The upPE-T project addresses challenges in plastic waste management by converting PE and PET post-consumer packaging into biodegradable PHBVs for food packaging. Funded by the European Commission, the project aims to upcycle 60% of food packaging, plastic waste by 2030, enhance recycling facilities using innovative bio-catalysis, and promote renewable packaging sources. It seeks to raise public awareness, establish standards, and involve 20 partners from 10 countries. The project targets significant positive impacts including reduced CO2 emissions, substantial PHBV production, diverted plastic from landfill, and job creation.
In upPE-T DIGI plays a transversal role, leading two work packages on sustainability, standardization, and certification along with dissemination, exploitation, and business modeling of the products or processes that will be created inside the project. DIGI leads the data-driven approach in upPE-T in terms of sustainability assessment (LCA, LCC, SLCA) followed by standardization activities to develop future certification schemes. It is also creating a VR app, MOOC platform, and a European citizen awareness platform to generate awareness about the plastic waste and upcycling process among European citizens.