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What is SURPASS?

SURPASS is a Research and Innovation project funded by Horizon Europe 2021, whose objective is to lead by example the transition towards more Safe, Sustainable and Recyclable by Design (SSRbD) polymeric materials. ​

It involves a consortium of 13 partners consisting of research and technology organizations and industries which will:

  1. Develop SSRbD alternatives with no potentially hazardous additives through industrially relevant case-studies, targeting the three sectors representing 70% of the European plastic demand: Building, Transport and Packaging. 

  2. Optimize reprocessing technologies adapted to the new SSRbD systems to support achievement of ambitious recyclability targets.

  3. Develop a scoring-based assessment that will guide material designers, formulators and recyclers to design SSRbD polymeric materials, operating over the plastic’s entire life cycle, including hazard, health, environmental and economic assessment.

  4. Merge all data and relevant methodologies in a digital infrastructure, offering an open-access user-friendly interface for innovators.

SURPASS will in particular address its results to SMEs, representing more than 99% of enterprises, and therefore has an outstanding potential to contribute to the transition towards green economy.

Facts and Figures

The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2021 research and innovation program, under the grant agreement no 101057901.


Call identifier: HORIZON-CL4-2021-RESILIENCE-01. P

Project Start Date: 1st of June 2022

Duration: 42 months

Full title: Safe-, sUstainable- and Recyclable-by design Polymeric systems - A guidance towardS next generation of plasticS​​

Number of partners: 13 partners

EU contribution: €4.98 Million ​

Project Coordinator and Manager (CEA): Simon Clavaguera​​ 


The SURPASS consortium consists of 13 partner organizations lead by CEA (FRANCE). The consortium is well-balanced in terms of involvement of research and technology organizations and industries: CEA (FRANCE), IPC (FRANCE), CIDETEC (SPAIN), LEITAT (SPAIN), INDRESMAT (SPAIN), UGA (FRANCE), GEONARDO (HUNGARY), BASF (GERMANY), RIVM (NETHERLANDS), UNE (SPAIN), ICT (GERMANY), WIPAK (FRANCE), WFO (BELGIUM). 

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