Green chemicals and technologies for the wood-to-textile value chain

Project: EU project

Project Details


The GRETE project aims to develop new and better technologies for wood pulp modification, cellulose dissolution and fibre quality generation complying sustainability requirements and market needs.

Currently the raw material base to produce man-made cellulose fibres is limited, as only dissolving grade wood pulps are used commonly. The project will tackle this by widening the sustainable raw material basis for man-made cellulose fibres by including paper grade pulps. In addition, the solvent systems used to produce commercial man-made cellulose fibres are based on toxic and explosive chemicals; the GRETE processing technologies will increase safety, sustainability and feasibility of man-made cellulose fibre manufacturing.

The issues addressed by the project play a significant role in developing sustainable and green technologies for the European industry. The partners of the project are strongly committed to face the challenge and achieve the ambitious results, supported by a dedicated stakeholder group with the aim to foster strategic decision-making.
Effective start/end date1/05/1930/04/23

Collaborative partners

  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (lead)
  • University of Helsinki (Project partner)
  • University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) (Project partner)
  • University of Aveiro (Project partner)
  • Metsä Spring (Project partner)
  • Celulose Beira Industrial (Celbi) SA (Project partner)
  • Materially Srl (Project partner)
  • University of Vic (Project partner)

Funding category

  • EU-H2020


  • H2020-BBI-JTI-2018
  • Bioproducts (products that are manufactured using biological material as feedstock) biomaterials
  • bioplastics
  • biofuels
  • bioderived bulk and fine chemicals
  • bio-derived novel materials
  • H2020-EU.2.1.4.
  • H2020-EU.3.2.6.