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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

    Up to the 3rd project year many activities took place and many products were delivered:
    • 10 November 2017 the project's seminar 'Saving waste in horticulture: Optimising resources' was held in Cambridge (UK). With strong interest from industry, research institutes and public authorities. 
    • 21 June 2018 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.
    • The project's own website and the publication of newsletters have contributed to obtaining more attention for the circular economy and the opportunities in horticultural industry.
    • The BioBoost 'Inventory' has been finished. It inventory provides better understanding of the three regions involved in the project.
    • Report published about stabilisation tests of horticultural waste streams with different methods and techniques.
    • Regional collaborations (horticultural industry, researchers, public authorities) (co)organised last year over 50 activities in the participating regions in the UK, NL and BE with in total over 10,000 participants.
    • App.15 of these activities were part of the campaign 'More profit, less waste', to increase awareness that much more is possible with green residuals of the horticultural industry. This is shown in a short movie and on campaign posters. In NL 4 theme weeks were organised which attracted a lot of attention.
    • The Bioeconomy Learning Module Horticulture and related educational boardgame were finalised.
    • The digital BioBoost Platform was officially launched to stimulate, inspire and connect biobased initiatives in horticulture. The core of the platform consists of examples of all kind of new applications of horticultural residues. 
    • Report published relating to valorisation of crop co-products to produce new products for cosmetics with focus on test results of organic co-products from different origin for their potential as colourants, such as black currant, black berry and walnut.
    • Report published about green pesticides with focus on test results of organic by-products from different crop and insect production systems to determine the performance of biocontrol agents and mycorrhizal fungi.
    • Report published about lab scale and pilot scale experiments with mealworm and black soldier fly with focus on insects as a promising way of converting horticultural residues into valuable protein, oil and derived products.



    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