Phytowelt News » Phytowelt GreenTechnologies is part of an EU-Consortium of Biobased Industries for the establishment of biorefineries

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07/10/2013, Phytowelt Nettetal / Köln

The Biobased Industries Consortium, a group of 48 large and small companies and various biotechnology organisations, has founded together with the European Commission a Public Privat Partnership to accelerate the development of biobased products in Europe by 2020.


The Biobased Industries PPP is set to boost growth and jobs, especially in rural areas, as it invests in new and sustainable ways to organize the economy. These biorefineries allow not only the replacement of petroleum-based products by their biobased equivalents but also the development of novel products with innovative functionalities for new and existing markets.


“Biorefineries” are at the heart of the biobased economy. Unlike conventional fossil refineries that use finite fossil sources, biorefineries use various sources of sustainable biomass and waste to produce everyday products such as food, feed, chemicals and fuels. A variety of sectors will be brought together to optimize and create new value chains, i.e. connecting farmers and foresters directly to the processing industries and future consumers.


In this PPP Phytowelt will be represented by CLIB2012. Dr Peter Welters, CEO of Phytowelt Nettetal, is involved in developing programs for demonstration projects and project developments in the value chains "forestry" and "agriculture". Welters remark "We are on the verge of a new industrial revolution" demonstrates clearly his enthusiasm for the Consortium. "Sustainable economic growth as a result of biobased chemical industries would open up unimaginable possibilities for rural areas as the Lower Rhine region, if the right decisions for infrastructures and frameworks are taken now."


Further comments on the Biobased Industries Consortium:


*Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science:


"The emerging bio-based industry sector is set be the game-changer for stimulating smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in Europe. By finding commercially viable ways of generating fuel and other products from plants and waste, it will significantly reduce our dependency on oil, help us meet climate change targets, and lead to greener and more environmentally friendly growth. Europe must develop technology leadership in this sector, which is why the EU and industry are backing this new Joint Technology Initiative."


Representing the Biobased Industries Consortium:


*Berry Wiersum, CEO of Sappi: This is a unique partnership that places sustainability at the heart of all economic, social and industrial activities. It is about realising the untapped potential of biomass and waste, to deliver sustainable growth in Europe.”


*Peder Holk Nielsen, CEO of Novozymes: “The Biobased Industries PPP is important for Europe to remain competitive in the global bioeconomy race. It is an opportunity for re-industrialisation and for reversing the investment trend currently going to other regions of the world.”


*Guy Talbourdet, CEO of Roquette Frères: “BRIDGE comes at a critical time for European development of the bioeconomy. Such a PPP will accelerate the market entry of new biobased products “made in Europe” in the so-called biorefineries. The use of locally grown biomass will not only enable growth and jobs in rural areas across European regions, but it will also reduce the EU’s reliance on fossil or proteins imports, thus enhancing resource, energy and food security.”


*Feike Sijbesma, CEO of Royal DSM: "This is the start of a promising future for Europe. The develop-ment of biobased industries at the crossroad of agriculture, chemistry and energy will enable new value chains and translate the R&D potential into new, innovative and sustainable biobased products and markets serving society.”


* Original quotes are translated by Phytowelt


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