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  • bio-based industrial production

    Sustainable use of and value creation from renewable raw materials for bio-based industrial production such as biomaterials and green chemicals in Flanders - Abstract

    In 2012 a study was carried out at the request of the Department of Economy, Science and Innovation on the state of play of the bio-based economy (BBE) in Flanders in terms of quality and, wherever possible, in terms of quantity. This study also formulated policy recommendations for stimulating the further transition of the bio-based economy with increased focus on bio-based materials and chemicals, smaller production volumes and higher economic added value, and more employment. The results showed that the bio-based industry in Flanders is still limited, but growing. By updating the available figures this study aims to give a quantitative assessment of today’s bio-based economy in Flanders and to analyse trends, if any. In addition, changes and emphases in the current policy environment (Flemish and EU) as well as regional and international trends are discussed in greater detail.
  • Sustainable use and creation of value from renewable raw materials for biobased industrial production such as biomaterials and green chemicals in Flanders

    The aim of this study is to support the Government of Flanders in developing its own strategy for a biobased economy (BBE) and to draft recommendations for an integrated and sustainable economic innovation policy. In order to develop this strategy, Flanders’ assets must be identified and used as the basis for defining policy choices for the BBE; in other words, how can Flanders optimally use its positive starting position with a strong chemical industry, a limited (in terms of surface area) but highly intensive agricultural and horticultural and thus likewise food industry, and a high population density with large and well-managed waste streams, in the transition to a sustainable BBE?
  • Belgian position paper on Horizon 2020

    Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness. Running from 2014 to 2020 with an €80 billion budget, the EU’s new programme for research and innovation is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe.
  • The Knowledge Based Bio-Economy (KBBE) in Europe: achievements and challenges

    The increasing demand for a sustainable supply of food, raw materials and fuels, together with recent scientific progress, is the major economic driving force behind growth of the Knowledge Based Bio-economy (KBBE) in Europe over the last few decades. The bioeconomy – the sustainable production and conversion of biomass, for a range of food, health, fibre and industrial products and energy, where renewable biomass encompasses any biological material to be used as raw material - can play an important role in both creating economic growth, and in formulating effective responses to pressing global challenges. In this way it contributes to a smarter, more sustainable and inclusive economy. It is estimated that the European bio-economy currently has an approximate market size of over 2 trillion Euro, employing around 21.5 million people, with prospects for further growth looking more than promising. In addition to being economically favourable, the KBBE can help to meet the most urgent global challenges improving public well-being in general. Areas that it can benefit include social and demographic development and its impact on agriculture, the growing pressure on water, the threat of climate change, the limited resources of fossil fuel, the need for sustainable development, the impact of changes in lifestyles and eating habits, the demand for safer and healthier foods and the prevention of epizootic and zoonotic diseases.
  • Flanders' Research Area - edition 2002

    This new edition ‘Flanders’ Research Area’ is a second updated version of ‘Scientific Research in Flanders’ which was first issued in 1998. It offers a general overview of the administrative structures in science and technological innovation and of the knowledge centres in Flanders. The first part describes the main activities of the Science and Innovation Administration and its related agencies and advisory bodies. The second part gives an overview of the research organisations. The third part gives a general description of the Flemish universities. Part four focusses on the schools for higher education offering courses at an academic level and performing scientific and technological research. New in this edition is part 5: the collective research centres.
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