-based solutions and products.

Scope

Aromatics production is a billion € market and the share of EU is around 25 %. Aromatics have impact on applications such as solvents, agrochemicals, dietary supplements, while also being important in plastics production and other materials (e.g. resins, polyurethanes). The demand for chemicals from renewable sources is rapidly increasing and there is an urgent need for alternative feedstock and sustainable technologies to produce aromatics in bio-based industry. Lignin is available at large volumes and currently mostly downcycled because of the lower feasibility to obtain scaled up, selective aromatic streams, of which there are very few alternatives to fossilbased aromatics. Approximately, only 1-2% of the lignin annual production is used in chemicals production.

Proposals under this topic should:

  • Demonstrate the efficient, cost-competitive and sustainable production of aromatic biobased chemicals from lignin, including phenols, alkylphenols, BTX (Benzene, toluene and xylenes) and/or other aromatics.
  • Address the upstream processing of lignocellulosic biomass and the downstream
    processing of lignin to obtain targeted aromatics, demonstrating high yield and selectivity for the targeted aromatics. Under this context, consider the integration of advanced analytical characterisation capabilities of lignin and lignin-derived aromatics if applicable.
  • Describe reaction mechanisms and pathways leading to the production of the targeted biobased aromatics in the context of further advancing process scale-up during or beyond the project duration.
  • 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.
  • 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.120 Under this context, projects are expected to contribute with and develop recommendations that can advance further the application of the SSbD framework.121 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.
  • Test and validate (end TRL: 5 and above) the bio-based aromatics for their further conversion or integration further down the value chain.

Proposals must implement the multi-actor approach and ensure adequate involvement of all key actors in the value chains relevant for this topic, across the sustainable circular bio-based system, including B2B actors, end users as well as feedstock providers.

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.122 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-05
Expected Outcome or Impact
Expected outcomes:

Projects are overall expected to address the EU Bioeconomy Strategy and its action plan, the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (under the EU Zero pollution ambition for a toxic free environment), the EU Industrial strategy, the EU Biodiversity strategy 2030,as well as and the co-implementation of the Transition Pathway for the chemicals industry.

Project results should contribute to the following expected outcomes:

• Scaling-up the cascading use of lignocellulosic biomass with improved atom economy,
upcycling lignin. Significantly contributing to divesting from fossil resources, also
considering the aromatics platform.
• Improved sustainability, strategic autonomy, resilience and competitiveness of the
European chemical industry while reducing the fossil feedstock dependence in other
downstream sectors.
• Significant improvement of environmental and safety performance across the value chain
against specified fossil and/or bio-based benchmarks.
• Availability of broader range of bio-based chemicals meeting market and technical
performance requirements, facilitating the market uptake of scalable bio-based solutions.
• 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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