The IAR Cluster’s investment in large European projects has contributed to increasing its visibility beyond France’s borders, resulting in international recognition.
For the IAR Cluster, this involvement in European projects has enabled solid and fruitful partnerships to be built, contributing to the IAR Cluster’s reputation and that of its members.
Biorefinery Euroview, a European project resulting from the 6th FPRTD, aims to formulate recommendations with the European Commission to serve as forums for biorefinery development in Europe.
Coordinated by the Cluster, Biorefinery Euroview brings together six European partners:
- Agrobiopôle Wallon, Belgium
- VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finland
- Ghent University, Belgium
- Regional Development Agency of the North Great Plain (RDANGP), Hungar
- The European Association for Bioindustries (EuropaBio)
- Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI)
In March 2009, two years after the Biorefinery Euroview project launch, a final reporting workshop was held at the European Regions Committee in Brussels.
State-of-the-art details on biorefineries in Europe, a socio-economic analysis of their development constraints and initial recommendations were provided to the European Commission. The recommendations will allow the European Commission to identify future R&D actions to ensure that Europe retains a competitive position at an international level in the area of biorefineries.
Star Colibri (Strategic TARgets for 2020 – COLlaboration Initiative in BioRefInery), a European project resulting from the 7th FPRTD, aims to promote coordination between and help decompartmentalise the various research areas dealing with the biorefinery concept. Its focus is on facilitating information exchanges and cross-sector fertilisation. It will also aid and accelerate the industry’s exploitation of R&D results.
Star Colibri comprises 11 partners, including 5 European Technology Platforms (Forest-Based Sector ETP, Plants for the Future ETP, Sustainable Chemistry ETP, biofuels ETP and Agricultural Engineering and Technologies MANUFUTURE subplatform).
The cluster was the primary coordinator of a key document detailing the European vision for biorefineries by 2030 and of a strategic roadmap up to 2020. This is the first time that work uniting such diverse fields has been undertaken in Europe.
At the end of 2011, four of the five ETPs decided to continue the process by proposing a research programme based on the work of Star Colibri to the European Commission. This PPP (Private Project Partnership) project for the period 2014-2020 involves European industry in strategic research approaches.
For more info: www.star–colibri.eu/
- Joint European Biorefinery Vision for 2030
- European Biorefinery Joint Strategic Research Roadmap for 2020
Contact: Christophe Luguel