Bisigodos – Pilot Results

Basic Pilot Data

Company name: Bisigodos
Type of company: Bio-synthesis
Country: UK

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  • Type of project/product: biorefinery
  • Focus of Pilot: new ways of Technology assessment

Interview with Stuart Coles, Warwick Manufacturing Group

We have 2 videos. The first one focuses  on Life cycle  Assessment. The second one is about pros and cons with RRI.

“… And it really is informing how we think about designing our projects for different calls, trying to incorporate some form of RRI into most of our grant proposals that we’re putting into the future. So I think what I’m learning is a greater appreciation of what RRI is, and how best to implement it in the future.”

Pilot Company

The EU project BISIGODOS aimed to identify ways to use algae as a feedstock in order to produce valuable chemicals, amino acids and high added-value bio-resins that would normally be produced using petrochemicals. The algae biomass can be fed directly with CO2 from industrial emissions (cement, steel factory, thermal power plants, etc.) as a raw material that is cost-effective and renewable. The process is assisted by solar radiation, nutrients and sea water microalgae. The consortium brought together expertise and resources within the areas of: microalgae and photo-bioreactors production and optimization, manufacture of amino acids for food products, production of conductive polymer coatings, bio-resin development for water-based inks, bio-surfactants production and bio-PU adhesives manufacturing, and end-users in the food, flexible packaging, hair care, metal industry and paints products.

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The Challenge

The challenges for this pilot were to:

  • Seek to find ways from the outset for projects in general and technology assessment practices in particular to be deliberately stakeholder-engaged
  • Broaden the range of technology assessments and build trust
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Results

The pilot  led to two two central lines of advice

  1.  Seek to find ways from the outset for projects in general and technology assessment practices in particular to be deliberately stakeholder-engaged.
    It is typical for those working under the rubric of RRI to propose greater stakeholder engagement. The Bisigodos project provides no exception. Greater efforts might be made (in ways that pay due attention to issues of commercial sensitivity) in the material requirements process to consult the following – amongst others — consumer groups,  other industry actors and  policy makers.There may be challenges in achieving such engagement regarding resources, expertise, framing effects and capture, and commercial sensitivities. However, it is clear from the recent broader developments in RRI that there are various avenues that will partially or fully meet such challenges.
  2. Broaden the range of technology assessments
    The Life Cycle Assessment and value assessments carried out on Bisigodos were: confidential, made at the very end of the project, carried out with the more standard attributive methodology and run separately for each of the products being produced.The assessments could be improved in each of these regards. Public assessments would facilitate the above-described stakeholder process. So-called ‘anticipatory’ assessments of technology at the start of a project may be speculative but can help its subsequent direction and can make explicit the reasoning of researchers to stakeholders. While Attributional Life Cycle Assessment is the standard, there is an increasingly sophisticated set of assessment methods that seeks to take into account economic or social value and indeed to draw out the values that are implicit in those carrying out the research. Finally, the Life Cycle and Value Assessments were carried out on the assumption that each product separately (surfactants, coatings, and so on) would be produced; it would be worthwhile also to see such assessments on the wider assumption that algal oils replaced petrochemical feedstocks in the economy more broadly.

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Roadmap

PRISMA: Responsible Research & Innovation in Industry

From pilots to CEN-standard  

The PRISMA project has conducted pilot studies with 8 companies in order to help them to better integrate Responsible Research & Innovation (RRI) in their innovation process and business practices. These pilots have provided case studies and good practices on RRI.   

Based on the experience with  eight pilots and consultations with industry and standard organization, PRISMA initiated an upcoming  CEN  (European Committee for Standardization) standard for companies aiming at developing a strategy for Responsible Innovation.

This  standard (also known as RRI-Roadmap)   is aligned with existing standards and policies on risk and innovation management, and corporate social responsibility (CSR), such as the standards ISO 26000, ISO 9001, ISO 31000, ISO 56000.

 

Latest Updates

 

PRISMA Roadmap

Based on the experience with  eight pilots and consultations with industry and standard organization, PRISMA developed a practical guideline and standards for companies aiming at developing a strategy for Responsible Innovation.

The RRI-Roadmap methodology is aligned with existing standards and policies on risk and innovation management, and corporate social responsibility (CSR), such as the standards ISO 26000, ISO 9001, ISO 31000, ISO 56000.

Jointly with CEN, the European Committee for Standardization,  further steps will be initiated regarding the roadmap. See also our press statement.

PRISMA Pilot Results: Cases & Best Practices

The goal of the PRISMA-project was to draw specific lessons about how RRI can be implemented in industry, ranging  from small enterprises to large corporations to consortia with universities. To this end, the  project included cooperation with 8 different companies in the field of  automated cars, internet technology, drones, biotechnology, synthetic biology, and nanotechnology.

The PRISMA Toolkit for Responsible Research & Innovation

The PRISMA Project has delivered a toolkit for small or medium-sized companies that aspire to develop innovative products and services with which genuine societal needs are addressed and a contribution is made to both environmental and economic sustainability.