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In this horizontal paper, BIC outlines the contribution of the bio-based industries towards achieving a climate-neutral Europe. BIC welcomes that the European Green Deal puts the reduction of fossil emissions as a key priority…

The Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking (CBE JU) is the new partnership between the European Union and BIC builds on the success of its predecessor BBI JU. BIC members have mobilised with our European Commission…

The Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) applauds the EU Council’s decision to adopt the regulation establishing nine Joint Undertakings under Horizon Europe, including Circular Bio-based Europe (CBE JU). The CBE JU builds on…

BBI JU awarded the Bioeconomy Prize in the European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) last Sunday, 19 September in Salamanca, Spain. Alba Serrano Garcia and Patricia Marco Gaya, students from the ‘Colegio Santa Maria’ in…

BIC bioeconomy platform This new digital partnering platform to connect European regions and BIC members is now fully functional and has been launched internally amongst BIC industry members and European regions. Both…

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In this horizontal paper, BIC outlines the contribution of the bio-based industries towards achieving a climate-neutral Europe. BIC welcomes that the European Green Deal puts the reduction of fossil emissions as a key priority and aims to achieve climate-neutrality by 2050. We support the ambitious EU target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030.

A carbon neutrality pathway will require that private sector investments and innovations are sufficiently incentivised. In that respect, contributing to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 provides strategic opportunities and challenges for our sector.

With this paper we would like to contribute to the discussion on the transition to a climate-neutral Europe. In this paper we describe how our sector already contributes to reduce GHG emission in a sustainable way. The paper then reflects on enablers for our sector to innovate and invest in the transition to climate-neutrality in 2050.

The Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking (CBE JU) is the new partnership between the European Union and BIC builds on the success of its predecessor BBI JU.

BIC members have mobilised with our European Commission partners to realise the CBE JU. The circular bio-based industries are key enablers of the green transition towards an innovative, sustainable and competitive society. The work of CBE JU will contribute to the EU’s climate neutrality goal by 2050 and will support the implementation of EU policies working towards this objective. The initiative also underscores the political importance of the bioeconomy in advancing Europe’s competitive edge. By sparking innovation, stimulating collaboration, creating jobs and de-risking investments, CBE JU-funded projects will also boost the local economies across European regions, in particular in rural and coastal areas, and create a shared long-term strategic vision for the sector.

CBE JU is the new BBI JU

You can consult information about at www.cbe.europa.eu. Meanwhile, the BBI JU website remains active for the latest updates on CBE. You can reach the programme office with the email extension is @cbe.europa.eu, instead of the old @bbi.europa.eu but emails will still be received to the old address. If you are beneficiary of a BBI JU-funded project nothing changes for you and you can continue working on your project as before.

The Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) applauds the EU Council’s decision to adopt the regulation establishing nine Joint Undertakings under Horizon Europe, including Circular Bio-based Europe (CBE JU). The CBE JU builds on the achievements of the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU). 

“United with our European Commission partners, BIC remains committed to building on the successes of the BBI partnership and contributing to the EU’s transformation into an innovative, sustainable and competitive society”, says Mat Quaedvlieg, BIC Chairman and VP Strategic Business Projects, SAPPI. 

The decision by the Council demonstrates the importance of the CBE partnership for achieving the European Green Deal in EU Member States and regions. CBE JU will provide opportunities to accelerate bio-based innovation, keep and attract bio-based investments in Europe while enhancing the bioeconomy’s sustainability credentials. 

The CBE JU is now set to be established before end 2021, with the first call for proposals launched by the end of the first quarter 2022. 

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BIC’s mission is to connect industry, academia, regions and citizens to transform bio-based feedstocks into novel sustainable products and applications, and to create circular bioeconomy ecosystems through investments, innovation and know-how. The Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) includes 180+ industry members covering full bio-based value systems, from primary production to the market, across multiple and diverse sectors, such as agriculture & agri-food, aquaculture & marine, chemicals and materials, including bioplastics, forestry and pulp & paper, market sectors, technology providers and waste management & treatment. BIC’s membership also includes over 200 associate members such as research organisations, academia, trade associations, etc. Want more news from us? Join our community of subscribers: bio-based.link/sign-up. 

