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  • bio-based industrial production

    Sustainable use of and value creation from renewable raw materials for bio-based industrial production such as biomaterials and green chemicals in Flanders - Abstract

    In 2012 a study was carried out at the request of the Department of Economy, Science and Innovation on the state of play of the bio-based economy (BBE) in Flanders in terms of quality and, wherever possible, in terms of quantity. This study also formulated policy recommendations for stimulating the further transition of the bio-based economy with increased focus on bio-based materials and chemicals, smaller production volumes and higher economic added value, and more employment. The results showed that the bio-based industry in Flanders is still limited, but growing. By updating the available figures this study aims to give a quantitative assessment of today’s bio-based economy in Flanders and to analyse trends, if any. In addition, changes and emphases in the current policy environment (Flemish and EU) as well as regional and international trends are discussed in greater detail.
  • Sustainable use and creation of value from renewable raw materials for biobased industrial production such as biomaterials and green chemicals in Flanders

    The aim of this study is to support the Government of Flanders in developing its own strategy for a biobased economy (BBE) and to draft recommendations for an integrated and sustainable economic innovation policy. In order to develop this strategy, Flanders’ assets must be identified and used as the basis for defining policy choices for the BBE; in other words, how can Flanders optimally use its positive starting position with a strong chemical i…
  • Belgian position paper on Horizon 2020

    Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness. Running from 2014 to 2020 with an €80 billion budget, the EU’s new programme for research and innovation is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe.
  • The Knowledge Based Bio-Economy (KBBE) in Europe: achievements and challenges

    The increasing demand for a sustainable supply of food, raw materials and fuels, togetherwith recent scientific progress, is the major economic driving force behind growth of theKnowledge Based Bio-economy (KBBE) in Europe over the last few decades. The bioeconomy– the sustainable production and conversion of biomass, for a range of food,health, fibre and industrial products and energy, where renewable biomass encompassesany biological mater…
  • Creating a sustainable economy

    In the book 'Creating a sustainable economy', pioneering companies at home and abroad reveal how they deal with the challenges and the opportunities of a sustainable economy. It contains contributions from and about Flanders in Action, Umicore, Agoria, Volvo Europe Truck, IMEC, Photovoltech, ACP, Voka, the West Flanders Environmental Charter, Alpro, Evelop Belgium, Capricorn Venture Partners, the International Polar Foundation, Business…
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