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A new position paper of the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) illustrates that ongoing efforts to stimulate the European bioeconomy offer strong opportunities for achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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Thanks to BIC’s Partnership with the European Union since 2014, the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) has kick-started the European bioeconomy by supporting innovative bio-based demonstration and flagship projects. This currently contributes to multiple SDGs, with breakthrough innovation of sustainable biobased products and processes.


For example the BBI JU project AFTERLIFE develops a flexible, cost- and resource-efficient process for recovering and valorising the relevant fractions from wastewater, with pure and clean water as output, thereby ensuring access to water and sanitation for all (SDG 6).

Project BIOSKOH uses lignocellulosic biomass from agri-forest residues and dedicated crop cultures to produce second generation bioethanol for transport fuel, thereby ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all (SDG 7).

Project URBIOFIN is setting up an integrated and innovative biorefinery for the transformation of the organic fraction of municipal solid waste into new marketable bioproducts, chemical building blocks, biopolymers and additives, thereby making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable sustainable (SDG 11).

Continuation BBI JU

The BBI JU itself is an example of SDG 17 ‘Partnerships for the Goals’, where industry works alongside the public sector to develop more integrated solutions to global challenges. These and many other examples of contributions to the SDG’s by strenthening the European biobased industry can be found in the BIC Position Paper. They demonstrate how a continuation of the BBI JU under HORIZON EUROPE programme (successor of Horizon 2020), will underline the EU commitment to the SDGs.