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Acceleration of transition to a bioeconomy in horticulture

Priority Axis

Resource Efficient Economy

Specific objective

Circular Economy

Lead partner

Municipality of Westland

Start Date


End Date


Project budget

5 873 743

ERDF amount

3 381 513

ERDF rate



    Common challenge

    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.

    Main Achievements

    In its 2nd year the project encountered problems in the partnership. Two companies decided to leave the project. One was not able to take timely a decision on the necessary investments for a pilot activity, due to market circumstances. The other could not allocate the necessary staff in the aftermath of a merger. A third partner could not perform because of organisational and financial problems. Luckily the partners were able to find a solution for this. Three new partners joined the project (companies) and will implement similar activities as the two partners who left. The existing project partners took over activities from the partner who could not perform. The change is effected via a project modification.

    The established regional collaborations of the horticultural industry with researchers and public authorities ('platforms') (co) organised 40 activities in 2018 in the participating regions in the UK, NL and BE with in total over 1600 participants from various target groups.

    On 21 June the project's 2nd international seminar 'Agro-food waste streams: from cost to source of income' was held in Beitem (BE). The project activities were presented and entrepreneurs shared their success stories with more than 70 people. This was almost double as much as anticipated.

    On the project website 29 articles/news items were published and 3 new e-newsletters were send around to over 16.900 email addresses.

    The BioBoost 'Inventory' has been finished. This inventory provides better understanding of the three regions involved in the project: Flanders region around Roeselare (BE), Westland region (NL) and Lea Valley with reference to Kent (UK) in terms of agricultural crops and related waste streams. Also the principle of a circular and bio-economy and its relevance for the horticultural sector is described. The document provides a joint basis for the partners to shape effective actions to stimulate the circular economy in horticulture and serves as input for a project strategy developed at a later stage of the project. It is published on the project website. During collection of data interaction with growers has indicated that many are passionate about waste reduction and keen to embrace the concept of a circular economy and bio-economy, but require help, guidance and infrastructure to realise this aim.

    The stabilisation tests of horticultural waste streams with different methods and techniques were completed and the results are laid down in a report.



    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


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    Action/implementation plan (general and the 3 regions: Westland-NL, Lea Valley-UK, and Roeselare-BE)

    Theme: Circular economy - Waste management
    Type: Strategy/action plan
    Target: SMEs /enterprises - Regional development agencies, Chamber of Commerce - Innovation agencies

    Regional bioeconomy platforms/partnerships established that facilitate green innovations

    Theme: Circular economy - Waste management
    Type: Network
    Target: SMEs /enterprises - Regional development agencies, Chamber of Commerce - Innovation agencies

    Bioeconomy awareness and activation campaign for SMEs and citizens.

    Theme: Circular economy - Waste management
    Type: Strategy/action plan
    Target: Citizens - Local, regional and national authorities

    Open Innovation Platform - Biobased Horticulture (web based)

    Theme: Circular economy - Waste management
    Type: e-Infrastructure
    Target: SMEs /enterprises - Regional development agencies, Chamber of Commerce - Innovation agencies

    Test, pilot and demonstration projects (including preceding studies, analysis and tests)

    Theme: Circular economy - Waste management
    Type: Feasibility study
    Target: Innovation agencies - Regional development agencies, Chamber of Commerce - SMEs /enterprises