Under the terms of Council of Ministers Resolution nº163 / 2017, Portugal published a National Plan for the Promotion of Biorefineries (PNPB) for the sustainable use of renewable energy sources as biomass. The Plan presents a National Strategy for 2030 to promote the implementation of all types of advanced biorefineries, based in Portugal, using a non-valued biomass of current stock, i.e. residual biomass or low economic value. The use of energy crops is also foreseen, if they do not compete with food crops in relation to land use. 

  • The main objective of the PNPB is to increase territorial cohesion, generating economic growth and job creation in less developed inland regions of the country, through the development of new biomass-based value chains that do not compete with current economic uses for existing industries. 
  • An additional objective of the PNPB is to contribute to the reduction of GHG emissions by at least 40% (compared to the 1990 level) by 2030, in line with the EC target. This is valid for all economic sectors, including the transport sector. 

BIOREF's R&I agenda is aligned with the PNPB, following the priorities chosen based on pillars, intermediate products, products and end uses.

BIOREF will focus its main R&I activities on the development of a variety of technological activities, considered essential to promote the deployment of advanced biorefineries in Portugal and to support its private founding members of the CoLAB, as well as future industrial members of BIOREF Association.