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

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.

Coordinator

UTRECHT UNIVERSITY

Address

Padualaan 14
3584 Ch Utrecht

Netherlands

Administrative Contact

Leen RASSER (Msc.)

Participants (13)

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AGROTECHNOLOGY AND FOOD INNOVATIONS BV

Netherlands

BP CHEMICALS LTD

United Kingdom

CARGILL DOW LLC

United States

CERISS - CENTRO PER L'EDUCAZIONE, LA RICERCA E L'INFORMAZIONE SU SCIENZA E SOCIETA

Italy

DEGUSSA AG

Germany

DSM RESEARCH BV

Netherlands

DU PONT DE NEMOURS (DEUTSCHLAND) GMBH

Germany

FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

NOVOZYMES A/S

Denmark

PLANT RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL B.V.

Netherlands

SHELL INTERNATIONAL CHEMICALS BV.

Netherlands

UNIQEMA LTD

United Kingdom

UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID

Spain

Project information

Grant agreement ID: G5MA-CT-2002-00014

  • Start date

    1 April 2003

  • End date

    31 July 2005

Funded under:

FP5-GROWTH

  • Overall budget:

    € 892 492

  • EU contribution

    € 451 890

Coordinated by:

UTRECHT UNIVERSITY

Netherlands