The pursuit of a climate-neutral Europe and a truly circular economy requires attention to nearly all fields of production if fossil-based materials are to be eliminated. This relates not only to manufactured goods but also the paints and coatings used to protect them. Of the almost 1 million tonnes of paints and coatings produced in Europe each year, more than 80% are derived from fossil resources. Reducing the impact of these coatings would represent a major advance in Europe’s climate ambitions.
PERFECOAT addresses this challenge by developing and validating a new generation of industrial wood and decorative coatings with significantly more than 25% bio-based components. The project will address three important markets for coatings: high-volume, UV-curable clear coatings; waterborne trim paints for DIY and waterborne wall paints. Generated coatings will reach, and even surpass, the current quality and sustainability standards. Therefore, the project focusses on the development of main bio-based ingredients such as pigments, dyes, fillers, additives and binders using plant material, micro-organisms, fungi and even waste.
When successful, the PERFECOAT project will provide bio-based coating ingredients from climate-neutral sources and processes. This will help encourage the uptake of sustainable coatings, with a positive impact for the environment, and help mitigate climate change.
Further details are available on the project website: www.perfecoat-project.eu.
PERFECOAT and CHAMPION share a focus on developing new, high-quality and highly sustainable bio-based materials, with coatings among the intended end-uses. Since the two projects address similar stakeholders, agreements have been made to cooperate in communication and dissemination efforts. These aim to reach a larger audience and increase the impact and value of project communication.