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New BBI JU-funded bio-based polymers project launched

CHAMPION – a Research and Innovation Action (RIA) aiming to replace conventional polymers with novel bio-based polymers for their application in coatings, textiles, home care uses and structural adhesives – has been awarded Horizon 2020 BBI JU funding.

The CHAMPION project includes 14 partners from six European countries coordinated by the University of York.

The initiative will aim to produce alternatives to polymer-based products.

The majority of conventional polymers are not fit for recycling and end up being incinerated or landfilled, according to the University of York. Some of the chemicals used in their production may result in toxic emissions depending on the end of life process they go through. These characteristics stand in contrast to the EU’s green credentials and its ambitions to create a circular economy.

Professor James Clark, CHAMPION project coordinator, said: “The current approaches to polymer production are not compatible with the EU’s circular economy and green ambitions; the CHAMPION project will develop suitable, even superior replacements.”

Novel CHAMPION bio-based polymers result from the aza-Michael addition reaction and are expected to be suitable replacements for polymers used in resistant kitchen counter coatings, laundry detergents and other homecare products, car interior surfaces, and structural adhesives. Recovery, chemical recycling and organic recycling (with the option of controlled energy recovery) are the end-of-life options planned for the design of products using CHAMPION polymers.

Dr Steven Brown, Technology Development Manager at Scott Bader (one of the 14 partners of the project), and chair of Composites UK Sustainability Group said: “The composites industry is an enabler of a sustainable society however we must end the reliance on fossil derived chemicals whilst promoting alternatives to end-of-life waste.

“This multi-partner EU funded project will show us that we don’t have to compromise on performance to achieve a balance with nature.”

The CHAMPION consortium is integrated by:

  1. University of York – United Kingdom
  2. Wageningen Food & Biobased Research (WFBR) – The Netherlands
  3. BioDetection Systems BV – The Netherlands
  4. Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy – Finland
  5. Process Design Center BV – The Netherlands
  6. OWS NV – Belgium
  7. Circa Sustainable Chemicals Ltd – United Kingdom
  8. Unilever UK Central Resources Ltd – United Kingdom
  9. nova-Institut für Politische und Ökologische Innovation GmbH – Germany
  10. Ava Biochem BSL AG – Switzerland
  11. Stahl International BV – The Netherlands
  12. Orineo BV – Belgium
  13. SQ Consult BV – The Netherlands
  14. Scott Bader Co Ltd – United Kingdom

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