EU Grand Challenges

The Advanced Research Center CBBC directly contributes to several main targets defined under the EU Grand Challenges. 

  • In the context of the 'food security and bioeconomy' challenge, ARC CBBC addresses core challenges like renewable oil crops as a source of bio-based products and converting CO2 into chemicals.

  • Under the ‘secure, clean and efficient energy’ challenge, ARC CBBC is directly linked to the task on sustainable biofuels and alternative fuels for the European transport fuel mix and the task on green vehicles

  • ARC CBBC is at the heart of the challenge on ‘climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials’, which includes waste as a resource to recycle, reuse and process for raw material recovery. Also the aim of developing a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy with a sustainable supply of raw materials directly connects to the approaches taken in ARC CBBC.

ARC CBBC provides a direct connection to a new Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI) under development, entitled ‘Transforming CO2 into value for a rejuvenated European economy’. CO2 is the only carbon resource that is available in abundance in Europe and an abundant resource within the megacity. Moreover, at the European level, ARC CBBC connects well to the innovation priorities identified in the SusChem Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda.

“ARC CBBC brings together scientists from Dutch universities and researchers from industrial laboratories on a common platform consisting of a network of laboratories in which the brightest researchers work together on creating the chemical building blocks of the future. A place where chemical companies and academic institutes can address complex challenges related to chemistry, energy and sustainability. This cooperation, built on excellence and commonly agreed research programs, is a strong asset for science and innovation in the Netherlands and beyond.”  
Jos Engelen, Chairman of the board of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)