Four European Projects Joining Forces to help Boosting the Circular Economy

HOOP, VALUEWASTESCALIBUR and WaysTUP! are four active projects funded under the EU’s Horizon 2020 Programme that work to develop innovative solutions to transform urban biowaste and wastewater into new added-value products like feed, fertilisers, bioplastics, biopesticides, proteins and bioethanol.

The projects started at different dates (2018, 2019 and 2020), use different technologies and processes, and carry out independent work plans; however, they a face common challenge: numerous regulatory bottlenecks hinder the full deployment of revolutionary solutions in the field of urban biowaste and wastewater valorisation and re-use.

Starting in 2020, and throughout 2021, the four projects have been working in close collaboration to develop a cohesive initiative to boost acceptance of innovative solutions for the European circular bioeconomy and bring down regulatory barriers that hinder the uptake of a true Circular Economy with regards to biowaste valorisation.

The result of the work so far is a common position paper with specific recommendations on four key topics that should be addressed – recycling targets and treatment plants, waste & by-products, biopesticides and insects for animal feed- to unlock the full potential of circular business models for biowaste valorisation in urban contexts and beyondThe paper has been developed by experts from the four projects, who have thoughtfully analysed the current policy framework, the EU Bioeconomy Strategy, specific regulation, market barriers as well as the opportunities provided by the new EU Green Deal and the Farm to Fork Strategy.

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