Currently, almost all aromatic chemicals and building blocks originate from fossil fuels. Lignin is a phenolic natural polymer with the potential to replace these non-renewable resources.
AEP is a Partner of SMARTLI, a three-year project which aims to develop valorisation routes for lignin, creating materials – thermoplastic composites, phenolic resins, polyurethanes and epoxy systems - with the potential to replace those that presently depend on fossil raw material sources. Importantly, it will source them from underutilised lignin by-products from pulp and paper industry.
SMARTLI will add value to the underexploited biomass sidestream lignin and deliver quality homogeneous raw materials for users. At the same time, it will reduce dependence on fossil fuel based raw materials and enhance sustainability by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
This project has received funding from the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 668467.
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