The project intends to represent a key milestone towards the future industrialization of biobased fibres and films production in Europe foreseeing the mobilization of relevant investments and fostering the adoption of multi-stakeholders collaboration models to demonstrate effective ways to develop new cases of biobased economy interconnected with circular economy joining environmental sustainability and economic profitability.
The project covers the whole value chain: feedstock production, conversion into innovative biobased building blocks through chemical and biotechnological processes, formulation of innovative biobased polymers (polyesters and polyamides), final products development, end-of-life products management and processing.
Following a circular economy approach, the sustainability of the value chains will be further enhanced by the demonstration of an improved end-of-life of the developed eco-designed biobased solutions through the application of monomer regeneration, recycling (for polyamides based fibres and films) and composting/anaerobic digestion (for polyesters based films) processes.
The EFFECTIVE project intends to demonstrate first of its kind and economically viable routes for the production of biobased polyamides and polyesters from sustainable renewable feedstock for the obtaining of fibres and films with enhanced properties, market competitiveness and increased sustainability.
Such materials will be applied into eco-designed large consumer products targeting different markets, i.e. construction, automotive, primary and secondary packaging and textile and with the potential of being applied into many other markets (fishing, engineering plastics, agriculture, hygiene and personal care).
CIRCE will take part in the improvement of the Eco-design and recycling processes, and will lead the byproducts valorization following a circular economy approach, in order to obtain biogas for energetic purpose.
In addition will carry out the evaluation of the resource and energy efficiency to further optimize the processes, as well as studies on social acceptance toward the future market uptake of the biobased products
Together with the rest of the partners CIRCE will also evaluate the environmental, economic and social sustainability through the application of LCA, LCC and S-LCA (Social Life Cycle Assessment) methodologies. Furthermore, the center will contribute to the definition of strategies and measures to be undertaken towards the standardization of the biobased products.