BBI JU in the media

Bioplaguicidas para ayudar a salvar el patrimonio olivarero
Sevilla Actualidad, 15 September 2020
The local newspaper explains how BBI JU-funded BIOVEXO project is planning to fight the Xylella pest in olive trees with sustainable bio-based pesticides.
Read more: Spanish

Regions must step up to promote a green transformation of Europe’s bioeconomy
ScienceBusiness, 10 September 2020
BBI JU Executive Director Philippe Mengal took part in a workshop to make recommendations for the green recovery of Europe. Participants agreed on recommending regional development of the bio-based economy at the regional level and a systemic approach that ensures continuity at European level. 
Read more: English

Upcycling food waste into new proteins and ingredients
Food Manufacture, 21 August 2020
The creation of highly-valuable plant-based ingredients by BBI JU-funded project Pro-Enrich is featured in the specialised portal. The project uses by-products and waste from agriculture and food producers to boost the circularity of resources.
Read more: English

BioBridges: a way to the market
BE Sustainable, July 2020
The specialised magazine reviews the main learnings from the BBI JU-funded BIOBRIDGES project.
Read more: English (pages 39-41)

Agricultura y CTA presentan una plataforma para acelerar la digitalización del sector de la biomasa
La Razón, 16 July 2020
The Spanish newspaper highlights the platform created by ICT-Biochain.
Read more: Spanish

España coordina el proyecto europeo BeonNAT
RTVE Castilla y León, 16 July 2020
The Spanish broadcaster features the new BBI JU BeonNAT project in its news show. The reporter underlines that the project will use barren land to grow biomass sustainably. Moreover, he emphasises the contribution of projects of this kind to develop rural areas economically and fight against depopulation.
Watch it: Spanish (from 5:03 to 6:43)

BIOBRIDGES: a way to market
BE Sustainable, 6 July 2020
The magazine highlights the co-creation workshops launched by the BBI JU BIOBRIDGES project to stimulate cooperation and partnerships between consumers, brand owners and the bio-based industries.
Read more: English (page 39 to 41)

Increasing efficiency and economic gains in sustainable forestry and harvesting operations
BE Sustainable, 6 July 2020
The BBI JU-funded project TECH4EFFECT has launched the Silvismart platform to increase the industry's efficiency.
Read more: English (page 9 to 11)

Annual Activity Report BBI JU published 
Agro&Chemistry, 3 July 2020
The specialised outlet highlights the BBI JU AAR 2019. They underline that the '101 BBI JU grants showed a significant contribution in terms of socio-economic and environmental impact, while maintaining a strong drive for innovative small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and high involvement of the scientific community.'
Read more: English

BBI JU publiceert jaarverslag
BioBased Economy, 3 July 2020
The BBI JU AAR 2019 is announced in this news article that highlights that BBI JU-funded projects reduce energy consumption, improve land use and water efficiency and develop more sustainable use of natural and existing unused resources.
Read more: Dutch

European biodegradable fishing gear and clothing project unveiled
Bio Market Insights, 25 June 2020
The new BBI JU GLAUKOS project will reduce ocean pollution by developing innovative and eco-friendly textile fibres and textile coatings that combine excellent technical performance with a low environmental impact.
Read more: English

Ÿnsect erhält Zulassung für Dünger auf Insektenbasis
topagrar online, 25 June 2020
Ÿnsect, the coordinator of the BBI JU FARMŸNG project obtained the green light to commercialise organic insect-based fertiliser. The facilities where they produced this compost are part of the FARMŸNG project, even though the product itself is not.
Read more: German

EU puts $20m into building a sugarbeet biorefinery to make organic acids
AFN, 18 June 2020
AFTERBIOCHEM, one of the Call 2019 flagship projects, kicked off in June. The article underlines that the project 'foresees “50+ direct jobs and up to 200 indirect jobs” in manufacturing, construction, and engineering. Additionally, the team behind the project will study if the project could be duplicated in other parts of Europe or elsewhere around the world.'
Read more: English

Ÿnsect va commercialiser le premier engrais à base d'insectes
Les Echos, 17 June 2020
The SME coordinating the BBI JU FARMŸNG project was granted permission to commercialise its insect-based compost by the French agency for food health. Even though the development is not part of the FARMŸNG project, they share the same species of worms and facilities.
Read more: French

