BioRural’s mission is to develop a transitional framework towards a sustainable, regenerative, inclusive and circular Bioeconomy across all Europe and to support innovators to introduce small-scale bio-based solutions in rural areas.
But how are the project’s partners willing to put BioRural’s mission into practice? By demonstrating real life examples of successful small scale bio-based solutions!
For this purpose, 8 projects that have successfully been transformed from ideas into products, have been identified, covering 5 Bioeconomy themes:
- Food and agriculture
- Forestry and natural habitats
- Aquatic systems
The 8 identified success stories are the following:
Bio-based garden, a success story brought to life by DELPHY in the Netherlands, refers to crop testing as raw material for bio-based products.
Bioplastics by the company NaturePlast in France designs and produces bio-based and biodegradable polymers (bioplastics), developing more than 200 new formulations per year based on polymers produced from first generation biomass like sugars.
Fish Welfare success story by PUSTELNIA in Poland, produces fish which are fed with natural ingredients, to provide optimal conditions closest to their natural diet, introducing a Fish Welfare Certificate for a local aquaculture.
Latvia’s State Forests by LVM in Latvia: LVM is an example of a financially, socially and environmentally sustainable company, managing about half of the country’s forests, with the overall strategic objective to implement the sustainable management of the state’s strategic assets, including state forest property.
Olive pomace gasification, a project by ACEITES GUADALENTIN and BIOLIZA taking place in Spain, proposes a circular solution based on olive pomace gasification for energy and biochar production.
Forest debris management and fire prevention by SCIVEN in Portugal, uses debris from forests to provide solutions and equipment for the valorization of that biomass through the simultaneous production of heat and electrical power.
Staramaki success story in Greece, produces biobased straws from the by-product of local wheat cultivation while also producing biofertiliser from spent coffee grounds from local cafes and residues from straw production , giving an alternative solution to the single-use of plastic straws, while also tackling high unemployment in the rural area of Kilkis.
Algae production in waste water by ALGEN in Slovenia, aims to make use of algae for various applications; from recycling and reusing the nutrients and energy, to organic fertilisers.
These are only a few of the amazing success stories to be included in the project! Additional success stories (reaching a minimum of 20) will be identified throughout the duration of the project and will be invited to join BioRural network.
However, it is crucial to understand what constitutes a success story, something that will be gradually defined as the project progresses. BioRural will examine the 8 success stories presented above, to determine the factors that make these projects successful, while analysing their possible replicability and scalability potential.
For instance, an innovation analysis, a process which will assess the key actors involved, followed by the innovation processes timeline, referring to the time period until the success was achieved will be made. Challenges and barriers before and after the success will also be recorded.
Stay tuned to discover the next European success stories that will be featured in BioRural!