BBI JU Info Day and Brokerage Event 2017
- Thursday, 04 May 2017
Following the official launch of the 2017 Call for Proposals, on Friday 28 April 2017, the BBI JU organised its fourth Info Day and Brokerage Event in Brussels. Philippe Mengal, Executive Director of the BBI JU kicked off the day, highlighting the organisation’s achievements. According to an independent study, most BBI JU 2020 targets have already been met, and in some cases, expectations have already been exceeded.
“After seeing the overwhelming number of participants in our calls, all of us at BBI are convinced that our vision for a competitive and sustainable Europe, leading the transition towards post-petroleum era, has also become your vision. We are all here today because we truly believe that Europe is capable and deserves to have its own bio-based economy,” said Mengal.
In his presentation, Dirk Carrez, BIC Executive Director underlined the key role the BBI JU play in the development of new value chains and jobs. “The turnover of the entire bioeconomy amounts to €2.2 trillion and the bio-based economy contributes €650 billion. In Europe, a total of 18.3 million employees are active in the bioeconomy and there are 3.3 million employees in the bio-based industries alone,” explained Carrez.
The 2017 Call, which opened on 11 April, is focused on four strategic pillars: feedstock, process, products and market uptake. The BBI JU is looking for high-quality project proposal submissions. The deadline is the 7 September 2017.
The three previous Calls have resulted in funding for 36 projects, with an additional 29 new projects expected to be signed in the coming days.
Sustainability Consult was part of the winning consortium for the BIOSKOH project, which will pave the way for Europe’s largest second-generation biorefinery. We also actively support the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC), the BBI JU’s private sector partner. Our Bioeconomy Success Stories, which you can find on the BIC website, provide information about some of the other BBI JU-funded projects.