Established clusters such as those for biogas and biodiesel are seeking a stable future in the face of uncertainties in commodity prices and government policy. Agriculture and chemistry are looking for new routes into bioplastics and are in this context running up against organisational limits and legislation. Organic residual flows such as manure and grass, industrial waste and water treatment are seeking new applications in energy and materials, and here, too, it is not immediately clear who will now do what.
In this transition, it is essential to have a party who is familiar with innovation, in social, economic and technical areas; a party who is active in multiple sectors; and a party who can bridge the gap and provide an understanding of the feasibility of new initiatives and clusters. This is particularly true when dealing with links between clusters that until a few years ago had no basis for cooperation.
Wageningen Economic Research plays this role both nationally and internationally. Wageningen Economic Research offers the business community, regions and governments support in making the transition to a successful circular economy, providing business models, network arrangements, monitoring and scenario analyses.
A bio-based and circular economy
In a bio-based and circular economy, food, energy and fuel are produced sustainably and efficiently, and the recycling loops are closed as much as possible. It requires close cooperation between companies, policy-makers, NGOs and researchers. We help our customers to design and organise supply chains and clusters, mobilise the surrounding area and the stakeholders, and do research into the market potential and the societal acceptance of the bio-based economy. This way we improve the competitiveness of companies, regions and the economy as a whole.