The Bio-economy strategic agenda aims to accelerate circularity in various sectors with renewable bio-based raw materials.
"A sustainable and circular bioeconomy strengthens the connection between economy, society and environment. According to the European Union's Bioeconomy Strategy, a bioeconomy should reconcile food security with the use of renewable raw materials for industrial purposes and the protection of the environment.
The bioeconomy connects different sectors. The growth of a sustainable circular bioeconomy mutually reinforces our economic prosperity and the health of our environment.
A circular economy seeks to minimise "waste" and allow as little to be lost as possible. It is about maximum recovery of materials and molecules, with energy needs coming from renewable energy. The bioeconomy also adds a biological cycle, where accretion of biological material provides a continuous supply of renewable inputs (for food, materials and energy).
The bioeconomy strategic agenda thus covers all actions that put new sustainable uses of organic material into practice. This ranges from innovative landscape management, to valorisation of crop residues, to natural building materials and synthetic production of specialised chemicals."
Want to join?
• Introduction: if you are interested, but would like to find out more about the strategic agenda, you can sign up here
• Action proposals: if you already have a pretty good idea of possible actions in the strategic agenda that you want to and can contribute to, you can fill in our action form
Who is at the wheel?
Department of Economy, Science and Innovation is leading the Bio-economy strategic agenda.
How do we organise ourselves?
The first participatory discussions on the priorities for the Flemish bioeconomy, happen in the steering group of the bioeconomy policy plan. In it, the following types of organisations are represented:
Advisory councils: Strategic Economic Council of Flanders (SERV), Strategic Advisory Council for Agriculture and Fisheries (SALV)
Partners in Flemish government: Department of Agriculture & Fisheries, VLAIO, FWO, WSE, Flanders Circular
Business organisations: Fevia, Essenscia, General Farmers' Syndicate, Fedustria, Farmers' Union, Forest Forum
Spearhead clusters: Catalisti, Flanders' Food, Blue Cluster, SIM
Research institutions: Ghent University, KU Leuven, University of Antwerp, Free University of Brussels, UHasselt, VIB, ILVO, VITO, VLIZ, BBEUPP
We involve the additional partners and linkage organisations within the ongoing actions of the strategic agenda.
Mieke Houwen (EWI Department) and Paul Demyttenaere (REO Auction) explain