AC3A and Pays de la Loire is a part of BIOREGIO, a major international project to boost the European circular economy of biological streams. With its eight partners from six different countries, BIOREGIO desires to influence resource efficient economy policies and to enhance regional bioeconomy. The project will also share expertise about the best available technologies and cooperation models. The five-year-long project started in January 2017 and the first international joint meeting will take place in Lahti, Finland, in April this year.
Contribution to Bioeconomy
Through BIOREGIO, the collective knowledge will increase the recycling rates of the biological streams, such as food waste/bio waste, municipal and industrial sludge and agricultural residues, which can be processed with similar technologies. These best available technologies and models include, for instance, bio refinery, biogas production, and relevant cooperation models, e.g. ecosystems, networks and administrative cooperation towards closing the loops of the biological streams.
As a result, the BIOREGIO partner regions will be better equipped to develop relevant regional policies supporting circular economy with a focus on closing the biological loops. Moreover, the project outcomes will contribute to an inevitable transition towards a greater and more sustainable use of biological resources in the whole EU.
“In 2017, the region of Pays de la Loire has developed a regional action plan for circular economy in collaboration with various stakeholders. It reconises the importance of the role of biomass in circular economy for the region where agricultural and agro-alimentary sectors are particularly developed. BIOREGIO will enrich this new approach on our territory” said Pascale Boutault, programme officer for circular economy at the Directorate for energy transition and environment of the Regional Council of Pays de la Loire.
International Financing Enables the Cooperation
The EU Interreg Europe program has granted EUR 1.5 million for the BIOREGIO project. The Interreg Europe program is the largest of European Territorial Cooperation programs and it helps regional governments across Europe to develop and implement better policies.
Lahti University of Applied Sciences (Finland), Regional Council of Päijät-Häme (Finland), Deputy Regional Ministry of Environment (Spain), Slovak University of Agriculture (Slovakia), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), Region of Central Macedonia (Greece), National Research and Development Institute for Chemistry and Petrochemistry (Romania), Association of the Chambers of Agriculture of the Atlantic Area (France)
Pascal Dagron, head of mission, AC3A, firstname.lastname@example.org, 033 253 466 257
Monika Bogucka, Project Manager, AC3A, email@example.com, 033 253 466 055