The Bioeconomy project GRACE is made up of a unique consortium of 22 partners from both academia and industry and also includes SME’s, farmers and an industrial cluster. These are joining forces to demonstrate three goals
- the upscaling of miscanthus crop production
- the production of both miscanthus and hemp on lands of low productivity, abandoned land or land with contaminated soil
- the establishment of 10 biobased value chains at a scale of relevance to industry.
The ten value chains under consideration will be demonstrated from the production of the crop through to the final biobased product. In addition, the environmental, economic and social sustainability of each value chain will be assessed using LCSA tools. To maximize the outreach of the project, GRACE is also following a participative approach and installing an Industry Panel. The idea behind this panel is the establishment of a platform which interested companies and organizations can join, enabling them to cooperate with project partners and participate in project outcomes.
The crops assessed in the project are miscanthus and hemp, which are cultivated on low-quality and contaminated land. For miscanthus, one main focus is the demonstration of the large-scale production of seed-based hybrids. Find out more about the crops here.
The GRACE project demonstrates the production of various biobased products in 10 demo cases. Find out more about the biobased products and the value chains here.
The economic, environmental and social sustainability of each biobased product produced in the project will be assessed. Find out more about the aspects of sustainability and the tools used here.
The GRACE project has received funding from the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 745012.