The wood board industry currently relies on the use of fossil-based binders, mainly formaldehyde-based binders. Several market factors are driving major changes in the composition and technology and upcoming regulations foresee reduced formaldehyde emissions from furniture due to its effects on indoor air-quality. Manufacturers have made several attempts to produce alternative binders from renewable resources, but a bio-based binder at industrial scale does not yet exist. In order to cope with increasing global consumption and climate change, innovative products in the wood-based panel mass market are urgently needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and dependency on fossils.


The SUSBIND consortium develops, produces and tests bio-based binders as an alternative to formaldehyde binders currently used for wood-based panel boards in furniture mass products. The goal of the project is to substitute fossil-based chemicals with those from renewable resources. Surplus feedstock sourced from existing European biorefineries will be used for the production of binders and intermediates. SUSBIND aims at producing and validating these bio-based binders with leading wood board manufacturers for two product types: P2 particle board and medium density fibreboard.


The resulting SUSBIND binder system aims to outperform current fossil-based binders containing a significantly lower carbon footprint, while also reducing formaldehyde emissions. A sustainable and economically viable binder will increase the marketability of bio-based furniture products. The SUSBIND results will not only benefit public health and help mitigate climate change but also strengthen the European furniture industry by providing a cost-efficient bio-based alternative to formaldehyde-based binders and a competitive green advantage over cheaper, imported products.


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Testimonials about the sustainable economy

“The partner institutions understood from the very beginning what was important for the economy and for the future of Europe.”

Marta Campos IturraldeBBI-JU – Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI-JU)BBI JU

“The expertise brought together under the SUSBIND project will finally see development a bio-based binder able to compete on an industrial scale. As we become increasingly demanding of green production methods in all areas, SUSBIND will provide Europe with a competitive advantage”

Massimo BregolaGlobal Technology Lead Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants & ElastomersCargill

With its contribution to bio-economy research, EGGER’s goal is primarily to respond to changing market requirements with new product segments based on biogenic binding agents. The international wood-based materials manufacturer considers bio-economy as a whole and evaluates the industrial usability of all raw materials needed for the production of wood-based materials and thus maintains sustainability at constant levels.

EGGERPress statement of BioeconomyEGGER

What sustainability means to IKEA? We want to have a positive impact on people and the planet. For us it’s about balancing economic growth and positive social impact with environmental protection and regeneration.

IKEAIKEA Sustainability StrategyIKEA

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Title: Development and pilot production of SUStainable bio-BINDer systems for wood-based panels
Number of partners: 11
Start: 1st May 2018
Duration: 4 years
Keywords: sustainable binder, wood, bio, panel boards, furniture, consumer, research, innovation, no formaldehyde, health, Horizon 2020, BBI JU, full value chain
Budget: € 5,5 Million
BBI-JU funding: € 4,1 Million

Project partners

Co-ordination: RTDS Group, AT |
Research: CE Delft, NL |Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas (CIB) CSIC Instituto de Recursos Naturales y Agrobiología de Sevilla (IRNAS-CSIC), ES |Fraunhofer IGB, DE Kompetenzzentrum (WoodK+), AT |TU Dresden, DE
Industry: Cargill, DE |EGGER, AT JenaBios, DE |IKEA, SE | Valbopan, PT Cargill, DE |EGGER, AT JenaBios, DE |IKEA, SE | Valbopan, PT

This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking (JU) under grant agreement No 792063. The JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and the Bio Based Industries Consortium.