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Medium and long-term opportunities and risks of the biotechnological production of bulk chemicals from renewable resources

Objective

To date, most attention related to biotechnology has been paid to GM food, pharmaceuticals and human genomics. Unperceived by most, biotechnology is about to open new perspectives for the manufacture of chemical bulk materials and chemical intermediates. Potential benefits are the availability of new superior materials, the use of domestic renewable raw materials (stable and secure), ecological benefits (renewable feedstocks and energy efficient processes ) and the evolution of a new technology area offering growth and employment opportunities in various sectors. On the other hand there are also important risks, among them the reduction of biodiversity, health impacts for humans and the general public perception which can devaluate earlier investments. In ten work packages, the proposed project deals with all major aspects of the biotechnological production of bulk chemicals and chemical intermediates from renewable raw materials in the medium and long term (until 2050). The ultimate goal is to provide an overall evaluation or the opportunities and risks. The results of the project are expected to be highly relevant for strategy development both in companies and in policy. Early communication of the results may also contribute to a rational public discussion and it may spur private-public partnerships.

Funding Scheme

ACM - Preparatory, accompanying and support measures

Coordinator

UTRECHT UNIVERSITY
Address
Padualaan 14
3584 CH Utrecht
Netherlands

Participants (13)

AGROTECHNOLOGY AND FOOD INNOVATIONS BV
Netherlands
Address
Bornsesteeg 59
Postbus 17 Wageningen
BP CHEMICALS LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Saltend
HU12 8DS Hull
CARGILL DOW LLC
United States
Address
Minnetonka Boulevard 15305
MN 55345 Minnetonka
CERISS - CENTRO PER L'EDUCAZIONE, LA RICERCA E L'INFORMAZIONE SU SCIENZA E SOCIETA
Italy
Address
Via Calzecchi 10
20133 Milano
DEGUSSA AG
Germany
Address
Rodenbacher Chaussee 4
63403 Hanau
DSM RESEARCH BV
Netherlands
Address
Koestraat 3
6160 MD Geleen
DU PONT DE NEMOURS (DEUTSCHLAND) GMBH
Germany
Address
Dupont-strasse 1, Dupont Corporate Technology Off
61352 Bad Homburg
FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
Address
Breslauer Strasse 48
76139 Karlsruhe
NOVOZYMES A/S
Denmark
Address
Smormosevej 25, Bldg 1 Ams.04
2880 Bagsvaerd
PLANT RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 1
Wageningen
SHELL INTERNATIONAL CHEMICALS BV.
Netherlands
Address
Badhuisweg 3
1031 CM Amsterdam
UNIQEMA LTD
United Kingdom
Address
20 Manchester Square
W1U 3AN London
UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID
Spain
Address
S/n,avenida De La Complutense S/n Ciudad Universitaria
28040 Madrid