ENABLING aims at creating appropriate conditions for the development of efficient biomass to BBPs (Bio-Based Products and Processes) value chains. The consortium’s vision is that Europe bears a huge potential for optimising the supply of biomass into innovative bio-based processes and products. Upscaling biomass production and pre- processing, and combining streams towards the BBPs with those of more traditional bioenergy chains would enhance at least three interlinked types of impact.
The European Commission defines the bioeconomy as "the production of renewable biological resources and the conversion of these resources and waste streams into value added products, such as food, feed, bio-based products and bioenergy. Its sectors and industries have strong innovation potential due to their use of a wide range of sciences, enabling and industrial technologies, along with local and tacit knowledge".
The ENABLING project intends to respond to the need, felt by practitioners across Europe, of improving and systematising collaboration among the different stakeholders, and in particular between the source of biomass streams, and the processing and transformation industry, or Bio-Based Industry (BBI). So far, biomass production has mainly generated input for bioenergy and biofuels, in sectors characterised by large industrial players and low labour intervention. On the other hand, the bio-materials and bio- plastics processes require higher and specialised labour, thus representing a significant potential for diversification (especially in rural areas) and job creation.
Currently, most biomass supply chains for BBPs (Bio-Based Products and Processes) do not take advantage of structured networks. Most agricultural business involved in the production of biomass for the BBPs do so in a bilateral relationship with their industrial counterpart. The lack of optimised value chains tends to penalise small rural business and tends to hinder economic development on both sides.
The consortium, formed in large part by national and regional stakeholders across 13 countries, shares the vision that intervening on the improvement of the supply-demand dynamic will unlock a huge potential, likely to benefit both sides (farming and industry), as well as other types of stakeholders connected to the biomass production or transformation processes.
While some excellent practices are highlighted across Europe, their impact on the economic sustainability of their actors and territories appears limited by their natural fragmentation in small experiences that hinder the circulation of ideas, experiences knowledge, and ultimately the deployment of innovative practices. It is against this knowledge-fragmentation that the ENABLING proposal intends to create its thematic network, to enhance a substantial injection of innovation in the production, pre-processing and provision of biomass into BBPs, across Europe.
Fill in the gap
No systematic point of encounter exists at European level for these types of supply and demand. We b elieve this determines a huge loss of innovation and economic opportunities . ENABLING intends to fill in that gap and provide the basis for an innovation and business permanent platform.
Long - Term vision
The ENABLING project is proposed on a three years horizon. That’s a period we intend to use as a rollout phase for what we strongly believe should evolve into a permanent and self -sustainable cooperation environment. Our idea is to transform ENABLING into a fully fledged biomass - BBI marketplace after the end of the action.
Continuous capacity building
There is almost no region in Europe where biomass is not produced. This calls for a massive operation of capacity building, especially on the production sites and farmers organisations, to make sure that efficient models, practices and techniques are widespread and embedded in the routine deployment of farms activities operations. Embedding that knowledge into the “farming routine” is pivotal to bear impact that is economically beneficial, geographic ally distributed and socially responsible.
Regional and European dimensions meet
The consortium believes that the project has potential to spark economic development and job creation in the regions or countries in which it will be carried out. ENABLING has however also a great potential in structuring a pan - European community of stakeholders and businesses. We would indeed expect that some of the most significant demand - supply relationships would evolve in a cross - border framework.
Socio - economic impact
Contributing to the spreading of knowledge and processes for the BBI means helping small businesses operating mainly in rural areas, to diversify their activities, their revenue streams and ultimately to grow not only in economic but also in social terms.