Establishing a European biopolymer value chain from biomass feedstock to finished product

Plastics have become ubiquitous and nearly indispensable, yet they are largely made from fossil fuel-derived compounds and are having increasingly detrimental effects on the environment. One important way to mitigate the negative impacts of the plastics industry while acknowledging its relevance and supporting its existence is to transition away from petroleum-based compounds to bio-derived polymers.

ObjectiveEstablishing a European biopolymer value chain from biomass feedstock to finished product
Ref.H2020-BBI-JTI-2019- NENU2PHAR-GA-887474

Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) are among the most promising candidates. However, the EU is currently dependent on other countries for much of the PHA value chain. The EU-funded NENU2PHAR project is out to remedy that, taking a holistic approach that includes raw material production with microalgae and bacteria, the formulation and processing of biopolymers and the production of eight different PHA-based products.

Within the framework of the project, LOMARTOV, among other activities, is:

  • Assessing needs and challenges in regulations and standards.
  • Carrying out a full Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) to evaluate and optimize the environmental, economic and social impact of the proposed prototypes.
  • Adding environmental technical value to the proposal ensuring successful eco-design of the final products.
  • Contributing to the definition of the business methodology.



This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI-JU) under grant agreement No 887474. The JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and the Bio Based Industries Consortium.

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