BBI JU promotes its bio-based project achievements via launch of new publication
Bio Market Insights, 17 June 2020
The specialised portal features the latest publication BBI JU: a high-impact initiative for green recovery of Europe, highlighting that 'by using mostly organic waste and sidestreams from agro-food industry and forestry, leveraging investments and creating jobs in rural areas, these projects are paving the way for a truly circular economy in Europe.'
Read more: English

Impact of BBI JU for the green recovery of Europe
Agro & Chemistry, 16 June 2020
The article underlines the achievements of BBI JU projects included in our latest publication. The outlet emphasises that 'the vast majority of BBI JU projects are developing new sustainable biobased chemicals, materials and products with a lower environmental impact than their fossil-based alternatives.'
Read more: English and Dutch

Nieuwe publicatie BBI JU over de bijdrage aan een groen Europa
BioBased Economy. 16 June 2020
The article features the publication BBI JU: a high-impact initiative for green recovery of Europe. It highlights BBI JU Executive Director Philippe Mengal stating that 'we have achieved this while contributing to the fight against climate change and the protection of the environment.'
Read more: Dutch

Chimie verte  : Afyren convainc 12 partenaires et l'Europe pour son projet de bioraffinerie
La Tribune, 12 June 2020
The newspaper highlights the success of the AFTERBIOCHEM project in being selected as a BBI JU flagship.
Read more: French

Nicolas Sordet (Afyren) : Afyren obtient un financement européen de 20 millions d’euros
BFM Business, 11 June 2020
TV interview with the CEO of Afyren, the SME leading the BBI JU AFTERBIOCHEM flagship project. He stressed that the biorefinery would operate in a fully circular mode using waste from the sugar industry. The production is expected to drastically reduce the COemissions of the industry by two thirds.
Watch it: French

CTA y Sustainable Innovations impulsan un proyecto europeo para transformar productos en bienes bio
La Razón, 10 June 2020
The new BBI JU BIOSWITCH project features in one of the main Spanish newspapers. The article explains how the consortium is going to help brand owners to make the switch into bio-based products. It also highlights that Andalusia, Spain, will be one of the focus areas of the projects.
Read more: Spanish

‘From fossil-based to bio-based’
Innovators, 10 June 2020
The magazine highlights how the BIOSWITCH project will support businesses transition into the bio-based economy by providing them with information and assessment tools.
Read more: English

Tecnología verde para dar nueva vida a los residuos agroalimentarios
Ecoticias, 10 June 2020
The newspaper specialised in environment explains how the new BBI JU MODEL2BIO will predict the residues from agriculture in order to valorise them.
Read more: Spanish

Jerónimo Franco (SAV): "Con los proyectos europeos WaystUP! y HOOP hemos situado a la región a la vanguardia europea de la economía circular"
Valencia Plaza, 5 June 2020
The BBI JU-funded project RECOVER is mentioned as an example of waste reduction in agriculture.
Read more: Spanish

Inside the VALUEMAG project: a revolutionary, innovative, and eco-friendly solution to significantly reduce algae harvesting costs
Bio Market Insights, 4 June 2020
The BBI JU-funded project VALUEMAG is developing an advanced magnetic method for micro-algae cultivation and uses this knowledge to produce micro-algae for food, cosmetic and nutraceutical use at minimum possible cost.
Read more: English

New BBI JU projects aimed at accelerating bio-based transition
Agro&Chemistry, 3 June 2020
The article highlights how the new BBI JU Allthings.bioPRO and BIOSWITCH projects will support the transition into a bio-based economy by engaging with citizens and helping businesses.
Read more: English

Tom van Aken (Avantium): wereldwijde aandacht voor de afbreekbare fles
BNR, 1 June 2020
The coordinator of BBI JU PEFerence flagship project explains the choice of Delfzijl, the Netherlands, for the construction of the biorefinery. He highlights how the plant will rely on existing petrochemical skilled workers and infrastructure, thus enabling the reconversion into a more sustainable industry.
Listen (from 24:00 to 47:20): Dutch

