About European Hemp Pole
The European pole for hemp territorial biorefinery, often abbreviated as European Hemp Pole, wants to develop an innovative organization of the hemp sector, in a logic of sustainable development, agricultural, industrial and economic.
It will enable the actors of the hemp sector including farmers, processors, local communities and research-development-innovation organizations to work together, in a logic of cooperation and co-construction, in order to:
1 / define an innovative, optimal organization of the sector,
2 / remove technological and non-technological barriers to facilitate economic development
the use of plant fibers is increasing exponentially. Demand is expected to grow by 300% over the next 25 years.
But the other products extracted from the plant (oil, active compounds, stem fragments …) also have uses in strong development.
A structuring and innovative project, for hemp sector and the territory
The European Hemp Pole will bring together and federate new players in the upstream and downstream value chain in the various Hemp application markets (building, plastics, composites, textiles, nutrition, cosmetics, health and welfare). Expansion to new players should strengthen existing markets, identify new markets with higher added value for hemp resources and co-build a territorial and sectorial structuring project, in a multi-stakeholder and multi-market ecosystem.
Objectives and expected impacts
- Respond to various issues identified by the sector, technological or non-technological
- Develop structuring and shared projects
- Develop tools for the Hemp sector
Expected impacts :
- Strengthen the competitiveness of the hemp sector in Grand Est region, Europe, even in the World,
- Offer new opportunities to the agricultural world
- Strengthen the positioning of hemp as a plant fiber substitute for fibers of fossil origin or less ecological fibers
- Accelerate industrial developments
- Create new activities, employment and added value in the hemp sector and the Territory
This project is carried out within the framework of an Operational Group of the European Partnership for Innovation, financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).
It is also supported by Troyes Champagne Metropole and the Grand Est region.
The Grand Est region encourages the emergence and implementation of operational groups of the European Partnership for Innovation (EPI).
The EPI aims to foster partnerships between development and education players, farmers / foresters, researchers and companies, thus strengthening the links between the research community and the field actors (farmers, agricultural advisors, etc.).
With regard to the emergence of EPI Operational Groups, through calls for applications, the Region is supporting the selected projects for a total amount of more than 665,000 euros.
A multi-stakeholders project
The European Hemp Pole brings together many partners :
- Coordinator : Collectif Construction Chanvre en Grand Est (Association)
- La Chanvrière (Cooperative Society)
- Troyes Champagne Metropole (Local community)
- Fibres Recherche Développement (Innovation Society)
- Pôle Industries Agro-Ressources (Cluster)
- Chambre d’agriculture de l’Aube (Consular chamber)
- EnviroBat Grand Est (Association)
- Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne (University)
- Club de l’Écologie Industrielle de l’Aube (Association)
- VICAT (Industrial company)
- RESINOPLAST-NAKAN (Industrial company)