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The LGP2 recently became an associate member of the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC), an association founded in Brussels in 2012 to represent the private sector within the Bio-Based Industries (BBI) public-private partnership.
With its strong scientific expertise in the valorization and functionalization of biomass, the Laboratory of Pulp and Paper Science and Graphic Arts (LGP2) is fully aligned with the objectives of the Bio-Based Industries partnership. As an associate member of the BIC consortium since 2015, it benefits from an initiative that facilitates the process of responding to calls for projects, as well as access to European funding. Feel free to contact the lab regarding projects with an industrial focus in any of its areas of activity.
Bio-Based Industries (BBI) is a €3.7 billion partnership between the European Union and the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC). This public-private partnership was inspired by the vision defined by the Strategic Innovation & Research Agenda (SIRA) within the scope of Horizon 2020: that of a competitive, innovative and sustainable Europe leading the transition towards a post-petroleum society while decoupling economic growth from resource depletion and environmental impact. With this objective in mind, bio-based industries have a fundamental role to play. A strong bio-industrial sector will enable a drastic reduction in Europe's dependence on fossil fuels while fostering green growth that respects the environment. The key is to develop new biorefinery technologies so as to convert sustainable natural resources into bioproducts, biomaterials and biofuels.
This nascent sector is expected to grow rapidly and to create new markets and jobs. It already attracts considerable investment in the United States, China and Brazil. The European Union displays immense potential – in terms of industry, scientific research and renewable resources – that must now be harnessed sustainably if it is to take part in the global race to create a successful bioeconomy.
Within this partnership, the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) represents private partners from various sectors: agriculture, agri-food, technology, silviculture, pulp and paper, chemicals and energy. Its 200 members include major companies, SMEs, universities, research centres, technology platforms and associations based across Europe.