Bio-based alternatives to petrochemical products from non-food biomass feedstock
AFTER-BIOCHEM is a BBI-JU project that will contribute to the renewal of industry and, more broadly, to the development of strong bioeconomy value chains in Europe by proving the value of the innovative, sustainable and replicable biorefinery model designed by AFYREN. AFTER-BIOCHEM proposes an innovative global concept that consists of an entire process at industrial scale to transform current agricultural processing co-products into competitive organic acids and esters with lower environmental impacts.
Funding: € 19.960 000 (H2020 – BBI)
Total Budget: € 33 081 000
Maximize the valorization of the sidestreams of the sugar industry and securing the feedstock for the flagship biorefinery
Create innovative and more sustainable value chains from non-food biomass feedstock
Implement a “zero waste” strategy thanks to an optimized production process and the use of co-products in the form of fertilizers.
Produce industrial-scale multiple high added value natural products with application in various markets
Create and maintain jobs in local areas
Improve the economic and environmental sustainability of key European crops
Reduce significantly the carbon footprint of organic acids production comparing to petrochemicals organic acids production
Support the EU’s Circular Economy action plan
Reduce the dependence on petrochemical-based ingredients for a range of molecules
AFTER-BIOCHEM brings together 8 European partners:
3 SME: AFYREN NEOXY, PNO, SPHERA
8 large industries: CELANESES, SUDZUCKER, FIRMENICH, SUEZ, KEMIN, TECHNIP FMC, OMY, FIABILA
1 cluster: IAR, the French Bioeconomy Cluster
IAR oversees dissemination and communication actions of this project alongside participation in market studies.
This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI-JU) under grant agreement No 887432.
The JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and the Bio Based Industries Consortium »