New report from the Partnership on regulatory obstacles and drivers for an urban bioeconomy

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    Siri Karlsen Bellika
    20 November 2019 - updated 1 week ago
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The Partnership on Circular Economy have now published a new report mapping the regulatory obstacles and drivers for a more sustainable and circular urban biobased economy!

READ THE REPORT HERE.

This report is part of the deliverables from the action  "Analyse the regulatory obstacles and drivers for boosting an urban circular bioeconomy". The report give concrete examples of European legislation that today is working as an obstacle for better utilization of urban bioresources!

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In a sustainable and circular urban biobased economy, processes and products have positive economic, social and environmental outcomes. In particular, the biobased products produced from urban biowaste and wastewater sludge must respect specific safety criteria in order to avoid negative impacts on human and animal health and on the environment. Innovative technologies and processes aim at demonstrating the possibility to extract more value from these feedstocks.

However, how do the EU legislation on waste, climate mitigation, renewable energy, water resources, etc. influence their TRL upgrade and their development? How can the EU legislations support innovative value chains and processes and at the same time assuring their safety and sustainability?

This report presents a preliminary analysis of the EU regulatory obstacles and drivers influencing the production of biobased products from urban biowaste and wastewater. This analysis is based on a survey carried out in 2018 by the EU Urban Agenda’s Partnership on Circular Economy.7 The aim of this report is indeed to present to EU legislators the direct feedback from experts on how specific EU legislations are influencing the current production of biobased products from urban biowaste and wastewater. Moreover, this report can provide useful information to local policymakers interested in valorising urban organic resources through the production of biobased products by reporting direct experiences.