About Us

Strategic Vision

Contribute to a low carbon and/or zero carbon economy for Portugal - Horizon 2030, generating new value chains, creating skilled employment and boosting the national bio-economy.



Portugal lags considerably behind other EU countries in this area, without any significant public and private investment in sustainable uses of biomass for new value chains, e.g. biomethane, biohydrogen, advanced biofuels (e.g. cellulosic ethanol, diesel substitutes) or bio-based products that replace others currently obtained from fossil resources.

Plan of Activities

CoLAB BIOREF will focus its main R&I activities on developing a variety of technological activities. 
The visual presentation of the integration of scientific, technological and innovation potential with the main raw materials and final products in BIOREF is presented in the image below.

The BIOREF Association is divided into four hubs located in S. Mamede de Infesta/Porto (headquarters), Portalegre, Aveiro and Póvoa de Santa Iria, being constituted by 9 SCTN entities (LNEG - coordinator, IST, FEUP, UNL/ITQB, FCUL, UAveiro, UMinho, IPP and UTAD) and 11 companies (TRATOLIXO, PETROGAL, Solvay, Biodourogás, A4F-Algafuel, RAIZ, BLC3-Evolution, SysAdvance, Biotrend, SilicoLife and TAP Air Portugal).

Besides the activities inherent to its Strategic Agenda, BIOREF, with the help of its constituent entities, also provides services abroad, such as technical consultancy, life cycle analysis and technical and economic assessments of biorefineries.