Linking BioBased Industry Value Chains Across the Alpine Region

Overall Objective

​The project addresses one of the biggest common challenges of the Alpine Space: the transition from a fossil-based to a circular bio-based economy. This transition is needed to strengthen the regional economic activity and sustain high value-added businesses and jobs in the Alpine Space. The challenge is caused by:
• Traditional operation in a linear economy
• Poor understanding of natural strengths in the Alpine Space
• Missing awareness of interregional opportunities

The project aims at tapping into the existing potential by setting up a methodology to connect diverse bio-feed-stock producers with intermediate product developers and end users of high value applications addressing critical societal needs, to create new cross-regional value chains for a bio-based circular economy. It will result in four demonstrator value chains with identified individual actors covering agro-based industries, wood-based industries, chemistry and food- / pharma-packaging.
Specific objectives:
  • Facilitate tailor made matching of bio-based actors across the Alpine Space
  • ​Facilitate initiation of high added value bio-based applications and product​
  • Recommendations for a common policy debvelopment on circular bio-based economy


Transition from a fossil-based to a circular bio-based economy. Create new cross-regional value chains for a bio-based circular economy, setting up a methodology to connect diverse bio-feed-stock producers with intermediate product developers and end users. 

Main Result

Four pilots value chain: wood, chemistry, food-pharma packaging, agrofood.

Project Partners
Plastics Innovation Competence Center Business Upper Austria – OÖ Wirtschaftsagentur GmbH Poly4EmI hosted by Anteja ECG d.o.o. Centre of Alpine Studies of Pieve Tesino Confindustria Lombardia BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH Hub Innovazione Trentino Technologiezentrum Horb GmbH&Co.KG Lombardy Green Chemistry Association Plastipolis France Clusters others

Project Manager
Plastics Innovation Competence Center (PICC) - School of Engineering and Architecture of Fribourg, HES-SO - University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland

Project Funding
2.036.020 € (1.730.617 co-financed by the ERDF)

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