Model2Bio supports reuse of food industry waste streams
Agro&Chemistry, 31 May 2020
The BBI JU Model2Bio project aims to develop an instrument to predict residual flows of organic material from the food industry and to identify the best routes for recycling this waste.
Read more: English

Ready meal trays from BBI JU funded FRESH project Biobased Material of the Year
Agro&Chemistry, 28 May 2020
The bio-based and compostable packaging developed by the BBI JU FRESH project has been awarded the 'Bio-based Material of the Year 2020'.
Read more: English

Biofractionation flagship plant project – SWEETWOODS – presses ahead
Bio Market Insights, 26 May 2020
The building of our SWEETWOODS project biorefinery is making progress, despite the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The project has finished the 1st phase of constructions of the fractionation plant in Imavere, Estonia.
Read more: English

Big companies support plant-based beer and soft drinks bottles
Agro&Chemistry, 17 May 2020
The coordinator of the PEFerence project, Avantium, will establish different partnerships with food and drink companies to produce bio-based bottles. 
Read more: English

The end of plastic? New plant-based bottles will degrade in a year
The Guardian, 16 May 2020
Avantium, the coordinator of the PEFerence project, will produce bio-based bottles for multinational companies.
Read more: English

An exclusive interview with Philippe Mengal, Director of BBI JU. 'The bio-based sector can be a key contributor to the Europe’s recovery'
ll Bioeconomista, 11 May 2020
BBI JU Executive Director Philippe Mengal discusses the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the bioeconomy and the role the bio-based industries can play in the economic recovery.
Read more: English

Un progetto europeo per il settore tessile
Green Planner Magazine, 28 April 2020
GRETE is an innovative BBI JU project that applies bio-based and sustainable solutions to the textile industry to help reduce its environmental impact.
Read more: Italian

BBI JU published clear booklet about Call 2020 
Agro&Chemistry, 08 April 2020 
The specialised magazine reported about the publication of the BBI JU Call 2020 booklet. Executive Director Philippe Mengal was quoted remarking that ‘the industry is maturing and our projects are delivering concrete results.’ 
Read: English 

ICT-BIOCHAIN presenta su plataforma para digitalizar la cadena de suministro de biomasa
RETEMA, 31 March 2020
The BBI JU-funded CSA ICT-BIOCHAIN project launched the online platform that connects biomass suppliers with actors needing feedstock.
Read more: Spanish

Urbiofin, un proyecto que convierte el bioetanol en bioetileno y limpia el biogás de siloxanos
Energías Renovables, 25 March 2020
This online magazine specialised in clean energies showcases the work of the BBI JU-funded URBIOFIN project, which transforms municipal solid waste into bio-based chemicals.
Read more: Spanish

From worthless leaves to valuable powder
Wageningen World, 16 March 2020
The BBI JU GreenProtein project stars in this new magazine. The article explains how the project is using the beet leaves, that used to be left behind in the fields, to produce a plant-based protein that may replace animal protein in food.
Read more: English (from page 18)

Una empresa valenciana produeix envasos biodegradables a partir de residus orgànics
À Punt TV, 02 February 2020
Researchers from the BBI JU-funded USABLE PACKAGING project explain the benefits of the bio-based packaging that biodegrades in only 20 days. It is currently used to package food and creams and also to make straws.
Watch it: Catalan

Ενημερωτικές ημερίδες για τη νέα Σύμπραξη Βιο-βασισμένων Εταιρειών στην Ευρώπη (BBI JU)
BIOENERGY NEWS, 29 January 2020
Presentation of the BBI JU call for project proposals 2020 in Greece. During the event, there were also presentations of Greek organisations involved in BBI JU-funded projects.
Read more: Greek

La UA crea piezas de coches a partir de desechos agrícolas
Cadena COPE Alicante, 19 December 2019
A researcher from the BBI JU BARBARA project explains in this Spanish radio station how the project is converting agricultural waste into valuable bio-based products.
Listen to it: Spanish (from minute 31 onwards)

