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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
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.
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
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.
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