We met again in the Netherlands
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The 2nd project meeting of the European project ENABLING, “Enhance New Approaches in Bio-based Local Innovation Networks for Growth”, was held in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands on 29-30 May 2018.

Partner ZLTO hosted the 2nd partners’ meeting in its headquarters in Den Bosch. 

Partners discussed the status quo of the project, what has been achieved so far and what are the upcoming priorities.

The initiation of the brokerage platform and the showcase of the good practices in the website are the next immediate actions that will be realized.

We were happy and honored to have with us Richard van Lijssel from Darling Ingredients that presented ECOSON as a good practice showcase.

Nikos Kyriakoulis
What is the BBP status in my region?
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The ENABLING "Biomass Matrix Tool" has been developed to help the user in evaluating the potential and available biomass and industrial processes, considering the different bioproducts pathways.

The aim of the Biomass Matrix Tool is to give general indications on typologies and quantities of biomass that could stimulate the BioBased Products (BBP) industry sector to invest and also to identify BBP industries present either in the region, or within a sufficiently close reach, to allow the development of sustainable supply chains.

The Biomass Matrix Tool has 2 main components: a Biomass Calculation Sheet; and an Industrial Processes Sheet.

The Biomass Calculation Sheet has been designed for Enabling Partners to collect data on the most important biomass resources in selected Region(s), following the criteria:

  • availability;
  • identification of competition with other markets (feed and food);
  • industrial interests;
  • potential for higher valorisation (with or without future innovation) 

The Biomass Calculation Sheet considers quantitative aspects of biomasses and their respective extractable components (i.e. starch, fibre for BBPs).

The Industrial Processes Sheet has been designed for Enabling Partners to identify not only the technology, but also the current status of the technology (e.g. pre-pilot), the products produced, the actual process involved, the constituents used in the technology (which can then be related to the available biomass residues identified in the Biomass Calculation Sheet) and the minimum requirement (as a percentage) of the constituent contained in a biomass source for the technology / process to be viable. 

It is important to identify not only consolidated industrial players, but to also consider small and innovative young companies or entrepreneurs with the potential to stimulate innovation, knowledge transfer and the uptake of research.

Nikos Kyriakoulis
What is going on in Europe?
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In ENABLING we collect good BBP practices, from inside and outside Europe, that are wholly or partly transferable to other regions, or serve as an inspiration for partners in the value chain. Sharing this knowledge and implementing (part of) the practice in other regions drives innovation, enhances growth of the agricultural sector and biobased industry, and strengthens the transition towards a circular economy. 

These good practices show how different sources of biomass are processed and valorised into innovative biobased products, and have to some extent a positive social, economic and environmental impact. The practice should also be beneficial for practitioners (like agricultural entrepreneurs, industry, and logistic partners), in order to build a sustainable business model. 


Nikos Kyriakoulis
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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.

ENABLING is based on the consortium’s vision that the biomass to BBPs value chains can enhance economic growth, a sound management of natural resources and positively contribute to job-creation in the regions and countries where they can be deployed.

Nikos Kyriakoulis
Kick off Meeting

The kick of meeting of the European project ENABLING, Enhance New Approaches in Bio-based Local Innovation Networks for Growth, was held in Rome on 11-12 December 2017.

The project coordinator Federunacoma hosted 16 partners from 13 EU and associated (IL, NO) countries.

Partners discussed ENABLING project aims and overview actions and introduced the plan for the next months.

The first day of the meeting was dedicated to the presentation of project participants, an overview on the objective and activities of the project and on the presentation of single Work Packages by WP leaders.

Day 2 has been open to the discussion of the immediate project actions.

Nikos Kyriakoulis