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Strategic Targets for 2020 - Collaboration Initiative on Biorefineries

Final Report Summary - STAR-COLIBRI (Strategic Targets for 2020 - Collaboration Initiative on Biorefineries)

The STAR-COLIBRI project's main objectives was to; promote coordination and overcome fragmentation in the field of biorefineries research; to facilitate information exchange and cross-fertilization; to support break-through innovations by speeding up and facilitate industrial exploitation of research results. The objectives have been pursuing results in five areas:

1. Mapping & Information Exchange.
Activities under Work Package 2, 'Information handling and collection' included the collection of background information on biomass resources, EU and member state policy, market and consumer data, and so on. Information about more than 300 ongoing European projects and 900 biorefinery-related organisations was also compiled. In terms of information accessibility and quality, the STAR-COLIBRI Biorefinery Portal was specified and set up to provide a common, intelligent platform that now is the reference source for the STAR-COLIBRI consortium as well as the ETP stakeholders and several European research projects.

2. Establishing a model for collaboration between on-going research and innovation projects.
STAR-COLIBRI established a set of selection criteria for so-called 'Star projects' and 'StarClusters'. In the thereafter following activities, each research project found was measured against the success criteria which resulted in a top-nine list of potential Star projects. All these projects were contacted by the STAR-COLIBRI consortium. In one case STAR-COLIBRI were able to develop a StarCluster compassing five partners. The StarCluster is called Bio4Flow and the Star project is called Bio4Energy. The main achievements of this set of activities are: a process developed for selecting high-impact projects, a methodology for establishing win-win collaborations between several ongoing research projects, and one StarCluster developing called "Bio4Flow".

3. A joint European biorefinery vision 2030.
The Joint European Vision document is supported by the stakeholders of all five participating industry sectors. The vision document will provide a competitive edge for Europe by focusing on sustainable products, a growing integration of biobased industrial sectors, and a renewed, competitive and knowledge intensive rural economy based on biorefinery.

4. A joint European Research Roadmap for 2020.
A research roadmap covering the complete area of biorefinery-related research was prepared. The research roadmap describes prioritised research undertakings from biomass to bio-based products. It also proposes a number of strategically important actions to undertake by policy makers and the industry.

5. How to optimise public investments.
In two reports STAR-COLIBRI dealt with how to optimise public investments in biorefinery-related research and innovation. The report on alternative Public-Private Partnership and the report on trans-national research programme in the area of biorefineries concluded that a combination of a Private-Public contractual partnership with the European Commission as the public body and a multi-annual ERA-Net Plus scheme - a Public-Public contractual partnership between the EC and Member States would be a very beneficial public investment model.