Bioindustry offers hundreds of possibilities to create value in the bio-based markets

Bioindustry services at AFRY cover the full lifecycle of the biorefining value chain and offer clients access to cross-cutting advisory services and world-leading technical design and investment implementation capabilities.  

Bioindustry transition leads the way towards more sustainable industries

The Bioindustry transition sets the frame for fossilbased materials replacement with bio-based materials. Also, traditional pulp and paper, chemicals and oil refining as well as energy companies are transforming towards biorefineries where sustainability, resource efficiency and new resource innovations will play a key role. Material transition will require new solutions in material use and new bio-based materials are continuously developed towards commercial solutions. The whole value chain, from the forest, to end-user markets, will be digitalised and all levels of digitalisation needs to be integrated in one common platform including all data sources from engineering technical data to operational data and information technology data. The bioindustry transition offers endless opportunities but also requires increased investments and development from the industry sector.

AFRY has a strong global position in Bioindustry but in order to strengthen this position further, we will further expand our service offering in industrial digitalisation, sustainability, and operational efficiency, grow in fields such as wood products, packaging, hygiene, as well as increase technology competence in biofuels, biochemicals and advanced bioproducts supported by innovations and acquisitions.


Together bioindustry and circular industry are the game changer

We recognise that Bioindustry alone will not be the solution for reaching zero emissions/reaching climate change targets. Across industries, we need to work together and collaborate in order to succeed. We need to accelerate the change and take the next big leap in finding and implementing circular solutions for fossil materials (such as plastics and textiles). There is a drastic need to radically improve overall resource efficiency, to minimize waste and to maximise the value of materials that circulate, bio-based and fossils alike. 



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Our sustainability commitment

AFRY’s mission is to accelerate the transition towards a sustainable society. In Bioindustry, we are helping to modernise and adapt industry to increased sustainability and economic productivity through improved energy efficiency, effective and circular resource use, diversification, technological upgrading and innovation, environmentally friendly technologies and industrial processes, and improved health and safety. We are contributing to more efficient water use and to circular water flows in industry, as well as to environmentally sound management of chemicals and waste and reductions of their release to air, water, and soil. Through our assignments, we can promote sustainable management of forests. 

Water scarcity is a global issue that is related to climate change and in order to make the Bioindustry sector even more sustainable, we are committed to providing solutions to reduce pulp industry water use in existing facilities by more than 20% to meet our clients' sustainability targets. With this sustainability commitment AFRY, together with the whole process industry sector, takes one step closer to the targets laid out in the UN sustainability goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does Bioindustry mean? Arrow pointing right

Biochemicals, biofuels, bioplastics, new biomaterials and textiles, wood products, pulp, all grades of paper and board, and tissue & hygiene products – these are some examples of the end-products by the Bioindustry related clients we globally serve. It combines forest industry with new biomass sources as well as traditional pulp & paper industry with advanced biosolutions. 

At AFRY we define Bioindustry as a business sector, that offers advisory consulting, engineering and project implementation services for identifying, evaluating and implementing renewable biomass-based investment options and projects.  AFRY has a unique understanding of the full biomass value chain – from raw materials to end-product markets. The projects AFRY designs, and implements are safe, energy and resource-efficient and meet stringent environmental standards.  

What is the difference between Bioindustry, Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy? Arrow pointing right

Bioindustry is an umbrella for various technologies that aim to improve resource efficiency and can draw full value from biomass. 

Biotechnology utilises biological systems, living organisms, or parts of this to develop or create various products. 

Bioeconomy refers to an economy that relies on renewable natural resources to produce food, energy, products, and services. 

Read our online article: Bioeconomy - the new normal to hear from Cepi Chairman, Ignazio Capuano and AFRY’s own CEO, Jonas Gustavsson, as they discussed their perspectives on the emerging bioeconomy. 

How is AFRY supporting the transition to a sustainable bioindustry? Arrow pointing right

We have many clients that already work in the bioindustry sector, producing various end-products from renewable biomass. However, new products, new innovations, new technologies, and new attractive possibilities are constantly arising in the Bioindustry sector.

We advise clients that are entering the bioindustry sector about the possibilities they have, and design, and implement safe and resource-efficient processing units for them. The clients already in this industry, we can help in rethinking or repositioning their way forward, advise them on entering new product segments, or for example rebuild or upgrade their current production units to improve overall resource efficiency and sustainability. 

Read our news article: AFRY accelerates the transition in Bioindustry

Why is the Bioindustry important in tackling climate change? Arrow pointing right

We can replace many of the fossil-based products we use in our daily lives with bio-based alternatives The bio-based products cause lower CO2 emissions and help us reduce our carbon footprint, which is critical to meet the climate change targets.  Bio-based products can also have improved functionalities and better recyclability.

Bioindustry is, however, only one part of the equation in tackling climate change.  We cannot replace all fossils with a bio. Material reuse, resource efficiency, recycling, the circularity of our natural resources, fossil and bio-based alike, needs to dramatically improve. 


We provide innovative and sustainable solutions for all bioindustry sectors