Aiming at resource efficient, environmentally sound and sustainable production this industry-driven project addresses the development of novel, economically viable products and processes based on waste streams originating from grass, vegetables and wood. Envisioned products include health-promoting food additives, fermentable sugars for the production of high-value compounds like astaxanthin, enzymatically optimized feed-additives, as well as tannins for the leather producing industry. In the consortium partners from industry and academia are brought together located at different positions in the value chains of the agricultural and food/feed industry.
1 Biomass resource analysis
This involves a GIS-based suitability analysis for the cross-border region for Euregio Rhein-Waal (see image) with identification of main production sites for target biomass, such as peas, white cabbage, alfalfa, onions, leek, rhubarb, sugar beet and radis. For these rest streams, as well as others coming from food industry, the location, types, volumes and quality need to be identified and mapped.
2 Development of site indicators
There is need to develop proper indicators for identifying the locations for rest stream hubs according to accessibility, infrastructure, presence of storage place for biomass sites for possible refineries.
3 Flow Projection Model
Making use of the REPAiR-based activity-based waste flow mapping approach of climate-friendly transport options within the project region and development of a model for projecting the expected biomass flow from producers/industry to three candidate sites: Chempark Krefeld-Uerdingen, former military airbase in Elmpt (District Viersen) as well as Greenport Venlo. Based on the waste flow mapping, we will put forward recommendations for a sustainable transport concept.
4 Sustainability Impact Study
Implementation of an environmental impact (ex-ante) for the three most promising value streams addressing the factor carbon-footprint, greenhouse-gas saving potential, biodiversity, water quality, soils etc. Include impacts of a sustainable transport concept at regional level. We consider 3-5 indicators per sustainability dimension economy, social and environment.
5 Cooperation of Practice & Stakeholder meetings
Organisation of stakeholder meetings for the key value chains, together with representatives of public agencies and policy with the goal for building up a community of practice for embedding the biomass strategy into a long-time perspective of cooperation and upscaling.