What is a biobased economy?
Biobased economy (BBE) is about the transition from an economy based on fossil fuels to an economy based on biomass as a raw material: from fossil-based to bio-based. In a biobased economy biomass is used for non-food applications. These applications include chemicals, materials, transportation fuels, electricity and heat.
see an overview of the network of biobased chains
Biomass is ideal for replacing fossil fuels in applications where carbon is essential, such as liquid fuels, materials and chemicals. Compared to other fossil substitutes, such as sun and wind, biomass has the unique property that it can be used for materials such as plastics, chemicals, cosmetics and medicines. It is not just about energy.
CatchBio is partner in the Biobased Economy, a high-priority R&D area of the Dutch government. Find out more on www.biobasedeconomy.nl (in Dutch) or see all the other research programmes involved (also in Dutch).