The European Bioeconomy Alliance is a unique cross sector alliance dedicated to mainstreaming and realising the potential of the bioeconomy in Europe

What brings us together:

  • The production and use of renewable resources as feedstock for making innovative, value-added everyday products and materials
  • The commitment to maximise the unused potential of European renewable resources to encourage the production of bio-based products and materials “Made in Europe”
  • Resource efficiency and sustainability as driving business principles

Our mission

The Alliance’s mission is to lead the transition towards a post-petroleum society. Recognising that the bioeconomy is still a relatively new political, economic and social concept, the Alliance will strive to:

  • Raise EU, national and regional leaders’ awareness on the benefits of the bioeconomy and bio-based industries
  • Make the bioeconomy mainstream above and beyond the research and innovation policy
  • Mobilise and engage stakeholders to realise the European bioeconomy potential
  • Advocate for a coherent, flexible and stimulating policy environment for bio-based solutions

Our reach

The European Bioeconomy Alliance sectors represent:

  • about 4,700 companies (including 5,100 production sites and mills) as well as 12 million farm holdings and 16 million forest owners
  • 29 million people employed, including:
    • 1.8 million people in industry
    • 26 million people in agriculture
    • 1.4 million people in forestry

In 2016, the European Bioeconomy Alliance’s sectors

  • Transformed about 340 million tonnes of agricultural or forestry raw materials (mainly cereals, cocoa beans, crude vegetable oil, rapeseeds, soybeans, starch potatoes, sugar beet, sunflower seeds, and wood)
  • into 200 million tonnes of products (e.g. paper, pulp, starch products and ingredients, sugar, vegetable oils, vegetable proteins, wheat flour, bioplastics, ethanol and other innovative bio-based building blocks) and 447 million cubic meters of round wood.

Sources: the European Bioeconomy Alliance’s sectors’ own data, Eurostat, EU DG Agriculture & LEI Wageningen study on Primary Food Processing

Our Objectives

Make bioeconomy a pan-European political priority

Mobilise opinion leaders with a view to mainstreaming bioeconomy as a viable and accepted alternative

Create a level playing field for bio-based products and materials

Our members

  • BIC – Bio-based Industries Consortium
  • CEFS – European Association of Sugar Producers
  • CEPF – Confederation of European Forest Owners
  • CEPI – Confederation of European Paper Industries
  • COPA-COGECA – European Farmers and European Agri-Cooperatives
  • ePURE – European Renewable Ethanol Producers Association
  • EuropaBio – The European Association for Bioindustries
  • EUBP – European Bioplastics
  • FEDIOL – The European Vegetable Oil and Protein Meal Industry
  • FTP – Forest-based Sector Technology Platform
  • PFP – Primary Food Processors
  • Starch Europe – European Starch Industry Association