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In addition to SPIRE, Horizon 2020 sees the launch of the new Bio-Based

Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU), a proposal inspired by SusChem.

With the goal of cutting the EU’s dependency on fossil fuels, meeting

climate change targets and encouraging more environmentally economic

growth, this PPP will have access to a budget of €3.7bn. The Commission

will contribute €975m, and the BBI Consortium will provide just

over €2.7bn.

The BBI JU brings together multiple sectors to realise its objectives,

notably agriculture, agro-food, chemicals, and energy, and the

partnership includes large companies, SMEs, research technology

organisations and universities. In addition to creating new jobs and

increasing the competitiveness of the European economy, the BBI JU will

fund a number of research and innovation projects.

In May, the Commission announced the opening of a €100m call for

project proposals on the research topics ‘From lignocellulosic feedstock

to advanced bio-based chemicals’, ‘Valorisation of cellulose into new

added value products’, and ‘Innovative processes for sugar recovery and

conversion from municipal solid waste’.

Through multiple avenues, the Commission is supporting the research

of tomorrow in the chemical industry.


he significant growth of the world’s population will have a

dramatic impact on the planet’s resources. According to data

from the UN and the International Energy Agency, the Earth’s

population will increase by 20% to reach eight billion over the next 15

years, with the demand for energy rising by 50%. With increasing

pressures, the European Commission is emphasising the importance of

the circular economy, the reuse and recycling of materials, managing

resources more effectively, and renewable energy, in both policy and

practical projects, thus creating a sustainable economy.

The Commission notes: ‘Chemistry and new sustainable chemical

materials and technologies are of paramount importance to contribute

to and achieve those goals and to improve the quality of life for all of us.

Progress in chemistry will help European economic society become safer,

more sustainable and ‘greener’. This requires breakthrough innovations

and a successful European chemical sector – both in academia and

industry, hence the need for research and innovation.’

According to the EU institution, ‘chemistry innovation is a key component

of the sustained competitiveness of the chemical sector and more added

value here will also mean more jobs in Europe’. Furthermore, ‘to support

R&I for the development of innovative materials, including sustainable

chemical technologies’, the Commission is providing support through

DG Research and Innovation’s materials unit.

Chemical partnerships

In Horizon 2020, the Commission has brought together multiple sectors

to support chemistry research. The Sustainable Process Industry (SPIRE)

contractual Public Private Partnership (cPPP) is a flagship programme

of the European Chemical Industry Council and the European Technology

Platform for Sustainable Chemistry (SusChem). The cPPP brings

together eight different process industries, namely chemicals, cement,

ceramics, minerals, steel, non-ferrous metals, industrial water, and

process engineering.

Through the SPIRE Association, the partnership brings key benefits to

the European environment, economy and society. According to the

Commission, gains will be realised through achieving a 30% reduction

in energy consumption of the process industry and a reduction of the

utilisation of primary raw materials by 20% compared with current levels.

The cPPP aids the development of a more sustainable and growing

European economy, thereby helping to create new jobs. According to the

Commission, ‘industrial sectors involved in SPIRE represent 20% of the

European manufacturing base, with around 450,000 companies

providing 6.8 million jobs’. SPIRE will have a budget of around €900m

from the Commission during Horizon 2020, a figure that will be matched

by the private sector.

Organic partnering


explores the European Commission contributions to organic chemistry,

including the SPIRE cPPP and new BBI JU, under Horizon 2020

The EU backs ‘sustainable chemical technology’ development