The research centre of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (CRF – FCA) is looking for circular and bio-based solutions to make car components more sustainable, and to that end is collaborating with the Biobridges project.
The Biobridges project was conceived as a means to tackle the challenge of improving the marketability of bio-based products by fostering close cooperation and partnerships among bio-based industries, brand owners and consumers’ representatives. These are the groups that have a key role shaping the a more sustainable and greener European economy in the future.
The project also stimulates and supports the active engagement and interaction of other relevant stakeholders such as policymakers, public authorities, clusters, CSOs, NGOs, researchers, associations, local communities, with as aim to improve the market acceptance of bio-based products.
The establishment of a sustainable European bio-based industry presents a feasible route towards achieving numerous Sustainable Development Goals. Bio-based products and solutions offer a great opportunity to reconcile sustainable long-term growth with environmental protection through the prudent use of renewable resources for industrial purposes.
However, introducing bio-based products and solutions into the established business practices of a brand is a lengthy and complex process. It not only requires innovative technologies from the supply side, but also broad regulatory and societal transformations in which the involvement of brand owners is crucial.
In its most recent sustainability report
, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, stated that it was engaged in reducing the environmental footprint of its products by embracing the concept of the circular economy. Sustainable design plays a key role in this process. FCA has committed to “selecting recycled, recycling, bio-based and/or bio-filled materials” as one way to help “reduce the overall environmental impact of the vehicles we produce”, the company wrote.
In that context, the carmaker has issued a call for innovative solutions in collaboration with the Biobridges project.
The call is targeted at solution providers of innovative biobased materials. Bio-based industries, SMEs, start-ups, research centre and EU fnded projects are encouraged to apply.
For more details: www.biobridges-project.eu
Source: Bioplastics MAGAZINE, 2020-08-14.