Research and development at European level
– driver for an innovative and dynamic industry

The biopolymer and bioplastics industry is a key driver of innovation in the bid to transform Europes economy into a more sustainable, circular, and resource-efficient bioeconomy. Public and private schemes are funding the research and development efforts that are necessary to enhance our knowledge of tomorrows sustainable solutions, improve our ability to produce more efficiently and consume more sustainably, and enable us to effect tangible change.

Cooperation as the key to success

In Europe, between 2007 and 2020, more than 130 projects of public or joint public and private research projects have been performed in the area of bioplastics in different EU programs, such as Horizon 2020 (H2020), BioBased Industries Joint-Undertaking (BBI-JU) or EU-LIFE.

Industrial participation in these projects amounting to almost 134 million Euro underlines this success and the unique bundling of public and private research in the field of the biobased economy in Europe.

The investigated topics cover the complete life cycle of biobased and biodegradable plastics, such as material and application development, recycling, circularity, and supplementary research on sustainability and communication.

The succeeding research frameworks Horizon Europe (including European Innovation Council EIC) and Circular Biobased Europe Joint Undertaking (CBE JU) are set up even to even expand this success story.

We are committed to research…

European Bioplastics (EUBP) is committed to supporting research and innovation efforts and currently serves on the Advisory Boards of several on-going EU and national research projects. As an association, we also encourage our member organisations to join in on selected programmes that are pushing innovation in fields that are related to their business or research focus and provide opportunities for the commercialisation of research outcomes. Our current project activities in H2020 and BBI-JU include:

… and we also provide a platform for your projects! 

Are you part of a research network, or would you like to present your project at our annual conference? In order to strengthen the link between academia and industry, at our annual European Bioplastics Conference we regularly offer an opportunity for research projects to present their findings to a highly targeted and relevant audience, and we disseminate project-based bioplastic innovation achievements across our network on a regular basis. 

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Do you have an innovative idea? 

European Bioplastics is proud to be part of an international network to successfully address the global and EU-wide challenges related to more sustainable polymer materials and to support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals together with our partners. If you would like to find out more about our project-based activities, or if you would like to partner up with European Bioplastics or its members in research project initiatives, do not hesitate to contact us or complete and return this form.