Viable, safe and sustainable PHBV value chain for food packaging applications.
VISS: Viable, safe and sustainable PHBV value chain for food packaging applications.
The European plastics policy highlights bio-based plastics as a key piece to solve the negative impact of fossil-based plastics in the environment. One of the most promising biodegradable biopolymers is the polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) family that can replace these fossil-based plastics in many applications. They are synthesised by microorganisms from renewable carbon sources and exhibit good properties and excellent biodegradability.
In this sense, ViSS project creates a new value chain around PHBV (a copolymer of the PHAs family) as a safe, sustainable, and cost-effective alternative to conventional plastics, especially for short shelf-life food packaging applications due to its excellent properties including flexibility, processability, recyclability and biodegradability in relevant environments (soil, freshwater, marine, industrial composting and home composting).
ViSS PHBV are produced from industrial organic residues and will be formulated and compounded to be transformed and validated as high-performance food packaging, being mechanically recyclable and biodegradable. Moreover, the whole ViSS circular value chain is constructed upon a collaborative approach and under safe and sustainable criteria, accomplishing EU regulations and ensuring policy alignment, while the project delivers and disseminate digital tools and resources to favor an increased social readiness and marketability of bio-based plastics, fostering a ViSS wide adoption and replication.
The gathers 15 partners from 6 European countries leaders in different fields of knowledge, from bioplastic production to validation in real packaging applications. Adoption of ViSS value chain is estimates to produce relevant outcomes as improved functionalities and environmental performances: reduction of 57.8% of CO2 emissions compared to fossil counterparts, yearly saving 11.7 kt of crude oil, recirculating 288.95 kt of biomass, and avoiding the use of 2.2 kt of hazardous substances.
Our main tasks
- Multiscale mathematical modelling for VISS processes.
- Development and implementation of VISS ICT-Platform.
- Readiness evaluation framework construction.
- Safety assessment and assurance across all the value chain.
PartnersAITEX | BEAULIEU INTERNATIONAL GROUP | CETBIO | CETEC | FONDAZIONE ICONS | HELIAN POLYMERS | IDENER.AI | IRIS TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS | PROPAGROUP | SENIOR EUROPA | TECNOALIMENTI SCPA | UNIVERSIDAD DE ALICANTE | VIDAL GOLOSINAS | VTT
Start date – finish date
09 / 2023 - 08 / 2027
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement Nº 101081931