Co-ordinated by Novamont and funded by the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking under Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, First2Run is a flagship project involving four companies and universities from Italy, UK and The Netherlands.
This is a first-of-kind value chain where low input and underutilized oil crops grown in arid and/or marginal lands and not in competition with food or feed, are exploited for the extraction of vegetable oils to be further converted into bio-monomers. These bionomers act like building blocks for high added value bioproducts, biolubricants, cosmetics, bioplastics, additives through the integration of chemical and biotechnological processes.
By and co-products from the process will be valorised both for energy, feed for animals and added value chemicals productions in order to increase the sustainability of the value chain. Standardization, certification and dissemination activities will support the project in relation to increased marketability as well as social acceptability of developed biobased products in view of their penetration in the market.
The final event on 20 June 2019 will gather high profile stakeholders for a round table followed by a networking cocktail: detailed agenda and subscription