BBI JU awarded the Bioeconomy Prize in the European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) last Sunday, 19 September in Salamanca, Spain. Alba Serrano Garcia and Patricia Marco Gaya, students from the ‘Colegio Santa Maria’ in Vila-Real, Spain, received the prize for their project on fossils' resistance to climate change. The two winners will travel to Brussels for a visit to the European institutions and projects funded by BBI JU.

Alba Serrano Garcia and Patricia Marco Gaya studied the Triops cancriformis eggs and their resistance to high temperatures. The young scientists examined the fossils’ structure to explain why it resisted extreme climate conditions and kept its appearance intact for over 200 million years.

Their project aims to analyse the chemical composition of the fossils and they used two different methods, thermal analysis up to 1000°C and the microscope electron scanning of the fossil; both experiments were successfully conducted. The young biologists propose to use the fossils’ shell composition material as a new material to enable resistance to climate change for current products.  

Following the ceremony, the BBI JU’s Head of Programme, Virginia Puzzolo, congratulated the winners: ‘With your project, you are helping the whole European bio-based industries community to advance towards a truly circular bio-based society. What we want to leave to the young generations is a thriving and green Europe and your innovative project brings a great contribution to achieving this.Thank you for building a better and more sustainable future with us.’ 

The European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) celebrated Europe’s most talented young scientists last Sunday at the University of Salamanca.  

About 158 contestants and 114 projects competed for a range of prizes selected by a jury panel of 25 renowned engineers and scientists. Among the many categories of EUCYS, a Bioeconomy Prize is given to the most promising project in the field of bio-based research. Since 2016 the BBI JU has awarded this prize to young scientists designing the most relevant biotechnology for the production and the conversion of biomass into non-food value-added products.

The awarded project shall use raw materials of biological origin in a sustainable, renewable, and innovative way, whilst also promoting scientific research and raising environmental awareness. The winners will visit the BBI JU Programme Office and EU institutions in Brussels, as well as some of the BBI JU-funded projects.  

The next EUCYS contest will take place in Leiden, Netherlands, in 2022.  

Read more about the EUCYS 2021 Bioeconomy Prize 

BBI JU EUCYS 2019 Prize  

BBI JU EUCYS 2018 Prize  

BIC bioeconomy platform

This new digital partnering platform to connect European regions and BIC members is now fully functional and has been launched internally amongst BIC industry members and European regions. Both industries and regions can begin using the platform to find their ideal partner.

Pitching, search, filter, make contact and find your right partner

BIC industry members and regions can use the platform's functionalities to search, filter and find the right partner and make first contact via the platform. Both industry and regions can also pitch and express an interest in current BBI calls. 

What's visible in bio-based industry profiles?

  • Sectors operating in
  • Offer to regions e.g. feedstock to commercialise or develop pilot plants, etc.
  • Target market sectors
  • Feedstocks currently in use
  • Feedstocks looking to use
  • BBI JU project participation
  • BBI JU calls applied for
  • Biorefineries in Europe

What's visible in European regions profiles?

  • Bio-based investment priorities/Smart Specialisation Strategies in place
  • Existence of a regional bioeconomy strategy
  • Financial incentives for bio-based investment
  • Feedstocks present in region
  • Industry sectors regions are seeking investment from
  • Skills & competencies

Almost 50 European regions are participating in the platform. You can consult a full list of the participating regions here

In case you need support...

Please contact Ben Kennard, BIC Communications & Stakeholder Relations Manager at ben.kennard@biconsortium.eu. If you experience any issues using the platform or have a comment to share about your experience with the platform, 

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