Objectives and aims of Biobased Industries

The biobased public-private partnership BBI answers three main European challenges to the creation of a biobased Economy in 2030:

  • Investment: Overcoming the barrier of investment risk in the piloting and demonstration phases in order to prove the viability of the new value chain.
  • Innovation: A number of additional obstacles remain to be overcome in bridging the gap from research to marketable innovation of biobased products.
  • Build up and Integration of new value chains

BBI aims to keep Europe in the fast-growing global biobased economy race, by creating new untraditional partnerships and innovative value chains, and bringing competitive solutions to the market.

The precise long-term strategic objectives of BBI for the biobased economy for 2020 (and 2030 respectively) are:

  • The PPP activities will help to guarantee a secure and sustainable supply of lignocellulosic biomass (incl. waste) for European biorefineries through the development of integrated and sustainable agricultural and forestry value chains.
  • There is a potential to better valorise agriculture land that currently is no longer under production or is currently not under optimal use. BBI aims to contribute to put 15% of this underutilized land back into production or at least be better utilized in 2020 (35% by 2030).
  • Current EU biomass utilisation for food, feed and materials is 1,100 Mton. The amount of biomass used in the EU for energy and material uses is estimated to amount to 500 Mton. The PPP results will contribute to achieve 10% increase in biomass supply in Europe by 2020 (20% by 2030).
  • Current unused by-products and wastes from various biobased sources (agriculture, forestry, waste water treatment, sludge, organic household waste, yard waste etc.) amount to a total of 2.8 bn tons in the EU. BBI activities will stimulate the mobilization and utilization of these potential resources to be increased to 15% of the total amount in 2020 (25% in 2030).
  • BBI results will contribute to maintain and further develop a competitive and knowledge intensive economy in Europe based on biorefineries creating up to 400,000 new skilled jobs in 2020 (700,000 by 2030).
  • The biomass available will be fully utilized and cycles will be closed. The PPP will contribute to protein isolation and valorisation from additional biomass processing, that will result in 15% reduced import of protein (e.g. soy) for feed in Europe in 2020 (50% by 2030). Currently 2,300 Mton of phosphate and 2,700 Mton of potash are consumed in the EU, most of which (estimated 90%) are imported in the form of rock materials or processed rock (non-renewable resources) into the EU. Optimization of soil fertility programs including recovery and use of phosphate and potash, as triggered by the PPP activities, will lead to a 10% reduced import of those components for fertilizers applied to feedstock production (25% by 2030).
  • BBI will contribute to and trigger industrial deployment of biobased chemicals, biomaterials and advanced biofuels, so that:
    • 20% of the chemicals and materials production in Europe will be biobased by 2020 (30% to 2030); this is compared to the current situation 10% of chemicals and materials being biobased.
    • By 2020 at least 2% of Europe’s transport energy demand will be met by sustainable advanced biofuels (25% in 2030).
    • At least 5 first-of-its-kind flagship plants will be realised to optimise technology for biomass conversion and ensure price-competitiveness for a second wave of commercial production to kick-in from 2017.
  • BBI will realize a new generation of biobased materials and composites, allowing the production of better performing components for application in several industries. With this the PPP contributes to the ambition that in 2020, the market supplied by biobased polymers and composites at comparable quality-price ratio, compared to the fossil alternatives, will be 5 times higher than today (factor 10 in 2030); increased consumer acceptance, concerted policy and labelling, awareness of biobased products as well as recycling and reuse will have an important contribution to the improved market penetration.
  • Through its combined efforts the PPP will have a significant contribution to the European objective of achieving 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in 2020 (compared to 1990 levels).
  • As a consequence of following the openness and excellence principles, BBI intends to actively involve academia, research organizations (RTOs), and SMEs such that at least 15% of the Horizon 2020 funds goes to these actors. It is expected that significant additional industry funding will go to academia, RTOs and SMEs through their participation in industry-driven demonstration activities.

The specific key performance indicators (KPIs) for the long-term strategic objectives can be found in the documents at the right margin.