Missions and Ambitions
The ACDV, the French voice of Plant-Based chemistry in Europe
The ACDV proposes and creates the industrial, economic and political conditions conducive to the development of the plant-based chemistry sector, within the framework of a competitive, responsible and sustainable agricultural sector and chemical industry.
As non-profit organisation, the ACDV acts as a national and european representative for industrial players who develop chemistry based on the use of biomass.
The ACDV brings together companies in the biomass transformation and food industry, the chemical industry and downstream industries, competitiveness clusters and professional organisations. Its work and its interventions facilitate the industrial development of plant-based chemistry in France, in a favourable economic and agricultural environment. A key negotiating partner recognised by public authorities and institutions, the ACDV intends to be an active participant in the development of the national bioeconomy strategy.
Complementing fossil-based chemistry, the plant-based chemistry sector has been identified in France as one of the key sector in national recovery plans designed to encourage “green growth” in the wake of the 2008 economic crisis. The sector has grown apace ever since, against a background of international competition, stricter regulatory constraints and pressing environmental challenges. The stakes it represents carry great strategic weight in national and European decisions that will affect industry and citizens. That is why the ACDV must be particularly active with regard to the development of the regulatory framework of the sector.
In a context in which Europe and France are stating their ambitions in terms of development of “biobased products” and “biomaterials”, and in which other regions of the world are dedicating major programmes of incentives to their industry, the ACDV must be particularly active as regards policy and incentives related to its activities.
Identifying challenges and presenting them to national and European authorities
The ACDV endeavours to ensure that plant-based chemistry will be one of the main pillars of the bioeconomy, i.e. at the heart of a sustainable economy incorporating environmental and societal needs.
The roles of the Association, supported by its members, are:
- Representing plant-based chemistry. The ACDV draws up common positions and arguments targeting those involved in plant-based chemistry, the French and European authorities, the media and NGOs, in order to establish a climate conducive to the development of plant-based chemistry.
- Identifying industry’s major challenges. The aim here is to promote research and innovation, particularly in the field of industrial biotechnology, and to create an environment in which the sector can flourish, in particular through the construction of biorefineries.
- Engaging in strategic thinking on actions to be conducted for the benefit of specific markets (construction, cosmetics, automotive, aviation, packaging, etc.).
- Promoting the sector via the Plant Based Summit (The leading European conference and exhibition for bio-based solutions). The PBS is an event intended for players involved in the bioeconomy and industrialists from across the sector who wish to obtain information, communicate and exchange ideas on innovation, joint development and deployment of biobased products.
Four ambitions for the next five years
The ACDV’s leadership has set four priority targets to enable plant-based chemistry to increase its visibility and take centre stage in talks with industrialists at all points in the value chain and with public authorities:
- Participating in the definition of the national bioeconomy strategy,
- Reinforcing its role as a key player and source of proposals in France and in Europe,
- Broadening the scope of the ACDV’s sectors of activity, particularly downstream,
- Creating a reference tool providing data on plant-based chemistry in France.