How to get your sustainable innovation to the market?

How to get your sustainable innovation to the market? This is what Partners for Innovation discussed on Wednesday the 3rd of February 2016, with companies from the paper and board sector. The discussion took place at the “International Innovation Event for Paper and Board Value Chains”, organised by the Centre of Competence Paper and Board (KCPK), VNP and Wereld van Papier.

Subsidies for demonstration projects and market research
There has been significant technological progress in the Dutch paper and board industry regarding the use of alternative fibres (grass, tomato sterns) and the conversion of side streams into valuable products as bio-plastics, alginates. These technologies are now ready for upscaling in demonstration projects. Partners for Innovation discussed with these companies the possibilities to use local or European subsidies (LIFE+, H2020, DEI, EFRO) to set-up such demonstration projects or to do market research and work out the business cases in more detail (H2020 SME, MIT). 

Life cycle assessment (LCA) and circular product development
Food and flower packaging that extends the expiration date, printed electronics and (even more) sustainable books, the innovations with paper and board as base material continues to grow. Partners for Innovation discussed with these companies how the positive impact on the environment of these innovations can be determined and marketed with an LCA. Also the design of these innovations was taken in account and how it can be improved, so it can be “up” cycled at the end of its life-time; circular product development.

More information? Please contact Marc Marsidi