The POWER4BIO project aims at empowering regional stakeholders to boost the transition towards bioeconomy regions in Europe by providing them with the necessary tools, instruments and guidance to develop and implement sound sustainable bioeconomy strategies.
A long list of 67 different aspects of bioeconomy has been compiled based on a review of literature and relevant projects, and input from bioeconomy stakeholders. The list presents an overview of topics which may be relevant and considered when developing a regional bioeconomy strategy and an implementation roadmap. A selection of these aspects can be translated into key performance indicators (KPIs) to assess bioeconomy (potential) of a region. More info can be found in report D2.2, which can be found under ‘Publications’ below.
Tools for analysing regional bioeconomy
Several tools with a range of functions are available already, among which tools for: biomass supply, cost and characteristics; logistics; market information; good practice examples of conversion technologies; policies and finances; sustainability; self-assessment. These have been reviewed, evaluated and described in short with a focus on regional stakeholders like policy makers and industry. The results are described in a report which allows stakeholders to easily screen which tools are in particular interesting for their situation.
The report D2.3 can be found under ‘Publications’ below.
Catalogue of bioeconomy solutions and good practice examples
A catalogue of existing bio-based solutions (technologies) for production of bioenergy, biomaterials, biochemicals and food & feed with a tested potential for market uptake (TRL ³ 6) has been developed for inspiration. The info is stored in an online accessible database which is searchable via categories like feedstock, conversion technology and product, but also via key words. The database structure allows to easily go from one solution to an ‘adjacent’ solution. The content topics for the solution factsheets have been determined in close cooperation with different type of stakeholders: policy makers, industry (associations), researchers and consultants.
The catalogue can be found .
12 best practice examples of smaller scale solutions with replication potential in rural areas have been identified and described in more detail in a separate report D3.4, which can be found under ‘Publications’ below.
Bioeconomy business models, supporting policies and funding instruments
Business models for 19 best practice solutions have been characterised and described according to the so-called Business Model Canvas format. A confidential report is available with WR, and a public version of business models is being prepared.
Next to that, regional public policies and regulations of the past years with strong influence on regional stakeholders have been reviewed for replicability in other regions. Also, a general theoretical concept of policy integration across different political levels (from EU to regions) and across different policy domains (environmental, sustainable development, energy, bioeconomy) has been looked at. On top of this, regulatory barriers derived from EU regulations to the development of the bioeconomy were identified and recommendations to overcome these proposed.
The info has been collected in report D4.2 and can be found under ‘Publications’ below.
An explanation of options for funding instruments and their relevance for regional bioeconomy development has been addressed in a training webinar by Power4Bio partner Meta, and is available as session 7 of the training webinar series which can be found under ‘Publications’ below.
Bioeconomy strategy accelerator toolkit
The 10 partner regions have developed or updated their bioeconomy strategy. The 8-step methodology used to develop a bioeconomy strategy is described in report D5.3. Based on this experience, an online tool, called the Bioeconomy Strategy Accelerator Toolkit (BSAT), will be developed to navigate regions through a step-by-step approach to prepare their own bioeconomy strategy and implementation roadmap.
An overview of suitable regional policies to support bio-based business models : (deliverable 4.2)
Best practice examples : Deliverable 3.4
Catalogue with bio-based solutions : Deliverable 3.3
Examples of regional bio-based business models : Power4Bio Deliverable 4.1
Recommendations for the use of existing tools when developing regional bioeconomy strategies