The Systems Biotechnology Group at ICP-CSIC is leading a European project to replace chemical agents with microbial enzymes that can be incorporated into the manufacture of consumer products. The addition of enzymes to detergents, as well as the processing of textiles and cosmetics with enzymes, can reduce CO2 emissions by 42 million tons per year.

The Project, called FuturEnzyme “Technologies of the FUTURe for low-cost ENZYMEs for environment-friendly products”, started this week and has a funding of almost six million euros from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme. The FuturEnzyme multidisciplinary consortium is composed of 16 European academic and industrial partners from Spain, Germany, Italy, Austria, Portugal, United Kingdom and Switzerland.

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