Industrial/SME stakeholders finding their position in a future BioEconomy

Circular BioEconomy
Stakeholder support finding their position in a future BioEconomy

Role involved market sectors

In the transition to a future BioEconomy – an economy in which biomass is used for both Food and Non-food applications – the roles of stakeholders currently operating in more or less distinct market sectors will change to a role being an integral part of the development and implementation of integrated sustainable biomass valorisation chains. Within this new role stakeholders now operating in separate markets have to co-operate in the joint BioEconomy. Stakeholders in the energy sector, for example, have to co-operate with those in the food/feed sector, the agro sector and the chemical sector to be able to contract primary (chain), secondary (process) and tertiary (consumer) residues as fuels for the production of fuels, power and/or heat, because raw biomass resources will first be used for the higher-value applications in the other market sectors. Stakeholders in the biofuel sector have to co-operate, for example, with those in the chemical sector to produce added-value products from their process residues to make their overall production process market competitive without any financial governmental support.

At the 14th Task Progress Meeting in Graz (23-25/10/13), some first ideas for the detailed work plan for this specific activity came-up. It was decided to prepare the framework (incl. questionnaire) for the set-up of a stakeholder workshop to be organised in Q1 2014. At this workshop stakeholders from different market sectors in the BioEconomy will be asked what their current role is, what their future role is expected to be, how the potential transition process is expected to occur, and if they need some kind of support to i) facilitate this transition process and ii) to get involved with stakeholders originally operating in different market columns and/or a different place in the overall value chain. The results of this workshop will be used by the Danish coordinator to further specify the work programme of this specific activity, to be sure that the results will meet the requirements of the stakeholders in the markets building the BioEconomy. The report on this activity will be delivered by the end of 2014 at the latest.

Coordination: DEN – Henning Jørgensen (hnj@life.ku.dk)

Download report: The role of industry in a transition towards the BioEconomy in relation to biorefinery

Upgrading of existing infrastructures to biorefineries

Existing industrial infrastructures are the point-of-departure for upgrading to high-efficient sustainable biorefineries on the short-term. A technical, economic and environmental  assessment (TEE) will be made of upgrading strategies for the following industrial infrastructures: power plants, biofuel facilities, oil refineries, pulp/paper industry, and the food industry. The results of the assessment will be published both as a report and as separate glossy leaflets. The results will also be discussed and disseminated by the organisation of an international workshop.

At the 14th Task Progress Meeting in Graz (23-25/10/13) a first draft work programme for this activity was made. It was decided to start the work with the assessment of integration options in the existing infrastructures in the energy and fuel sectors (major framework IEA Bioenergy) to check the assessment procedure. If successful, the same procedure will be used to assess the integration options in other market sectors of the BioEconomy. The overall idea is that integration of biorefineries into existing industrial infrastructures will shorten the time-to-market, and therefore will accelerate the realisation of the BioEconomy. Based on the first assessments, a discussion note will be made, that will be used as starting point for the set-up of a stakeholder workshop to be organised in 2014.. At this workshop industrial stakeholders from different market sectors of the BioEconomy will be asked to  present i) their views on using existing industrial infrastructures for upgrading to high-efficiency integrated biorefineries and ii) examples of already running integrated biorefineries showing the advantages of using existing infrastructures as a point-of-departure. The results of this workshop will be used by the Austrian coordinator to further specify the work programme of this specific activity, to be sure that the results will meet the requirements of the stakeholders in the markets building the BioEconomy. The report on this activity will be delivered by the end of 2014 at the latest.

Coordination: AT – Gerfried Jungmeier (gerfried.jungmeier@joanneum.at)

Factsheets major biorefineries / national case-studies

Joanneum Research (AT) – with the contribution of the other Task partners – has developed a generic set-up of a 4-pager factsheet to present main data of major biorefineries and national case studies. Data that are included in the factsheet are:

  • Part A (generic): classification (naming) biorefinery, description biorefinery, block scheme and/or photo biorefinery, mass balance and revenues biorefinery
  • Part B (country and site specific): sustainability assessment biorefinery, including cumulated energy demand [PJ/a], cumulated greenhouse gas emissions [kt CO2-eq/a], and cumulated costs/revenues [MEuros/a]
  • Annex 1: method and data sustainability assessment
  • Annex 2: Main assumptions and modelling choices

The goal of this activity is to use this factsheet set-up for presenting major biorefineries and national case studies in a clear and similar way for dissemination of best-practices to stakeholders active in the BioEconomy to accelerate the market deployment. The sustainability assessment part (B) of the factsheet potentially will be extended in the near future with the results of the so called LEEAFF sustainability assessment procedure that was developed by the Canadian partner (in cooperation with the other partners) in Task42. In 2014 several factsheets will be produced, that will be put on the Task42 website for dissemination purposes.

Coordination: AT – Gerfried Jungmeier (gerfried.jungmeier@joanneum.at)

To generate your own factsheet, please complete the data collection form below, and return it to Gerfried Jungmeier. He will contact you then, to discuss further details.

Added-value products from energy-driven biorefineries

In 2012 Task42 published a report on Bio-based Chemicals – Value Added Products from Biorefineries. This report will be updated in 2014.

Results so far... Reports

Also a report on Proteins – value Added Products from Biorefineries will be made, and ready for dissemination in the first half of 2014. The main goal of this report is to give stakeholders of the BioEconomy a better insight in i) the potential economic optimisation biofuel production processes by giving higher added-value to the protein fraction of the biomass sources used (bio transportation fuel sector), and ii) the refinery options to synergistically and sustainably process protein-rich biomass sources to food/feed ingredients, bio-based products for technical applications non-food, and energy (fuels, power and/or heat).

Coordination: NL – René van Ree (rene.vanree@wur.nl)