The European Joint Undertaking on Bio-Based Industries
(BBI), consisting of representatives from the European Union and the bio-based industry, granted Euro 25 million to PEFerence, a consortium of eleven companies. The grant supports the establishment of an innovative value chain for bio-based raw materials as well as chemicals
and materials based on polyethylenefuranoate
(PEF). It includes the intended construction of a 50,000 tonnes FDCA
(furandicarboxylic acid) reference plant, the main chemical building block for the production of PEF. Synvina, a joint venture of Avantium and BASF, will be coordinating the PEFerence
BBI acknowledges the engagement of PEFerence
for more eco-friendly materials and end products, resulting in substantial benefits for the environment and society. Based on renewable feedstock, products made of PEF will significantly help to replace fossil-based packaging materials and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, following BBI’s assessment. PEF is an innovative polyester suitable for applications such as bottles, films and polyurethanes.
PEF bottles can be recycled and used again as raw material for bottles, as well as for packaging and textiles. Additionally, PEF offers superior product properties in comparison to conventional polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and provides major advantages for end consumers. Improved barrier properties for gases allow to redefine packaging solutions based on PEF. It also offers a higher mechanical strength, thus thinner PEF packaging can be produced and fewer resources are required. PEF is suitable to produce bottles for carbonated and non-carbonated beverages, foil pouches as well as personal and home care products.
and its shareholders BASF
and Avantium, the partners in the PEFerence
consortium include Tereos Participations (France), Alpla Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co Kg (Austria), OMV Machinery Srl (Italy), Croda Nederland BV (The Netherlands), Nestec Sa (Switzerland), Lego System As (Denmark), Nova-Institut fur politische und okologische Innovation GmbH (Germany) and Spinverse Innovation Management Oy (Finland).
The European Joint Undertaking on Bio-based Industries
is a public-private partnership between the European Union and the bio-based industries
consortium aiming at increasing investment in the development of a sustainable bio-based industry sector in Europe. It aims at providing environmental and socio-economic benefits for European citizens, increasing the competitiveness of Europe and contributing to establishing Europe as a key player in research, demonstration and deployment of advanced bio-based products and biofuels.