BioReg Project: Absorbing the Potential of Wood Waste in EU Regions and Industrial Bio-based Ecosystems

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BioReg project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement n° 727958. The project runs from January 2017 to December 2019, it involves 8 partners and is coordinated by “le CABINET D’ETUDES SUR LES DECHETS ET L’ENERGIE” (CEDEN).
BioReg project proposes to create a platform of stakeholders who are able to influence and develop their regions towards bio-based industries and products.

Demonstrator case studies have been selected among European regions – Gothenburg, (SE),  Baden-Wurttember (Ge), Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna (IT), North West England (UK) and Vorarlberg and Syria, Austria.

Those have set up renewable wood waste-based systems at different stages of the waste wood value chain including different wood waste source, pre-sorting, sorting, collection, recycling and wood waste treatment (to materials, biochemicals or biofuels) as well as the different gradings and regional wood waste composition in each country.

3 recipient regions were selected for this project in regards to their unused waste wood potential: Normandy (France), Lublin (Poland), Alentejo and Lisboa (Portugal).

The BioReg platform will function on two levels. On the EU level: best practices in terms of strategies and technologies as well as implementing mechanisms will be shared with the beneficiary recipient regions on the project and disseminated to many other potential regions in the EU (EUBIA). The platform will encourage the collaboration of members and stakeholders on the European level. On the regional level: the best practices will be replicated in the three beneficiary regions. The proposal offers collaboration with regional existing clusters, constructive dialogue with regional authorities and policy makers, industrial and RTD establishments in the recipient regions. It will mobilize the recipient regions to develop the existing potential for industrial innovative projects and build bio-based ecosystems. Industries, regions and investors will be brought together to establish an efficient dialogue so that demand and supply can be aligned and large impact projects can be realized.

The project proposes mechanisms to engage the stakeholders in collaboration also after the EU funding on BioReg is over.


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On June 25, 2018, 10:00-11:00 o’clock BIOREG will take part in 27th International Conference Ecology and Safety (23-27 June 2018, Elenite Holiday Village, Bulgaria). To see the full agenda of the conference and BIOREG partners’ presentations, please see here.
From 12:00 to 14:00 o’clock BIOREG workshop with Eastern European participants: “BIOREG: Absorbing the Potential of Wood Waste in EU Regions and Industrial Bio-based Ecosystems” will take place in Royal Castle hotel, Elenite at the venue of the Ecology and Safety conference.

Dominique Boulday, Bioreg’s coordinator has featured in front of 170 attendees the Bioreg’s plaform during the symposium dedicated to waste wood in Normandy “12th Symposium on end-of-life wood, Le Havre”. This symposium of which Bioreg was a partner was a good opportunity to initiate the launch of the platform.

On the 29/11/2017, the members of Bioreg accompanied by the 3 members of the Advisory board visited the high performance sorting center in Normandy as well as the wood waste platform associated to the center. The operator (VEOLIA) showed and explained the functioning of the chain allowing the sorting of the waste wood fraction, as well as the different valorisation modes.


Cabinet d’études sur les déchets et l’énergie

Association Régionale Biomasse Normandie

Business Region Göteborg AB

IUNG Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation

European Biomass Industry Association

Bios Bioenergiesysteme GmbH

Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia Universidade Nova de Lisboa