The "Bio-Based Industries" initiative

On 30 May 2014, the GreenWin, in collaboration with Valbiom, became a full member of the BIC Consortium (Bio-based Industries Consortium) uniting members of the European bio-based industry.

A public-private partnership (PPP) with a budget of 3.7 billion Euros, encompassing the BIC network and the European Commission, was then set up. This means that the Bio-Based Industries initiative (BBI) has become one of the 7 "Joint Technology Initiatives" of the European Commission.

The idea behind setting up this PPP was to speed up economic growth and create new jobs, especially in rural areas, by encouraging the development of biorefineries. This initiative is part of the European research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020. The BIC Consortium now boasts 70 full members and 90 associate members.

This funding is aimed at innovative projects that will be selected on the basis of calls for projects and developed around 5 themes: lignocellulosics, forests, agriculture, organic by-products and waste and bioenergy.

In Wallonia, there are a number of organisations who are joining forces as members of the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) and form the BIC-Wallonia working group : the GreenWin cluster representing its 11 SME members, in partnership with ValBiom, the companies De Smet Engineers & Contactors, Solvay, Total, BASF, the Südzucker group and the research centre Certech.

More information about the BBI

Context

This initiative is based on three observations:

  • The European potential in terms of biomass stocks, technology and expertise is impressive
  • The lack of interaction and consistency between different stakeholders and countries is a weakness
  • European funding is still low compared with the USA ($50 billion), China ($300 billion) and Brazil $3 billion), and as well as this, it is rarely ploughed into concrete demonstration projects (6% in Europe compared with 48% in the USA and 58% in China)

Objective

The idea behind setting up this PPP was to speed up economic growth and create new jobs, especially in rural areas, by encouraging the development of biorefineries.

How it works

The BBI was officially launched on 27 June 2014 and was set up to last for 11 years, so until 2025. The BBI has a Board of Directors, with an equal number of BIC members and European Commission members, as well as a Scientific Committee. The themes are defined by the Programming Group, which is made up of manufacturers who are members of the BIC.

Criteria for calls for projects

There will be annual calls for projects for funding in which any company, research centre or university will be able to take part. Three types of project will be eligible: R&D projects, demonstration pilots and innovative industrial projects ("flagships"). These projects must fit in with the themes of 5 value chains.

  • Fuels, materials and products biosourced from lignocellulosic biomass
  • Next generation forest biomass value chains
  • Next generation agricultural biomass value chains
  • Next organic waste value chains
  • Integrated biorefineries

Projects will be evaluated according to excellence criteria by independent experts. Priority will be given to pilot and demonstration projects as well as those able to answer long-term important needs (organic waste valorization, innovative biobased products development…).

The work programme for the 2018 call has been officially published.

This call will be open in April 2018. An Info Day will be organized on the 17th of April 2018 in Brussels. During this day, you will be informed about the call (procedures, rules, proposal advices, insights on the previously funded projects…). Networking sessions are planned and will offer you the opportunity to meet relevant European players and possible future partners.

As a reminder, GreeWin and Valbiom, as BIC (Bio-based industries consortium) members, attend all BBI events in close collaboration with their members and Walloon partners in order to foster their participation in European projects.

Do not hesitate to contact the cluster to help you build a BBI project and identify partnerships.

Informations

Contact : emilie.etoundi@greenwin.be