Expected Impacts

AFTER-BIOCHEM paves the way the chemical industry transition to circularity and will actively contribute to the structuration of a sustainable bioeconomy value chains in Europe. Projects’ impacts are in line with the BBI-JU roadmap: the SIRA, which sets out the main technological and innovation challenges to developing sustainable and competitive bio-based industries in Europe.

AFTER-BIOCHEMs’ impacts are expected to contribute also to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established by the United Nations (UN). AFTER-BIOCHEMs’  impacts report a contribution to the SDG8 “Decent work and economic growth”, SDG9 “Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure”, SDG12 “Responsible Consumption & Production” and finally SDG13 “Climate Action”.

To achieve that ambition, AFTER-BIOCHEM will:

Environmental impacts
Impact Key figures
Reduce significantly the carbon footprint of carboxylic acids production comparing to petrochemicals carboxylic acids production.

The carbon footprint of carboxylic acid (versus petro based): min -81%.

The carbon footprint is based on an LCA performed by Sphera in 2019. It will be updated during the AFTER-BIOCHEM project.

Related Sustainable Development Goals: SDG13.

Optimize resources efficiency and therefore support the EU’s Circular Economy action plan.

Volume of industrial process waste generated: 0kg per ton of carboxylic acids produced.

AFTER-BIOCHEM implements a “zero waste” strategy thanks to an optimised production process and the use of co-products in the form of fertilisers

Related Sustainable Development Goals: SDG12.

Reduce the dependence on petrochemical-based ingredients for a range of molecules.

Reduction of the number of petrol barrel per ton of natural carboxylic acid produced.

In the AFTER-BIOCHEM process, fossil-based raw materials are replaced by agricultural processing co-products.

Related Sustainable Development Goals: SDG13 and 12

Improve the economic and environmental sustainability of key European crops such as sugar beet.

1 new outlet created

The process developed will be integrated into a standard sugar refinery

Related Sustainable Development Goals: SDG12.

Social impacts
  Impact Key figures
Create local direct jobs in manufacturing & construction/engineering sectors.

Up to 50
Implementation of AFYREN NEOXY’s strategic recruitment plan based on: 

  • Local training
  • Local labour market 
  • Local industrial relationship

Related Sustainable Development
Goals: SDG8.

Create local indirect jobs in manufacturing & construction/engineering sectors.

Up to 200

Implementation of AFYREN NEOXY’s strategic recruitment plan based on: 

  • Local training
  • Local labour market 
  • Local industrial relationship

Related Sustainable Development
Goals: SDG12.

Economical impacts
Impact Key figures
Create new value chains based on cross-sector interconnection.

Creation of 6 new value chains.

AFTER-BIOCHEM will turn agricultural processing co-products into a range of new bio-based consumers products categories with applications in the food and feed, fragrances and flavor, personal care, pharmaceuticals, and industrial chemicals. The process will also valorise the only process co-product into a fertiliser.

Related Sustainable Development Goals: SDG9.

Produce new building blocks based on sustainable biobased feedstocks.

7 carboxylic acids: Acetic, propionic, valeric, isovaleric, butyric, isobutyric, caproic.

At least 2 derivatives

Related Sustainable Development Goals: SDG9.

Develop innovation in organic waste recovery and recycling.

At least 3 substrates at pilot scale will be tested.

AFTER-BIOCHEM will explore the innovation potential of exploiting two other potential feedstocks (residual food waste and organic fraction of households’ waste) for a much higher added-value application than composting.

Related Sustainable Development Goals: SDG12.