The transition from a linear fossil-fuel based to a circular bio-based economy is a key EU challenge. This transition is needed to strengthen the regional economic activity and sustain high value-added businesses and jobs in the Alpine Space. That means that challenges are mainly caused by the traditional way of operating in a linear economy where a product necessarily ends as waste and where alternative, circular end of life solutions remain unexploited.
Alpine Space Regions have a common challenge to bring together bio-feedstock producers, intermediates processors, product developers, brandowners, retailers and product end users to address pressing societal needs with novel cross-regional and sectorial value chains for implementing a circular bio-based economy. That means establishing awareness, assessing, selecting and creating transnational/regional new value chains connecting all relevant actors, and demonstrating the implementation of succesful business opportunities.
AlpLinkBioEco will tap into the existing potential by developing a methodology to connect diverse bio-feed-stock producers with intermediate product developers and end users of high value applications addressing critical societal needs, to create new cross-regional value chains leading the the creation of a real cross Alpine Space circular bio-based economy strategy.
Three specific objectives have been defined:
- Facilitate tailor made matching of bio-based actors across the Alpine Space
- Facilitate initiation of high added value bio-based applications and products
- Recommendations for a common policy development on circular bio-based economy
The project directly addresses these specific objectives through the following outputs
- To facilitate the tailor-made matching of bio-based actors across the Alpine Space the project produces an inventory of present and future actors in the circular bio-based economy.
- A methodology is then developed to link the identified actors into novel value chains. The methodology is used to create demonstrator value chains with identified actors in the four pilot value chains, aiming at the initiation of high added value bio-based applications and products.
- The project provides an overview of policies in place and recommendations for a common Alpine Space bio-economy framework.
AlpLinkBioEco is expected to result in four demonstrator value chains: agro- and wood-industry, both related to the feedstock, on the one hand, and chemicals and food/pharma packaging. At policy level, the examples will contribute to the development of a cross-regional and coherent circular bio-based economy strategy
The target groups of the project are the stakeholders of the novel bio-based circular value chains. Value is created by the companies in the targeted sectors. The target groups also include related and supporting actors such as higher education and research organizations, business support organization or sectoral agencies. The demonstrator value chains serve as examples for policy makers at the local, regional and national levels.