The Challenge:  Greenhouse gas emissions from the transport and chemicals sectors already account for nearly one-third of global emissions with transport responsible for already one-fourth of them, and are projected to increase by 2050, in particular from transport. Therefore, there is a need for low-carbon and renewable alternatives to fossil-based fuels, chemicals, and materials, particularly in hard-to-abate sectors such as, long-haul transportation, and industry.

The Goal: Develop and demonstrate innovative solutions to accelerate the commercialization of integrated biorefineries, with a target of replacing 10% of fossil-based fuels, chemicals and materials with bio-based alternatives by 2030

The Mission: The Mission will advance sustainable biorefining pathways and technologies to support the development and commercialization of bio-based fuels, chemicals and materials, by also considering process energy demands. This will support de-risking new and emerging technology, while improving the cost-competitiveness of bio-based alternatives, notably biofuels. Members will (a) promote research, development, and innovation across the biorefining supply and value chain, (b) advance pilot-scale demonstration projects for sustainable biorefining technologies, and (c) collaborate with industry and standards-setting organizations to support regulatory development for these new products.




Co-leads: India  Netherlands

  • India (Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt of India)
  • Netherlands (Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy)


Core Mission Members:

  • Brazil
  • Canada


Mission Support Group:

  • European Commission
  • United Kingdom



To meet our 2050 climate goals we will need to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our transport and chemicals sectors. Currently, these sectors account for nearly one third of global emissions. Replacing fossil fuel-based fuels, chemicals and materials with sustainable bio-based alternatives from residues and wastes could reduce these emissions, providing a renewable alternative for hard-to-abate sectors and support rural jobs. To realize this potential and make sustainable bio-based alternatives from residues and wastes cost-competitive, India and the Netherlands are leading the development of the Integrated Biorefineries Mission. More information will follow in 2022.


“Mission Biorefineries offers an integrated and holistic zero-waste biorefinery  approach to scaling up clean energy innovation for a low carbon sustainable future through a global collaborative alliance. India and Netherlands are leading this mission to address the current challenges with active engagement of MI Members, partners and industries.”

Dr. Jitendra Singh, Indian Minister of State for the Ministry of Science and Technology & Earth Sciences


“Cost reduction & high performance of sustainable and advanced biofuels is important for low carbon hard to abate transport sectors. The integrated Biorefinery Mission will address the innovations gaps to develop and demonstrate commercially viable bio based fuels with coproduction of chemicals and materials leading to low carbon economy. India and Netherlands will develop innovation roadmap with Brazil, Canada, EC, UK and other collaborative members and  partners for successful implementation of  Integrated Biorefineries Mission”

Dr. Sangita M. Kasture, Coordinator MI India


“Participation in Mission Innovation 2.0 is of great importance to the Netherlands. Therefore, we are proud to be able to co-lead the soon to be launched Integrated Biorefineries Mission. Countries, knowledge institutes, industry, all are welcome to join this mission and help us set up and promote RD&D, realize pilot-scale demonstrations and boost public-private partnerships. Together we can achieve more.”

Rob Jetten, Dutch Minister for Climate and Energy Policy