Nine identified bio-based opportunities for the Chemical Industry
In the BBI-funded project RoadToBio with the main goal to develop a Roadmap to show the path to increase the bio-based share up to 25% in the chemical industry until 2030, nine business cases that exemplify the possibilities for the chemical industry to produce more bio-based products have been identified. For further information please follow the link and listen to a webinar held by the consortium on July 11 to present these business cases.
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RoadToBio wants to offer you the possibility to express your opinion on important barriers to bio-based products that hinder market uptake. Be part of the journey into a bioeconomy-based future. How? Complete the survey by the 31st August and return it back to the RoadToBio consortium.
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Sara González-García, Lucía Argiz, Patricia Míguez, Beatriz Gullón
Fermentation-derived bio-succinic acid (BioSA) is a valuable intermediate; it is used as a chemical building block, and has multiple industrial applications as an alternative to petroleum counterparts.
The aim of this study was to develop a full-scale plant to produce BioSA from apple pomace, a low-cost solid waste from the cider- and juice-making industry, based on a biorefinery concept, and to determine its environmental profile using a cradle- to-factory-gate, scaled-up LCA approach.
Foreground data used in this LCA were based on mass and energy flows, modelled in detail.
The production process was divided into three stages:
- reconditioning and storage;
- fermentation with Actinobacillus succinogenes;
The results indicate that the use of enzymes is responsible for the highest environmental burdens, due to their highly energy-intensive background production processes. When these were excluded from the analysis (following other studies available in the literature), the purification stage played an environmentally significant role, due to the extraction and distillation units involved. The electricity use and the requirements for organic solvents in these operations make up the largest environmental burdens. Thus, approaches with the highest potential for improvement must involve both operations.
Alternatives for improvement are proposed that offer interesting potential reductions in the environmental profile, especially at the purification stage.
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STAR-ProBio’s work package on market assessment includes the identification and overview of sustainability assessment factors from the point of view of consumers. The market assessment builds upon foresight methods, such as focus group activities and a three-round Delphi study to identify the demand for new sustainability criteria that are easily understood by the different consumer groups and relevant to their needs. The Delphi survey was implemented in May 2018. It addresses two main groups of stakeholders: professionals and end-consumers.
Your opinion, dear reader, is much appreciated. Therefore, we would like to invite you to participate in the survey.
Link to the survey for professionals: https://inno.limequery.com/999623
Link to the survey for end-consumers: https://inno.limequery.com/773451
We are looking forward to receiving your input.
What is bioeconomy? What are bio-based products? Is it possible to make more sustainable choices for the environment and for our health?
Visit the BIOECONOMY VILLAGE on May 24th from 11 am to 4 pm to discover it!
In the context of the Festival of Sustainable Development 2018, the main Italian contribution to the EUROPEAN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT WEEK, we’ll wait for you at Unitelma Sapienza (Viale Regina Elena, 295).
Promoted by the BIOWAYS, STAR-ProBio, BIOVOICES and EXCornsEED projects, funded by the European Commission, the BIOECONOMY VILLAGE aims to raise awareness among the public, improve knowledge about bio-based products and promote the applications and the benefits of bioeconomy, circular economy and sustainability, fostering dialogue, discussion and sharing between the general public, researchers and companies. Through research and products samples and practical demonstrations, will be showcased to the visitors, in a simple and engaging way, how bioeconomy is increasingly part of our daily lives and how consumers’ choices can have a positive impact on the environment, society and the economy. Innovative tools such as games (serious games, video games and quizzes) will be used.
CNR, APRE, UNITELMA Sapienza, La Sapienza, FVA New Media Research, Ecozema, Minimo Impatto, BY-entO, Algaria (Spireat) will be present, together with the European projects BIOVoices, BIOWAYS, STAR-ProBio, EXCornsEED, Leguval e Biobottle.
The UWM Internal Seminar “Sustainability Transition Assessment and Research of Bio-based Products: Progression and Shortcomings of Current Sustainability Standards of Bio-based Products” took place on the 22nd of March at the campus of the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn.
The goal of the seminar, consisting of 9 presentations on the scientific disciplines of agriculture, environmental management, economics and law, was to discuss research and activities performed within the STAR-ProBio project.
The event attracted 17 participants.