Biofuels and the European Bioeconomy

Bio-based Industries Initiative BII

On 9 July 2014 the European Commission and the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) oficially marked the launch of the €3.7 Billion Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI) and its first Call for Proposals. 

The BBI is a new public-private partnership dedicated to breaking Europe’s dependence on fossil fuels by converting biomass and wastes into greener everyday products. Innovative technologies and advanced biorefineries are at the heart of this initiative which is focused on deployment and the creation of new markets for bio-based products such as food, feed, chemicals, materials and fuels.

To accelerate the development of the bioeconomy a proposal for a Bio-based PPP was developed as outlined in the draft Vision Report Bio-based for Growth: a public-private partnership on bio-based industries. On 10 September 2012 a Stakeholder Conference on the Bio-based PPP was held in Brussels. Subsequently, a Bio-based Industry Initiative BBI was established as a Public Private Partnership between the EC and the Bio-based Industries Consortium.

Background to the Bio-based PPP

Development of sustainable advanced biofuels is part of the Strategy for a Sustainable European Bioeconomy proposed by the European Commission in February 2012 to shift the European economy towards greater and more sustainable use of renewable resources and processes (for food, feed, energy and industry).

The plan focuses on three key aspects: developing new technologies and processes for the bioeconomy; developing markets and competitiveness in bioeconomy sectors; and pushing policymakers and stakeholders to work more closely together.

The EU bioeconomy currently has a turnover of nearly €2 trillion (2012) and employs more than 22 million people, 9% of total employment in the EU. It includes agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food and pulp and paper production, as well as parts of chemical,biotechnological and energy industries. Each Euro invested in EU-funded bioeconomy research and innovation is estimated to trigger €10 of value added in bioeconomy sectors by 2025.

Following the European Commission’s strategy and action plan for a sustainable European Bioeconomy, the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation organsied a series of events in 2012 and 2013 in both in Brussels and in some of the Member States:

View 25 bioeconomy stakeholder presentations from 2013 Stakeholders Conference - Bioeconomy in the EU: Achievements and Directions for the Future


Other EC projects and activities in support of the bioeconomy

European Bioeconomy Observatory - All the latest data and information about bioeconomy, including statistics on investments in research, policy mapping, bioeconomy country profiles, data visualisation and analytical reports. This online resource is managed by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC).

BERST - BioEconomy Regional Strategy Toolkit - for benchmarking and developing strategies