The paper industry is considered one of the leading sectors of the bio-economy. Pulp mills produce not only fibers, but also many other products. They are in the middle of the transformation to biorefineries.
More value from wood
Bio-economy means the change to an economic form that is based on bio-based materials and products instead of fossil materials and products in the future. This presupposes the sufficient availability of renewable raw materials such as wood, which are also in limited supply due to their slow growth. The top priority is therefore to use the available materials as carefully as possible. This also means that material use (the manufacture of products) must be given priority over energy use (production of energy).
Making optimum use of wood
The cascading use of wood represents one of the most convincing integrated value chains for the sustainable use of natural resources. It states that wood or its components should be processed into products first and recycled as often as possible. Those assortments (e.g. bark, tops, ...) and wood residues for which there are no more material recovery options are used for energy production. In order to implement the various goals of the bioeconomy, cascading use must also be legally anchored in all relevant legislation in order to avoid legal contradictions in the long term.
Further developing the starch fields paper and pulp industry
Through many years of experience and raw material logistics as well as extensive research efforts, the industry has acquired extensive know-how in wood pulping and further processing into (new) products. This knowledge - combined with already existing raw material logistics - is the strength of the paper industry on the way to complete biorefineries. In order to further develop this leading function, it is necessary to set research priorities and establish a financially supported exchange platform for the development of new business relationships. The change to a bio-economy requires, for example, the development and research of utilisation concepts for by-products from wood as a substitute for fossil materials.
FLIPPR PROJECT RESEARCHES RAW
MATERIALS FOR THE BIO-ECONOMY
The Flippr2 research project is dedicated to the even more comprehensive use of the components of wood. Industrial companies from the Austrian pulp and paper industry are working together with local universities to develop the raw materials for innovative products made of lignin and fibres. For this purpose, two research areas have been created for Flippr2 in which process and product development will be pursued. These are supported by superordinate platforms in terms of analytical know-how and accompanying ecological and economic research.
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Webinar on the lecture series: Value chain wood - How to adapt to climate change?