CAMBIOSCOP project will be carried at the TBI – Toulouse Biotechnology Institute, Bio & Chemical Engineering (ex. LISBP) (UMR INSA Toulouse, INRA, CNRS). Developing bioeconomy competences is a long-term objective of TBI and the lab gathers multi-disciplinary research teams working on a variety of bioeconomy applications. Particularly relevant to this proposal are, among others, the development of lignin biorefineries, the production of biobased aviation fuels, the development of non-fossil routes for the industrial production of methionine, new extraction & dehydration processes optimizing grass bio-refineries throughput and bio-polymer production from industrial wastewater.
Through its numerous collaborations with biotechnology and other French prominent companies (e.g. Adisseo, Groupe Limagrain, Airbus), TBI further offers access to an industrial network and to theTWB biotechnology demonstrator, that could validate/comment some of the LCA data used in the project. In a nutshell, the vision is that the TBI expertise on process engineering will be fully involved in RO2 for process modelling (upscaling, flow balance, process optimization) and integration in value chains (flowsheeting). In addition, RO3 will build upon the DyPLCA platform recently built at TBI for dynamic carbon accounting.
Yet, TBI does not have expertise with agro-ecological modelling, i.e. upstream aspects of the supply chain, including soil carbon and land use changes modelling. I will bring precisely this, in addition to core competences with consequential LCA (e.g. accounting for counterfactual uses of by-products and constrained resources), system integration (agriculture with renewable energy and waste management) and GIS.
Through TBI close links with Toulouse School of Economics (TSE), experts in economic sustainability will be involved in the project (RO6). Through this interaction, I will bring important contributions in integrating economic and LCA sustainability models towards a cutting-edge understanding of how to sustainably develop bioeconomy in France. With its INRA affiliation, TBI further facilitates the interactions with other INRA research groups through France also tackling bio-economy/agro-ecology issues. I will play a key role in cementing these interactions.
Concretely, research contributions will be performed by a total of 20 professors, senior & junior researchers and engineers from TBI (RO2), TSE (RO6), INRA-Rennes (integration of results to and from the MEANS platform; RO1), and INRA-Grignon (RO1), respectively (see financial appendix for details). This combination of skills covering the whole supply chain is really rare among research units working on bioeconomy and yet absolutely necessary in order to implement a sustainable integrated vision for bioeconomy. The vision is to establish a unique carbon management research line, at the interface between circular- and bioeconomy.