Bioeconomy in the South Baltic Area Biomass-based Innovation and Green Growth
BIOECONOMY IN SOUTH BALTIC AREA:
BIOMASS-BASED INNOVATION AND GREEN GROWTH OPTIMAL USE OF BIOMASS
THE CHALLENGE The advanced bioeconomy, as envisioned in the EU bioeconomy strategy, is still in its infancy. Thus, vast development potential still exists across Europe and in the South Baltic area. The regions in the South Baltic area have significant amounts of unutilized biomass resources in the form of residues, leftovers and waste from agriculture,
forestry and biomass-based industries, which presents an untapped innovation potential. BioBIGG will help SMEs to unlock this innovation potential and seize promising business opportunities within the bioeconomy.
THE OBJECTIVE The objective of BioBIGG is to identify and develop attractive business opportunities concerning the production of innovative biomass-based products and services in SMEs, based on regionally available resources and innovation potential. The project will hereby help SMEs to seize new business opportunities and pave the way for a sustainable and circular bioeconomy in the South Baltic area.
OUR APPROACH The objective of the project will be achieved through cross-border knowledge transfer, advisory activities and innovation activities to prepare pilot projects and investments. Specific proposals for biomass-based products and production processes will be identified and developed from the mapping of biomass material flows, innovation assessments and market potential in the production systems of participating regions. New and existing knowledge will be transferred between the regions and disseminated to SMEs and other key actors through conferences and by building a South Baltic Bioeconomy Network.
Straw from regional farms
Example The figure shows a proposal for a straw distribution system that could be implemented in Region Zealand. The straw distribution system would ensure optimal use of straw by managing data about the location, moisture content, straw colour and weight of the straw bales collected during baling.
Straw for biogas Straw distribution system
Straw for straw pellets
Straw for CHP plants Straw as filling material Reducing utilisation of fossil-based materials
Plastic industry Injection molding
Fossil-based plastic Production of biocomposite granules
The market: Extrusion
Recycled plastics from households and industry: Collection and pretreament
Felt production and other uses
- Industrial application - End user consumption
BUILDING A COMMON FRAMEWORK FOR A SUSTAINABLE AND CIRCULAR BIOECONOMY The bioeconomy can be defined as an economy based on the sustainable production of biomass and its use to replace the use of fossil-based materials and fuel in line with the climate objectives of the Paris agreement. A common framework will support the transition towards a sustainable and circular bioeconomy. The framework consists of the following three principles: Nutrients
1. Applying a cascading approach to ensure the optimaluse of biomass. 2. Utilization of biomass-based residues,leftovers and waste. 3. A circular economy approach: re-use of materials, recycling of nutrients and the production of renewable energy.
Common framework for a sustainable and circular bioeconomy Principles 3: Circular economy End products
Cultivation Lemons Lemon peels
Example The figure shows the common framework applied on the lemon value chain.
Principles 1: Cascading approach Dried lemon peels
Principles 2: Use of residues, leftovers and waste
Residues from pectin production Residues from pectin production Fertilizer
WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU The project will host a series of workshops and conferences in the participating regions of Poland, Germany, Sweden and Denmark, where you can participate. Visit our homepage to view upcoming scheduled events. You can also contact us for help in finding an optimized use for your enterpriseâ€™s biomass-based residues. Finally, to ensure that the knowledge generated in the project endures and develops, we want to build a South Baltic Bioeconomy Network over the next few years. Keep an eye on our homepage to follow the networkâ€™s development and to learn how it might benefit you and find contact information for all partners.
PARTNERS Lead Partner 1. Lead partner: Roskilde University, Denmark Partners 2. RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Sweden 3. GdaĹ„sk University of Technology, Poland 4. Agency for Renewable Ressources, Germany 5. University of Greifswald, Germany 6. SLU Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
Associated partners Over 25 associated partners are part of the project. Please contact us if you want to join. Learn more and find contact information here www.biobigg.ruc.dk
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