Success story overview

11 December 2019

Most companies that are well known across the globe today started out as small companies and turned into big ones at some point in their business journey. Just look at the founders of the world’s biggest search engine who launched their company in a garage. In essence, this giant used to be an SME. SMEs are carriers of innovation and are core to the transition to the bioeconomy. 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 where the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) fits in.

BBI JU empowers SMEs
29 November 2019

'The Blue bioeconomy is already a trillion euro industry with a huge potential and unprecedented rate of development…' It is said that we know more about the surface of the moon, than what happens under the sea. But now, with pressures increasing on resources on the land, there is a fresh focus on what can be harvested from our rivers, seas and oceans. This is an exciting field of innovation known as the blue bioeconomy, defined as any economic activity associated with the use of renewable aquatic biomass to make products. Supporting Europe’s position as a global leader in the blue bioeconomy is the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking.

BBI JU contribution to blue bioeconomy
27 November 2019

Disposable nappies, or diapers, are a hygienic time-saver - but one with an environmental impact. The BBI JU EMBRACED project has developed collection and recycling systems that turn used nappies and similar products into profitable new materials for more sustainable use.

BBI JU EMBRACED project: Creating sustainable value from used nappies
22 November 2019

A team of BBI JU-funded scientists and business developers have built and successfully demonstrated a biorefinery for separating sugar beet pulp (SBP) into high-value, environmentally friendly products for various markets.

BBI JU PULP2VALUE project: Extracting high value products from sugar beet pulp
25 October 2019

The BBI JU GRACE project has successfully tested the usability of miscanthus for biofuel production. The technology used could help realise the full potential of this promising energy crop.

BBI JU GRACE project, miscanthus
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. Our future depends on reusing what we have in a sustainable way. Not only are we using more resources, we are producing large amounts of waste, especially municipal solid waste (MSW) as more and more people move from rural areas to urban ones to primarily seek opportunities for economic development.

How BBI JU is helping businesses to repurpose waste to drive new circular economic models
08 October 2019

The Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking delivers substantial socio-economic and environmental benefits to Europe, actively contributing to the European Green Deal.

High-impact bio-based initiative for a circular Europe
04 September 2019

Jean Monnet, the founding father of the European Economic Union, famously commented that 'people only accept change when they are faced with necessity, and only recognise necessity when a crisis is upon them.' But even when change is accepted, ensuring it leads to success is hard. The challenge of change is very apparent when it comes to those building the bioeconomy in Europe – a vibrant but varied area that encompasses agriculture, fisheries, forestry, paper, chemicals, energy and consumer products among other sectors.

How BBI JU has built the model for the successful expansion of Europe’s growing bioeconomy
22 August 2019

Entrepreneurs in the aquaculture sector face a problem – extracting all the valuable molecules from seaweed and algal cells is still really difficult. But marine enzymes and magnets are now making it easier to remove precious molecules and can even turn microalgae into magnetically-guided ‘vehicles’ for targeted drug delivery. The BBI JU VALUEMAG project is developing cutting-edge magnetic technology to this end.

BBI JU VALUEMAG project: Magnets are being used to extract algal molecules for the beauty and bioplastics industries
20 August 2019

Over the past three years, the BBI JU-funded BioCannDo project focused intensively on communicating bio-based products and the bioeconomy. The project team gained a lot of experience, which it would now like to share with other communicators. Ten key insights are presented in BioCannDo’s recent publication The BioCanndo experience: Let’s talk about bio-based products.

The BBI JU's BioCannDo experience: let’s talk about bio-based products

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