25 März 2015

SPLASH stakeholder analysis reveals opportunities for collaboration in third generation algae bioplastics

Project showing good perspectives for establishing new partnerships

The European (FP7) project SPLASH develops a platform technology for the conversion of third generation algae feedstock into bioplastics. As successful industrial deployment of the platform will require involvement of a broad range of stakeholders, SPLASH has performed a stakeholder analysis in order to guide its engagement with potential partners. It turns out that in particular algae production & processing companies, end-user companies, local governments and research organizations could make contributions to SPLASH. Since all stakeholders have a positive attitude towards SPLASH, there are good perspectives for establishing new partnerships.

The stakeholder analysis determined stakeholders’ position regarding the industrial deployment of the SPLASH platform by means of an online survey, which measured among others their influence, interest and attitude towards the platform. Based on their high potential influence and clear interest in the SPLASH platform, algae production & processing companies, end-user companies, local governments/clusters and research organizations are key players in the industrial deployment of the platform, since they can make contributions in manifold forms. Other stakeholders, like investors, NGO’s, associations, national governments, the European Commission and feedstock supply companies also have an interest in the SPLASH platform, but can only make more specific contributions, limited to certain areas. Regardless of their potential influence and interest, all stakeholders have a positive attitude towards the algae-based bioplastics platform and perceive it as a positive development with promising perspectives.

The stakeholder analysis is part of a number of exploitation oriented activities within SPLASH aimed to establish interaction with potential beneficiaries of the SPLASH platform already in an early stage of the project. This will support in developing an economically viable SPLASH platform, which is supported by a broad range of stakeholders in society at large. The stakeholder analysis was performed by PNO Consultants (NL) with support of nova-Institute (DE), Value for Technology (BE) and Wageningen UR (NL). Approximately 650 organizations were approached of which 10% participated in the survey. The next step is to assess with the SPLASH partners where stakeholders’ contributions are most needed and how they can be involved.

For more detailed information about the stakeholder analysis, please contact lead author Arjen van Kampen, PNO Consultants (arjen.vankampen@pnoconsultants.com), or Lara Dammer of the SPLASH dissemination team (lara.dammer@nova-institut.de). For more information about the SPLASH project, please visit http://www.eu-splash.eu.

Source: SPLASH, press release, 2015-03-19.

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