Growing the bioeconomy together

Innovative bio-based alternatives already exist for many products derived from fossil fuels, and research teams worldwide are busily developing new solutions. An EU-funded project is encouraging Europeans to explore the prospect of a sustainable economy firmly rooted in renewables and fostering dialogue on its governance.

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  Algeria
  Argentina
  Australia
  Austria
  Bangladesh
  Belarus
  Belgium
  Benin
  Bolivia
  Brazil
  Bulgaria
  Burkina Faso
  Cambodia
  Cameroon
  Canada
  Cape Verde
  Chile
  China
  Colombia
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  Denmark
  Ecuador
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  Ethiopia
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  France
  French Polynesia
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Published: 15 November 2017  
Related theme(s) and subtheme(s)
Bioeconomy
EnvironmentSustainable development
Research policyHorizon 2020
Countries involved in the project described in the article
Bulgaria  |  Germany  |  Italy  |  Netherlands  |  United Kingdom
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Growing the bioeconomy together

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BioSTEP, a three-year project launched in March 2015, is raising public awareness of the European bioeconomy and calling on stakeholders to engage with the concept. Activities aimed at three distinct target groups are being organised, with partners reaching out to policymakers, actors in science, academia and civil society, as well as the general public.

The team has found a number of ways to stimulate interaction with and among these very different audiences. Examples include publications and videos, workshops and conferences.

The project also organises ‘living labs’ – innovation-focused partnerships formed by stakeholders from the public and private sectors, as well as the general public, cooperating on tasks such as the development of products or the definition of strategies. Insights from case studies in Bulgaria and Italy will feed into the partners’ work to identify and disseminate best practices in the development of bioeconomy strategies at regional or national levels.

In addition, a BioSTEP exhibition highlights familiar and more recent innovations that are already present in daily life, although consumers may not necessarily perceive them as expressions of Europe’s budding bioeconomy. Some of the showcased products – enzymatic laundry detergents, for instance, or eco-friendly washing-up liquid – are already widely used, and many visitors will be aware of advances such as biodegradable coffee capsules. In contrast, probiotic toothpaste, bioreactor façades, and dresses made from milk may come as a surprise.

The exhibition premiered in Glasgow in October 2016 before travelling on to Italy for display in Brescia and Padua. It is also accessible online.

Project details

  • Project acronym: BioSTEP
  • Participants: Germany (Coordinator), Bulgaria, Italy, Netherlands, United Kingdom
  • Project N°: 652682
  • Total costs: € 1 760 581
  • EU contribution: € 1 758 081
  • Duration: March 2015 to February 2018

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