Bio-resources such as straw, bark, forest residues and sunflower husks could hold the key to a more environmentally-friendly future for Europe’s process industry. If they can be successfully utilised, these sustainable resources could directly replace the fossil-based materials currently used.
Bio4Products will demonstrate how these four bio-resources can be exploited, creating renewable and natural alternatives to fossil-based processing streams such as bitumen, phenols and creosote. The project will also demonstrate the integration of these sustainable resources into four end products: phenolic resins, insulation foams, sand moulding resins, and modified wood.
The overall objective is to create four products for which at least 30% of the original fossil-based stream is substituted with sustainable resources, and which deliver a 75% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.