Whatever your field, industry, or expertise, join us, at 13:45 CEST on Monday April 26th for EUBCE’s second plenary session: “Circular Economy & Biochar.”

Monique Axelos, Scientific Director for Food and Bioeconomy, from the French public research institute INRAE, will moderate a session about two strategic approaches to reducing global warming on a large scale will be presented – with a circular economy considered as key to the rationing of natural resources in the future.

Wageningen Food & Biobased Research (The Netherlands), as well as, the Energy Department of Polytechnic of Turin (Italy) will each be presenting.

A circular economy is considered a key component in the use of natural resources in the future. Building a biobased economy means reducing the reliance on fossil fuels, resource efficiently, full valorisation of wastes and residues, maintaining carbon and nutrient cycles, and extending high-quality use of biomass (cascading). The plenary by Vural Gursel et al. define what circularity specifically implies for biobased products and propose a list of indicators for circularity in a biobased economy. From there, a circularity assessment framework is described with a set of existing and newly proposed indicators. While existing approaches are generally limited to food, renewable energy and recycling of biowaste, work presented here aims to extend to biobased products and the extent the quality to which biomass is retained in use and subsequent cycles.