Why join

upPE-T is delivered by a total of 20 European partners from 10 countries including enterprises, universities, research organisations, a Municipality, a Consumers Organisation, and a Standard Development Organisation.

The consortium will improve PE and PET depolymerization through enzymatic engineering to positively impact food and drink packaging recycling rate and achieve the European Union expected impact. In upPE-T we will turn PE and PET waste streams via enzymatic degradation and microbial assimilation into raw materials for the production of biodegradable bioplastics. In addition, we will simplify the downstream bioplastic recovery process from cell biomass using an efficient and green extraction approach in which toxic solvents are not used. Finally, together with customers and food and drink brand owners, bio-based end-packaging will be demonstrated and validated to ensure fast market deployment. 

The successful implementation of the project will require, however, a continuous cross-modal and inter-stakeholder dialogue and collaboration. The aim is to raise awareness about the objectives of the program, while disseminating the core strategic messaging targeting to reach and educate all relevant European audiences.

If you think that you and your organisation can contribute to the project’s aim, we would welcome your involvement.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 953214.