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The innovative use of biomass for non-food applications can make a significant contribution to addressing contemporary challenges such as climate change, sustainability, the shift to renewable resources and reindustrialisation. However, the market penetration of biobased products is still in its infancy and significant funds are needed to scale up biobased production processes.
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To support this development and take the technology to a higher TRL level, The Vanguard Initiative established the so-called Bioeconomy Pilot in 2016. In this pilot, skills, energy and resources that can make a difference are pooled and trans-regional value chains established in an industry-driven process, with government support.

The Vanguard Initiative is working closely with the European Commission and the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC). The Bioeconomy Pilot’s lead partners are the regions of Lombardy (Italy) and South Netherlands (represented by Circular Biobased Delta). Participating regions are Asturias and Navarra (Spain), Baden-Württemberg and North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany), Basque Country (France), Eastern Netherlands, Emilia-Romagna (Italy), Flanders and Wallonia (Belgium), Małopolska (Poland), Skåne and Värmland (Sweden), Tampere (Finland) and Scotland.

At the moment, 7 demonstration projects are part of the Vanguard Bioeconomy Pilot, in the field of lignocellulose, biopolymers, bio-aromatics, bio-gas applications, valorisation of waste gases, aviation biofuel, and the development of food and feed ingredients from algae. The current state of affairs of a number of democases will be discussed during a webinar in the morning of Natural Fibertastic on 30 September 2021.

For more information and registration options, check the agenda.

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