Organisation: European Commission, Joint Research Centre
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Title: Bio-based industry and biorefineries


The EU bio-based industry is quickly evolving but clear data on the development of this emerging sector are still missing.

A new JRC report illustrates the work of the JRC in building an extensive database of EU facilities producing different categories of bio-based products:

  • bio-based chemicals
  • liquid biofuels
  • bio-based composites and fibres
  • pulp and paper
  • biomethane
  • starch, sugar and derived products
  • timber (sawmills)

The database is accompanied by this online interactive dashboard implemented in the EC Data portal of agro-economics Modelling (DataM) and in the EC Knowledge Centre for Bioeconomy.

When exploring the two pages of the dashboard, the user is invited to apply the available filters (product category, feedstock origin, TRL and country) to discover the EU bio-based sector. An additional filter is also provided to identify EU biorefineries, according to the user’s preferred definition of them: facilities producing multiple bio-based products, ...

Claudia Parisi 0000-0002-5904-4505
Edoardo Baldoni 0000-0002-5296-1212
Robert M'barek robert.m' 0000-0002-3205-3938
How to cite
Parisi, Claudia; Baldoni, Edoardo; M'barek, Robert (2020):  Bio-based industry and biorefineries. European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) [Dataset] PID:
Related resources

Data access


  • publication Biorefineries distribution in the EU

    Parisi, C., Biorefineries distribution in the EU, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2018, ISBN 978-92-79-94882-4 (online),978-92-79-94883-1 (print), doi:10.2760/126478 (online),10.2760/119467 (print), JRC113216.


  • publication Distribution of the bio-based industry in the EU

    Parisi, C., Distribution of the bio-based industry in the EU, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2020, ISBN 978-92-76-16408-1 (online), doi:10.2760/745867 (online), JRC119288.


Additional information
Issue date 2020-03-02
Landing page
Geographic area European Union
Temporal coverage

From: – To:

Update frequency unknown
Language English
Data theme(s) Agriculture, fisheries, forestry and food; Economy and finance; Energy

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