Acceleration of transition to a bioeconomy in horticulture
Priority AxisResource Efficient Economy
Municipality of Westland
Project budget5 873 743 €
ERDF amount3 381 513 €
The project addresses the need for an environmentally friendly and resource efficient economy focusing on horticulture, using plant resources in a more sustainable, efficient and integrated manner. Although the horticulture industry presents multifaceted societal benefits, the need for transition towards bio-economy is largely overlooked so far. There is much potential, but development, testing and uptake of green innovations is slow due to suboptimal interaction between researchers and SMEs, problematic financing and lack of cross disciplinary working and effective support strategies.
To accelerate the transition to a bio-economy by implementing regional test and pilot projects for development of new techniques, methods and products in the horticultural sector and supporting their development towards market uptake.
Central challenges are to strengthen the supportive role of public authorities to better facilitate and support SMEs to develop more innovations and bring them to the market, to valorise horticultural waste streams and byproducts by extracting valuable plant compounds, and to encourage support from SMEs for the bio-economy and understanding the opportunities.
- Specific approach to support the transition to a bio-economy
- 3 Regional bio-economy partnerships that facillitate SMEs (UK, BE, NL)
- 3 Regional action plans (UK, BE, NL)
- Bio-economy awareness and activation campaign
- Open innovation platform Bio-based Horticulture
- 9 Pilot projects dealing with horticultural waste streams and byproducts for use for food, feed, green pesticides, materials, pharmaceutics and cosmetics
Cross border approach
The bio-economy, green innovations and its markets are developments that go far beyond regional and national scale. Developments towards a bio-economy are relatively new and it is of the greatest importance that parties forge links, share perspectives, and build new approaches.
Therefore there is potential and need for the front runners to engage in cross-disciplinary, and cross border thinking in creating the solutions. Vice versa these front-runners have a strong impact on the actual implementation of green innovations and thus cross border cooperation increases this impact considerably.
Catholic University College VIVES
Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO/EVILVO)
Centre of Expertise for Plant Compounds (Foundation)
NIAB (National Institute of Agricultural Botany)
Transportbedrijf Van Vliet B.V.
Epping Forrest District Council
Biobased Delta South Holland
Development Agency West Flanders
NV Economic Impulse Zeeland