Welcome to the Circular Bio-based Europe community

CBE JU is the new BBI JU, nothing changes for you!

Dear reader,

Today marks a defining moment in Europe’s sustainable future. Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking (CBE JU) is now launched and will advance a competitive bioeconomy for the next ten years.

We have been all eagerly waiting for this moment. I would like to express my warmest congratulations to the people and organisations involved in preparing the launch. We have reached this crucial milestone thanks to your hard work, perseverance, and dedication.

CBE JU, the new €2 billion partnership between the European Union and the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) is building on the success of its predecessor BBI JU. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the whole BBI JU community – beneficiaries of our projects, members of the advisory bodies and the Governing Board, the founding partners, our experts, colleagues from the BBI JU Programme Office and all the stakeholders who have been developing European bio-based industries over the past years – for their important contribution towards this success. It was the determining factor in the creation of CBE JU.

Circular bio-based industries are considered a key enabler of the green transition towards a resilient, competitive and environmentally sustainable EU economy. The work of CBE JU will contribute to the EU’s climate neutrality goal by 2050 and will support the implementation of EU policies working towards this objective. The initiative also underscores the political importance of the bioeconomy in advancing Europe’s competitive edge. By sparking innovation, stimulating collaboration, creating jobs and de-risking investments, CBE JU-funded projects will also boost the local economies across European regions, in particular in rural and coastal areas, and create a shared long-term strategic vision for the sector. Today, we are thrilled to take up this important mission.

The motto of the CBE JU Programme Office is ‘Building a greener, safer and better Europe’. I can say with pride that my colleagues and I are ready for the challenge, and I hope you will join us in this adventure. We are looking forward to working with you and achieving many great things together!

Philippe Mengal
Executive Director of CBE JU

Circular, bio-based and European

We launch the new partnership with clear ideas and increased ambition. And we wanted the logo to boldly reflect them.

  • The circles reflect the circularity that will be the basis of CBE JU’s activities
  • The green and the leaf at the centre mark our bio-based nature
  • The blue tells the world that we are a European body working for all the continent, and it also reminds us that bioeconomy is both green and blue

CBE JU is the new BBI JU

If you follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn, don’t worry – we have you covered. We have renamed our social media profiles to Circular Bio-based Europe to make your life easy. Keep on following us and our community to continue advancing a competitive bioeconomy for a sustainable future.

When it comes to the website, we have enabled www.cbe.europa.eu for you to find information on the new partnership. Meanwhile, you can continue using our current website for the latest updates.
Find us where you always have

We have changed, but you shouldn’t! We made everything possible to ensure that nothing changes for you. We are sitting in the same offices, in the same building, in the same city. You can ask questions in the same place too. How convenient!

⚠ From today, our email extension is @cbe.europa.eu, instead of the old @bbi.europa.eu but we will still receive emails sent to the old address. We will stay in touch!

Your BBI JU-funded project

Are you a beneficiary of a BBI JU-funded project? The project coordinators have received detailed information on how the changes affect you. Anyway, we can give you a hint here: nothing changes for you. You can happily continue working on your project for a competitive bioeconomy in Europe.


BBI JU, press release, 2021-11-30.


Bio-based Industries (BBI) Joint Undertaking
Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC)
Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking (CBE JU)
European Union


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