Scientists unearth the secrets of mushroom compost
Euronews, 16 December 2019
Report by Euronews on BIOrescue achievements transforming mushroom compost into bio-based products.
Watch it: English
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Cáscaras de limón, granada, brócoli o almendra se usarán para fabricar el salpicadero de tu coche
Cadena SER Alicante, 12 December 2019
A researcher from the BBI JU BARBARA project explains in this Spanish radio station what bioeconomy is about and how the project is converting agricultural waste into valuable bio-based products.
Listen to it: Spanish

Developing Ireland's bioeconomy
Irish Times, 11 December 2019
The Chair of the BBI JU Scientific Committee Kevin O'Connor is interviewed after being named Ireland Researched of the Year. In this news article, both BBI JU and our AgriChemWhey project are mentioned to explain the role of the bio-based industries in Ireland and Europe.
Read more: English

How the BBI JU empowers SMEs across Europe to innovate and grow
BioMarketInsights, 11 December 2019
Yet, just like a seed sometimes needs help to grow into a flower, SMEs also need a hand with their development, especially those involved in the bio-based industrial sector. This is because they often lack capital, but lead in innovation. Sometimes they also need guidance and expertise to develop their products. This is where the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) fits in.
Read more: English

Meet three European pioneers leading the blue bioeconomy revolution
BioMarketInsights, 29 November 2019
Comprehensive article about the contribution of BBI JU to the development of the blue bioeconomy in Europe. The BBI JU AQUABIOPRO-FITABACUS and BIOSEA projects are explained as examples in the field.
Read more: English

Grand format: Matériaux tous azimuts
En Direct, 14 November 2019
This French magazine explains the achievements of BBI JU SSUCHY project while reviewing the materials of tomorrow. The article highlights several applications of SSUCHY's innovations, such as an electric scooter chassis and a dashboard for the cockpit of an electric plane.
Read more: French

Imprese al top nell’innovazione avanzata
La Reppublica, 06 November 2019
The BBI JU BiOPEN project is mentioned in this report by the Italian newspaper about BiOPEN's coordinator CiaoTech.
Read more: Italian

Ruim 30 experts Europese bio-economie op BBI JU Stakeholder Forum
Agro&Chemie, 23 October 2019
This specialised media on bio-based and circular economy published the main highlights about the BBI JU Stakeholder Forum 2019.
Read more: DutchEnglish

Graanul Invest flagship plant received the cornerstone
Bio-based news, 22 October 2019
The BBI JU SWEETWOODS project laid the cornerstone for its flagship biorefinery. The purpose of the plant, which will be constructed in Estonia, next to Imavere pellet plant, is development and production of biomaterials from low-quality wood residues. In result of temperature, pressure and mechanical force, the innovative technology of the plant splits wood fibers into basic elements – high-purity lignin and wood sugars, which enable use in several industries.
Read more: English

Project focus: How BBI JU is helping businesses to repurpose waste to drive new circular economic models
BioMarketInsights, 17 October 2019
As a conversation piece, the circular economy is on everyone’s lips. It’s not just a buzzword. With the global population predicted to approach 9 billion people by 2030, we are using more resources than the planet can provide. To address this, the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU), a €3.7 billion institutional public-private partnership between the European Union and the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC), has encouraged bio-based industry stakeholders to move away from the linear take-make-dispose model by using waste as a feedstock to contribute to a circular economic model.
Read more: English

De dañar el planeta a crear valor
Diario de Valladolid, 15 October 2019
The Spanish newspaper highlights the achievements of the BBI JU-funded URBIOFIN and DEEP PURPLE projects as a milestone to transform greenhouse gases into valuable bio-based products.
Read more: Spanish

Four EU-funded projects joined forces to raise awareness on bio-based products during the EXPO “Science is Wonderful!”
Biobridges, 15 October 2019
On 25 and 26 September 2019, BIOWAYS, Biobridges, LIFT – three projects funded by the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking – and BIOVOICES joined forces and created the Bioeconomy Village at the 2019 edition of Science is Wonderful!, held in conjunction with the first edition of the European Research and Innovation Days.
Read more: English

High-impact bio-based initiative for a circular Europe
POLITICO, 10 October 2019
The Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking delivers substantial socio-economic and environmental benefits to Europe, actively contributing to the European Green Deal.
Read more: English

