Apply microorganisms and/or enzymes to resolve end-of-life issues of plastics

This topic from the Horizon 2020 funding programme, will face the end-of-life of plastics problem by applying microorganisms and/or enzymes to biodegrade/decompose plastic waste. Focussing on circular economy, this challenge will avoid plastic littering land and sea and reduce plastic waste diverted to landfill or incineration, as it could result in new feedstock for the bio-based industry. Thus, industry participation will be an added value in order to demonstrate the potential for integrating the developed concepts and technologies.

TRL at the end of the project should be 4-5 for the bio-based value chain in question.

Type of action: BBI-RIA Bio-based Industries Research and Innovation action

Opening date:   04 April 2019

Deadline:   04 September 2019 17:00:00 (Brussels time)

Funding: Between EUR 2 million and EUR 5 million per proposal (proposals requesting other amounts will also be considered).

Scope. Select and apply the appropriate microorganisms and/or enzymes to address one or both of the following issues:

  • convert waste streams containing non-biodegradable polymers;
  • remove non-biodegradable polymers from the environment.


Proposals may include tailored microorganisms and/or enzymes for co-digestion or co-fermentation of different feedstock, provided that the developed solutions result in sufficient yields in terms of breaking down the feedstock and/or conversion into valuable products.

Expected Impact (BBI JU KPIS):

  • contribute to KPI 1 – create at least one new cross-sector interconnection in the bio-based economy;
  • contribute to KPI 2 – set the basis for at least one new bio-based value chain;
  • contribute to KPI 8 – validate at least one new and improved processing technology reflecting the ‘TRL gain’ since the start of the project.


It is expected that provided solution contribute to decrease the amount of non-biodegradable polymers sent to disposal or even discharged to the environment, contribute to ‘close the loop’ and thus reduce environmental impacts associated with nonbiodegradable polymers, and enlarge the range of feedstock able to be effectively and sustainably processed through biocatalytic systems.

Expected results will also create new jobs opportunities in the bio-based sector, increase income and business opportunities and lay the basis to the further exploitation at higher scales of microorganisms and/or enzymes to convert currently challenging streams.

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Source: European Commission – Single Electronic Data Interchange Area (SEDIA)

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