From the Sugar Platform to Biofuels and Biochemicals

Client: European Commission
E4tech led a research consortium, with Wageningen UR and RE-CORD, to provide the European Commission (DG ENER) with a comprehensive evidence base regarding the production of biofuels and biochemicals from sugars. Numerous pathways exist, combining different feedstocks, pre-treatment options, conversion and downstream processes. Our one year study therefore assessed the development status of 94 products, providing market data and assessing technical barriers for 25 of the most promising products. Ten case studies were then considered in detail, to highlight leading EU activities in acrylic, adipic & succinic acids, FDCA, BDO, farnesene, isobutene, PLA, PHAs and PE, focusing on the value proposition offered by their greenhouse gas savings, physical properties, and economics. Finally, industry workshops were held to gather inputs on the competitiveness of the EU industry vs. US, Brazil and China, agree on remaining non-technical barriers, and provide ideas for further policy development to support the sector.

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