ETA Florence - Renewable Energies

ECOMONDO 2017: Circular bioeconomy and biobased industry


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ECOMONDO 2017: Integrated management and enhancement of secondary organic flows of urban origin

Every day, huge streams of waste material are generated in urban areas and require considerable investment for their proper disposal. 

With a view to the development of 'Circular Economy' and 'Bioeconomy', the integrated management of the above mentioned urban wastes can contribute to their full exploitation, through both the recovery of material resources (nitrogen and phosphorus) and the development of new bio-based materials and/or biofuels. 

In particular, the integration of municipal organic waste treatment with civil wastewaters and their related sewage sludge may facilitate an optimal use of the available technologies (e.g. by allowing them to reach an adequate treatment capacity even for medium-small local frames and/or by exploiting any reactor volumes that are already available in the sludge lines). It can also accelerate the development of emerging technologies, especially in support of bio-products with a higher added value. 

These innovative technologies can be adopted for processes already applied such as the combined production of compost and biogas. A possible integration with thermal processes is also possible in order to broaden the spectrum of added-value products. 

In addition, an integrated management of secondary organic streams of urban origin could be extendedin order to include other waste materials such as those deriving from the agro-industrial sector and the retail and wholesale sectors, which have similar compositions and often originate around the urban area. Of course, this integrated management requires to address not only the technical and economic aspects, but also the protection of human health and safety and also the environmental sustainability, which eventually call for the definition of new 'end of waste criteria' that need to be adequate for the new technological chains and new bio-materials and bio-products. 

This approach appears to be fundamental in the creation of the necessary interaction, from a B2B perspective, between the sectors of the 'waste / wastewater management' on one hand and downstream segments of the production and placement of 'bio-based products (eg, the sectors of the bioplastics and biolubricants) on the other one. Nor should we neglect the key role of local authorities and industry associations, starting from the stages of technological development and setting of market strategies. 

At ECOMONDO 2017 all these topics will be discussed during the workshop “Integrated management and enhancement of secondary organic flows of urban origin” (Tuesday 7 November, Sala Ravezzi  2, from 10am to 6pm in Italian/English with simultaneous translation) presenting and comparing the most advanced management experiences (from case studies in various European cities) and the new technology chains, which are emerging at least at pilot level from various National and International Projects. 

Bioeconomy at ECOMONDO 2017

One of the emerging industrial areas of Ecomondo is the Italian and European Bio-based industry i.e. multi-product biorefineries and non-food biomass refineries, from wood cellulose and from organic waste, to be introduced in abandoned industrial areas. Reduction of food wastage, efficient energy use and transformation of the food industry including the integrated exploitation of its by-products and waste. 

This year too, in hall D3, a conference room will be dedicated to the issues of the supply chain, where the operators involved will be able to present the public with scientific, technical, regulatory and market information through workshops and conferences at an international level focusing on the Mediterranean basin. 

During ECOMONDO 2017 all topics focusing on bioeconomy and its related subtopics such as food, biobased industry, forestry and blue growth will be mainly discussed during the following conferences:

  • Sustainable Mediterranean BioeconomyWednesday, November 8, 2017, 14:00 - 18:00, Biobased Industry Room. Organized by: IT Technology Clusters on Bioeconomy, BLUEMED INITIATIVE, PRIMA, PPP BBI JU


ETA-Florence Renewable Energies, together with Ecomondo, is co-organizing an algal event with the strategic support of EUBIA, the European Biomass Industry Association, and RE-CORD, the Renewable Energy Consortium for Research and Demonstration. 

As the European Commission suggests in its research and innovation program, in a context of growing demand for resources, the sustainable use of the seas, oceans and inland waters is critical for Europe, especially for the Mediterranean regions. Micro- and macro-algae represent an additional source of biomass that can be used for various applications and a key sector of a bio-based economy. They also have the advantage of a low land requirement. 

Getting a better understanding of the sustainability of algae production and utilization and how and why algae can be used for biorefineries. Discussions will be focused also on new technologies and processes and their market perspectives. 

The event will be in conjunction with the Algae Pavilion prepared in the Biobased Industry Hall of Ecomondo on Tuesday 7 November 2017, 14:00 - 17:00, Room Mimosa 2 pad B6. 

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