LIFE-BIOPAINT - LIFE-BIOPAINT - An innovative and sustainable continuous process for the development of novel bio based paints

LIFE17 ENV/IT/000164

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Contact details:

Contact person: Ilaria Lombardi
Tel: 003902903031
Email: i.lombardi@ivmchemicals.com

Project description:


Chemcials are widely used by industries to manufacture everyday consumer items. Being an essential component of citizens' daily life. The chemicals industry is one of the EU’s largest manufacturing sectors, representing more than 7% of industrial production, 1.1% of EU GDP (17% of global chemical sales) and directly employing more than 1.1 million people [ECHA, 2013].

Despite such positive economic data, and the introduction of the EU regulation on chemicals, the so called REACH regulation; Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals, still industrial chemicals pose a potential impact on human health and environment. This is particularly true for the paints and coatings sector, which mostly uses petrochemical derivatives as raw materials. This puts workers in contact with harmful chemicals, such as flammable and corrosive acryclic acid, and leads to significant emissions of non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOC) which are hazardous to human health.


LIFE-BIOPAINT is going to demonstrate a safe, sustainable and innovative continuous process for producing novel bio-based paints manufactured without petrochemicals. This will avoid NMVOC and greenhouse gas emissions, eliminate waste, reduce energy consumption and deliver improvements in product quality in the wood coating sector. A pilot plant will be installed at IVM's premises in Parona, Italy and will produce up to 20 tonnes of bio-based paints. At full capacity, it would have the ability to produce 3 000 tonnes per year.

If successful, the project will support the implementaton of REACH in the wood coating sector, as well as 7th EAP and EU 2020 targets for energy reduction.

Expected results:

  • No VOCs released during the manufacturing process (3.8 kg not emitted during the project and more than 580 kg per year saved at full capacity);
  • Substitution of bio-based materials for acryclic acid (39 tonnes at pilot scale; 5 850 tonnes per year at full capacity);
  • 30% energy reduction thanks to a complete restructuring of the industrial process and the recovery of wasted vapour generated;
  • 100% waste reduction (400 kg saved at pilot scale and 60 tonnes per year at full capacity) from the new automated closed-loop process inclusive of the embedded packaging system, yielding a 6% increase in productivity; and
  • Socioeconomic benefits in terms of reduced harm to human health.



Environmental issues addressed:


Industry-Production - Chemicals
Waste - Waste reduction - Raw material saving


coating‚  chemical industry‚  raw material consumption‚  paint‚  wood product‚  biodegradability‚  energy efficiency‚  resource conservation

Target EU Legislation

  • Waste
  • Directive 2008/98 - Waste and repealing certain Directives (Waste Framework Directive) (19.11.200 ...
  • COM(2015)614 - "Closing the loop - An EU action plan for the Circular Economy" (02.12.2015)
  • Chemicals & Hazardous substances
  • "Regulation 1907/2006 - Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REA ...

Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable



Coordinator IVM Chemicals Srl
Type of organisation International enterprise
Description IVM Chemicals is a specialist in wood coatings. Part of the IVM Group, it also manufactures resins, adhesives and polyurethane elastomers. The company's products are sold in more than 100 countries.
Partners GreenDelta GmbH, Germany


Project reference LIFE17 ENV/IT/000164
Duration 02-JUL-2018 to 02-JAN -2021
Total budget 3,065,930.00 €
EU contribution 1,839,557.00 €
Project location Berlin(Deutschland) Lombardia(Italia)


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