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The need to go from the oil economy to a bio-based economy is ever more acknowledged. In our book, From Waste to Value: Valorisation Pathways for Organic Waste Streams in Circular Bioeconomies, we share the research from the SusValueWaste project. The focus is on how streams of organic waste and residues can become valuable products, to speed up the transition towards a circular and sustainable bioeconomy.
Exploiting the full potential of resources involves more innovation and systemic change as well as better regulation and governance. A sustainable transition requires focus on the circularity of value creation. New value circles can come from side streams and rest resources. The book includes studies of sectors such as the brewery, meat, aquaculture, dairy and forest industry. As valorisation of waste streams necessitates a higher degree of coordination along and across the various industries, the book discusses issues related to policies and interdisciplinary.
The book addresses challenges related to the transition in a holistic way through:
analyses of value chains crossing the established sector boundaries,
analyses of policy and governance perspective on the transition process
interdisciplinary studies of the bioeconomy.
Four years of research by the international and interdisciplinary team of scholars in the SusValueWaste project have resulted in valuable insights. We hope this publication can help policy-makers govern and regulate bio-based industries and, help industry actors to identify and exploit new opportunities in the circular bioeconomy. As the book is open access, it is available for anybody concerned with bioeconomy, sustainable development and climate change.
Waste and other residual materials from industries and households are of increasing value in today’s economy. Substances that have long represented a cost to the economy are now becoming a valuable resource. Exploiting the full potential of these resources requires increased innovation, systemic change as well as better regulation and governance.