About biobased production

An increased use of biomass may present a number of very promising perspectives to society and commerce. In recent years, these prospects have been encapsulated in the concept of the bio-based society.

The basic idea is the construction of an economy that increasingly relies on the use of biological rather than fossil raw materials. 

In addition to reducing dependency on fossil energy, increased biobased production may contribute to reduce the import of feed protein to Danish farm animals, reduce environmental impact of agriculture and generate local production and employment opportunities.

Several feasibility studies have been conducted as the basis for decision-making in the area. According to the EU-funded Star-COLIBRI project, there is, for example, a realistic possibility that by year 2030 as much as 25 percent of Europe's transport energy will be provided by biofuels, while 30 percent of Europe's heat and power production will be sourced from biomass, and 30 percent of the total chemical manufacturing will be bio-based.

It is also likely that the European market for bio-based fibres and polymers, such as viscose, carbon fibres and bioplastics will experience significant growth.

The development will additionally lead to the production of a new generation of biodegradable materials and composites in biorefineries, and these will also produce a wide range of bio-based products that are fully competitive with their conventional equivalents.