The EU project PRIMED aims to utilise previously unused biomass resources.

The EU has a significant amount of residual biomass available, more than 900 million tons per year, and 98% of this material ends up in landfill, incinerators, or rotting in open dumps, representing a loss of value, a source of pollution, and a risk to public health. The EU possesses the capability to convert bio-waste into a spectrum of bio-based products with diverse applications, spanning bioplastics, biochemicals, biofertilizers, biomaterials, biofuels, and food and feed industries. This envisioned revalorization holds the potential to directly underpin 5-10 times more employment opportunities and generate 4-9 times more added value than solely using it to generate energy.

The EU’s bioeconomy strategy aims to accelerate the deployment of a sustainable European bioeconomy by driving the renewal of industries, modernizing primary production systems, protecting the environment, and enhancing biodiversity. This strategy is based on three key priorities: strengthening and scaling up the bio-based sectors, unlocking investments and markets and understanding the ecological boundaries of the bioeconomy. To achieve these policy objectives requires a fundamental transformation across various societal sectors, with diverse, disruptive innovations coupled with new circular business models and value chains.

Participating countries

These innovations will be showcased in five Bioeconomy Living Labs located in

  • Finland (agri-food side-streams to ingredients for novel food and cosmetic applications),
  • Ireland (dairy by-products and forestry biomass to biodegradable plastics and bio-based fertilisers),
  • Italy (fish-industry side-streams, food waste and agricultural waste to bioplastics, biodiesel, fertilisers and high value-added food supplements),
  • Portugal (agro-industrial residues to functional silica nanoparticles, polymers and functional coatings), and
  • Spain (livestock manure and agricultural waste to compressed natural biogas, irrigation water and electrical power).
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