BeonNAT at EUBCE 2021 Conference

On 29th April, Luis Esteban, CEDER-CIEMAT, presented at the 29th European Biomass Conference (EUBCE 2021) our project.


The overarching objective of the BeonNAT project is to create added-value bio-based products through growing underused tree and shrub species in marginal land areas in Germany, Romania and Spain. BeonNAT project proposes to use marginal lands in Europe (4.3 M km2 and 0.4 M km2 of agricultural and forest marginal lands have been estimated in EU-28, respectively) to obtain forest biomass for the production of 8 products based on new bio-based value chains: essential oils, extracts, wood paper, particleboard, bioplastics, biochar, active carbon and absorbents. This way, BeonNAT will allow to produce biodegradable bio-based products and bioactive compounds that will play an important role to replace fossil-based products.

In this Conference, Luis explained the first stage that the project is carrying out. This stage is a selection process in which the suitability for cascade production of eight shrub species and eight tree species was analysed. For this purpose, samples of six different species were taken in a natural environment, in two different locations in three countries (Germany, Romania and Spain), making a total of thirty-six samples to be analysed. Their components, potential to produce the final products and theur absorbent capacity have been determined. It was also important to study the potential of each species to grow on marginal lands.

The selected species are Ulmus pumila L., Cistus ladannifer L., Juniperus communis L., and Rosmarinus oficinalis L., for Spain; Betula pendula Roth, Robinia pseudoacacia L., Cytisus scoparius (L). Link and Rubus fruticosus L. Agg. for Germany and Populus Nigra L., Carpinus betulus L., Betula pendula Roth and Robinia pseudoacia L. for Romania.

The following poster was presented in the Conference also.