À défaut de biocarburants, les micro-algues prolifèrent pour d’autres industries
Industrie & Technologies, 04 October 2019
The BBI JU ABACUS project hosted the European workshop 'Alg'in Provence' in Arles, France. The main discussions revolved around the potentiality of valorising microalgae for industrial applications ranging from cosmetics and food ingredients to bioplastics and biofuels.
Read more: French

New first-of-its-kind zero-waste biorefinery project to produce proteins for food feedstocks
Bridge2Food, 01 October 2019
Ten partners from industry & research launch a project (known as PLENITUDE) to build a first-of-its-kind, large-scale, integrated biorefinery facility to produce proteins for food from low-cost sustainable feedstocks.
Read more: English

Achievements of a high-impact initiative for a circular Europe
ScienceBusiness, 27 September 2019
Did you know that renewable biological resources such as waste, agricultural and forestry residues, and aquatic biomass can be used to produce greener everyday products such as food and cosmetics, as well as animal feed, bio-based chemicals, textiles, and biodegradable packaging?
Read more: English

Microalgues : Microphyt obtient le feu vert pour attaquer le marché américain
La Tribune Occitanie-Montpellier, 26 September 2019
ABACUS beneficiary Microphyt has received the green light for the commercialisation of a food complement based on microalgae in the US. This development is part of the efforts by this BBI JU-funded project.
Read more: French

BBI JU 2014-2019: achievements of a high-impact initiative for the bioeconomy in Europe
Parliament Magazine, 23 September 2019
In Europe the bio-based industries sector is already worth 700 billion euros and employs 3.2 million people, but it faces complex and substantial technology and innovation challenges. Full deployment of such technologies onto the market requires sustainable sourcing of biomass, as well as new business models, which integrate all the economic actors across the value chains. The complexity of such an endeavour dictates the necessity to foster collaborations not only across sectors but also across borders. An institutional private public-partnership was therefore needed to ensure the full deployment of the bioeconomy in Europe.
Read more: English

New Ingredient Sources: Mycoprotein. Jim Laird (3F BIO)
Bridge2Food, 11 September 2019
3F BIO CEO Jim Laird explains the role mycoprotein can play in making more sustainable the consumption of proteins. Laird also highlights that BBI JU is 'a great example of leadership in encouraging new bio-based solutions'. 3F BIO is coordinating the BBI JU PLENITUDE flagship project. PLENITUDE aims to develop a sustainable mycoprotein biorefinery process capable of offsetting more than 11 million tonnes of CO2 per year and reducing water consumption.
Read more: English

How BBI JU has built the model for the successful expansion of Europe’s growing bioeconomy
BioMarketInsights, 04 September 2019
Since 2014, the standard-bearer for the development of the bioeconomy in Europe both from a socio-economic and environmental perspective has been the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU). In the past five years, BBI JU has played a crucial role in delivering investment that clearly states the importance and potential of bio-based industries to the future of Europe, and perhaps most crucially helps de-risk projects by providing EU funding and helping mobilise and leverage private investments.
Read more: English

Trois nouveaux projets pour réduire l'impact de l’alimentation animale
Process Alimentaire, 02 September 2019
FARMYNG, one of the newest BBI JU flagship projects, features as a solution to sustainably produce feed in France. The article also highlights that the project expects to create 1,200 direct and indirect jobs.
Read more: French

Sam Dilcock celebrates rural life in North Yorkshire
BBC Radio York, 28 August 2019
Interview to researchers of the Biorenewables Development Centre, where BioVale, a BBI JU AgriMax project beneficiary, is based. They use AgriMax as an example of bio-based innovations related to agricultural waste.
Listen to it (28:18 to 34:30): English

Feeding the 11 billion: the small Dutch town ending our food crisis
Wired UK, 20 August 2019
The BBI JU MAGNIFICIENT project features in this article covering the different approaches that the Wageningen University and Research (WUR) is adopting to tackle the challenge of feeding the growing global population. The WUR is a beneficiary of 10 BBI JU projects and coordinates the MAGNIFICIENT project, which stars in the Fuelling green growth section of the article.
Read more: English

