RISE PFISustainability

Our research and innovations contribute to a sustainable development

We develop novel and sustainable products and solutions for the future biobased society, including materials, chemicals, energy products and feed ingredients. We work with renewable raw materials, primarily forest-based raw materials, and many of our projects aim at developing renewable bio-based products that can substitute the fossil-based products that are used today.

Our work in particular addresses the UN sustainability goals below. Follow the links to see examples of projects at RISE PFI that support the different UN sustainability goals.

    Good health and well-being

    We perform research on biomedical applications of cellulose. One example is the development of new cellulose-based wound dressings targeting the healing of chronical wounds. We also perform research on developing cellulose-based structures (scaffolds) where stem cells can grow and form new tissue. Hence, our research supports UN sustainability subgoal 3.4:

    UN subgoal 3.4: “By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being”

    Affordable and clean energy

    We develop new processes for production of biofuels from renewable forest-based raw materials, supporting UN sustainability subgoal 7.2:

    UNs subgoal 7.2: “By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix”.

    Industry, innovation and infrastructure

    We continuously work on developing processes and products opening for more sustainable industry processes, thereby supporting UN sustainability subgoal 9.4:

    UN subgoal 9.4: “By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities”

    Responsible consumption and production

    We develop new processes and products where waste streams and underutilized nature resources are used as raw materials for new value-added products, thereby supporting UN sustainability subgoals 12.2 and 12.5:

    UN subgoal 12.2: “By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources.”

    UN subgoal 12.5: “By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, recycling and reuse.”

    Climate action

    Our research and innovation projects support the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in different ways. We develop new materials, chemicals and energy products based on renewable raw materials that can substitute fossil-based products or other products with high carbon footprint.

    Target 13.2.2: “Total greenhouse gas emissions per year.”

    Life below water

    We develop novel renewable and biodegradable materials that can replace plastic, for instance in packaging applications. Hence, our research supports UN sustainability subgoal 14.1:

    UN subgoal 14.1: “By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution.”

    Target 14.1.1 b: “Plastic debris density.”

    RISE PFI is part of RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden

    RISE PFI is and internationally acknowledged research institute within processes and products based on lignocellulose. RISE PFI´s focus areas are Fibre technology and fibre-based products, Biorefining and Bioenergy and Biopolymers and Biocomposites.



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