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What is the circular bioeconomy?

The circular economy avoids waste, makes the most of our resources and conserves the planet.

An important part of this is the move away from products made from oil and gas, in favour of renewable bio-based products: the circular bioeconomy.  Adopting a circular approach will tackle climate change, for example by finding valuable uses for food waste that otherwise would generate carbon emissions.

This shift toward a greener economy is creating new markets for bio-based products as well as driving investment and growth in bio-based industries. Across Europe, the bioeconomy generates €1,460 billion value added each year – 11% of GDP.

We work to help the region capitalise on new opportunities from the circular bioeconomy to generate investment, high-quality jobs and environmental gains.


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Agrimax Case study

Agrimax is an EU-funded project that is developing and demonstrating the production of multiple, high-value products from crop and food-processing waste. The project is also developing economically competitive routes to the commercialisation of these products, using flexible, and possibly cooperatively run, processing facilities. Around one third of all food produced each year is wasted and a significant proportion of this is at the field and food processing levels. Globally, food and crop waste adds up to economic losses of around $936 billion and is responsible for 8% of all global greenhouse gas emissions*. In Europe alone, around 90 million tonnes of food and 700 million tonnes of crop are wasted every year**.

Agrimax is a major EU-funded project aimed at addressing this problem by finding value in crop and food processing waste. The project will maximise the EU’s sustainability, while providing new biobased compounds for the chemical, food, food-packaging and agricultural sectors.

Learn More about the bioeconomy

On the course, you'll delve into natural resources, such as plants and microbes, and how they can be used to produce high-value chemicals for the personal care, food, drink and pharma sectors. You'll also look at how food and agricultural waste can be used to make new products. This will cover the agricultural technologies that are helping sustainability, as well as methods like anaerobic digestion, which turns waste materials into renewable resources.

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