Eesti ühe jõukama töösturi firma napsas suure eurotoetuse
Postimees, 06 August 2019
The BBI JU VEHICLE project is building a plant that uses hardwood residues as raw materials, breaking down the pulp into novel biomaterials.
Read more: Estonian

Affordable and scalable: 3F BIO's 'first-of-its-kind' mycoprotein biorefinery
Food Navigator, 23 July 2019
BBI JU PLENITUDE flagship project will increase the availability of sustainable, high-quality food protein to meet growing global demand.
Read more: English

The Numbers Don’t Add up for Meat-Free Future, says 3F BIO Founder in €17m Alt Protein Partnership
Agfunder news, 22 July 2019
Our PLENITUDE flagship project will produce a plant-based protein that is 50% more cost-efficient than meat alternatives. It is based on grains and is called mycoprotein.
Read more: English

Car parts from weeds: The future of green motoring?
BBC NEWS, 19 July 2019
In an article covering different ways of making car manufacturing more sustainable, the BBI JU BIOMOTIVE project features as a positive example. The project is working to reduce the carbon footprint of cars by using bioplastics, which are more sustainable than the fossil-based materials employed so far.
Read more: English

Eesti esirikas asub ehitama uudset puidutehast
Postimees, 08 July 2019
Graanul Biotech granted the permit to build a wood-based demo plant in Järva, Estonia, as a part of the SWEETWOODS project.
Read more: Estonian

Final Event marks a next phase for Pilots4U
Agro&Chemistry, 26 June2019
With more than 450 registered open access pilot research facilities and more than 100 participating organizations in 20 countries, the BBI JU Pilots4U project can certainly be called a success. 
Read more: English

6,3 milioni di euro per la ricerca biobased
GreenPlanner Magazine, 26 June 2019
INGREEN project aims to promote waste and by-products from the agri-food industry and paper mills, transforming them into bio-based ingredients, through sustainable and industrially validated biotechnological processes.
Read more: Italian

Al via Ingreen, nuovi prodotti per la bioeconomia
Yahoo Italia, 21 June 2019
INGREEN project aims to produce new high-quality biobased food, feed, cosmetic or pharmaceutical prototypes, more sustainable and more effective than the products on the market today.
Read more: Italian

Europe's flourishing bioeconomy
Euronews, 14 June 2019
MetGen is a beneficiary of BIOFOREVERBIOrescueSWEETWOODSUNRAVEL and WoodZymes projects.
Read more: English

Boosting Europe's bioeconomy
Euronews, 14 June 2019
Interview to Johanna Buchert, Vice-Chair of the BBI JU Scientific Committee and the President and CEO of the Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE).
Read more: English

La start-up Ynsect reçoit 20 millions d'euros de la Commission européenne
Les Echos, 11 June 2019
Philippe Mengal:
« Ce projet phare, FARMYNG, va contribuer […] à l'objectif stratégique […] qui est de réduire la dépendance de l'Union européenne vis-à-vis des importations massives de protéines », complète Philippe Mengal, directeur exécutif de l'agence Bio-Based Industries, cité dans le communiqué.
Read more: French

Ynsect fourmille d’ambitions avec sa ferme de scarabées
Le Figaro, 11 June 2019
Kick-off about the new French flagship project: FARMYNG.
Read more: French

Alimentation : comment la start-up française Ynsect veut devenir le plus grand producteur d’insectes du monde
franceinfo, 11 June 2019
Interview to the coordinator of FARMYNG project.
Read more: French

How companies across Europe are creating sustainable products using no fossil fuels
Euronews, 31 June 2019
The work of the BBI JU-funded EXILVA project is featured in a report as an example of bio-based solutions that can substitute oil-based products. Starting from 8’ 44’’, the video shows the biorefinery that this project is using to transform Norwegian spruce into microfibrillated cellulose (MFC).
Read more: English

Biomass: The Role of Science and Science-Based Policy-Making
REVOLVE, 23 May 2019
The BBI JU is featured as an example of the European Commission commitment to ensure research and innovation in biomass and bioenergy.
Read more: English

Du plastique créé à partir de biodéchets chez Celabor
VEDIA, 22 November 2018
Bioplastic created from food waste in the BARBARA project.
Read more: French