Impact

1 - The demonstrated upPE-T enzymatic technology will allow the upcycling of up to 60% of food and drink packaging plastic wastes by 2030. Our technology will be focused in the upcycling of the most consumed plastics (PE-38.79% and PET 32.74%) in the food and drink packaging sector.

2 - upPE-T will highly contribute to increasing upgraded waste recycling facilities designed to use biotechnological processes by introducing an innovative biocatalytic system in the recycling sector opening new business opportunities. This system will allow the generation and recovery of high value products (such as terephthalic acid, ethylene glycol, alkanes) to be re-used and valorised into industrial new applications.

3 - The demonstrated upPE-T technology to obtain biobased and biodegradable rigid and flexible food & drink packaging from plastic wastes will establish a viable roadmap to ensure that 60% of food and drinks plastic packaging will be produced from renewable sources, since we will demonstrate our technology in most representative food and drink sectors (meat-20%, candies-16%, bakery-11% & dairy-13%) by industrial validation of the food & drink packaging development by upPE-T partners end users.

4 - upPE-T will highly contribute to increase awareness among European citizens of products and materials upcycling capacity. This contribution will be achieved through a robust strategy, that will integrate SSH Responsible Research, and Innovation processes (RRI), and will be focused on understanding citizens needs considering age, gender and social aspects, establishing a roadmap to increase awareness among key groups and general public, and implementing a continuous analysis of effectiveness.

5 - Standardization & certification in upPE-T will be a valuable tool for supporting the exploitation and the dissemination of the project outcomes, by facilitating future replicability and widest use and raising market acceptance. Considering existing standards in the project and monitoring ongoing standardization developments during its lifetime will guarantee that the results respect established practices, enhance interoperability and reach a better market application.

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

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