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CENER launches ZEBRA-LIFE project webpage. Stay tuned on the latest developments on the production of renewable additives from the pulp and paper industry by-products

The ZEBRA-LIFE project website has been launched in ZEBRA LIFE – Zero emission biochemical and renewable additives ( It aims at keeping stakeholders updated on the latest developments of this brand-new project co-funded by the LIFE Programme of the European Union. The project’s main objective is to develop a novel technology to take advantage of the black liquor produced by the pulp and paper industry and transform it into products with high antioxidant capacity and UV absorbance. In this way, in addition to developing a renewable product with direct use in multiple industrial sectors (e.g. cosmetics, food, rubber, fuels & lubricants), it brings an alternative to the current energy recovery process of black liquor, thus contributing to an improved life cycle assessment by the integration of a circular process.  

On the website, you will find information related to the project consortium, objectives, advantages of this technology, main work plan of the project, the latest news as well as the contact information to reach us directly for interactions. Over the next four years, the consortium will share information on the techno-economic feasibility of the oxidative depolymerization technology, developed by CENER, as well as the creation of new value chains based on this new circular and sustainable process to produce antioxidants and UV filters.

In addition to the website, you can also follow us on LinkedIn (ZEBRA-LIFE PROJECT | LinkedIn) and Twitter ( ZEBRA-LIFE (@ZebraLifeEU) / Twitter).

ZEBRA-LIFE consortium is formed by eight Spanish organisations from very diverse sectors: CENER as the consortium coordinator, the biotechnology company Bioquochem, the multi-energy company Repsol, the startup of cosmetic active ingredients Roka Furadada, the pulp and paper company Smurfit Kappa, the Riojan Technology Centre in representation of the rubber industry (CTR), the meat industry represented through the Asociación de Investigación de Industrias de la Carne del Principado de Asturias (ASINCAR), and the strategic consultancy Inveniam.

The European Commission has appreciated the innovative nature of this project and its contribution to the European Green Deal, financing it through the LIFE Programme.

Co-funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or CINEA. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.


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