Building a low-carbon future
Today, most chemical building blocks and materials are still produced from fossil resources, which pose a range of challenges from environmental to economic and security of supply. Switching to a bio-based feedstock model would protect against supply dependency and generate a lower carbon footprint, create more sustainable production systems, and strengthen the competitive position of the bio-based chemicals industry. Specifically, this switch could cut up to 85% of CO2 emissions compared to fossil-based value chains.
Stronger innovation together
The challenge of building and demonstrating the viability of converting woody biomass demands a wide range of expertise, facilities, and experience. Because of this, DSM works closely on BIOFOREVER with 13 partners: API Europe (Greece), Avantium Chemicals BV (the Netherlands), Bioprocess Pilot Facility BV (the Netherlands), Borregaard AS (Norway), BRD BV (the Netherlands), Elkem Carbon AS (Norway), Green Biologics Ltd (UK), MetGen Oy (Finland), Nova Institute GmbH (Germany), Novasep Process SAS (France), Phytowelt GmbH (Germany), Green Biologics Ltd (UK), Port of Rotterdam NV (the Netherlands), and SUEZ Groupe SAS (France).
Boost to regional employment
The expected impact of BIOFOREVER extends beyond the environmental advantages. Across the sector, the number of jobs of a future commercial scale biorefinery is expected to be 1,200, which could generate a further 6,000 to 7,500 indirect jobs in the European region where the biorefinery will be located, especially in the agricultural and forestry sector.