Title: Bio-economy contribution to circular economy
Authors: SALA SERENELLACORRADO SARA
Publisher: Springer
Publication Year: 2018
JRC N°: JRC108238
ISBN: 978-3-319-66980-9
URI: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-319-66981-6_6
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC108238
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-66981-6_6
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: European policies are advocating a transition toward “bioeconomy”, an economy aiming at reducing the dependence from fossil-based resources, limiting greenhouse gas emissions, safeguarding food security and ensuring a sustainable economic growth. Besides, circular economy policies are aiming at closing loop of resources as much as possible. The application of circular economy principles to bioeconomy could represent a valuable contribution to bioeconomy performance optimisation. The present paper investigates the contribution of bioeconomy to circular economy. It proposes a conceptual framework to assess the potential for circularity for bio-waste and related by-products and it puts forward some considerations on the application of this framework to food waste. However, both bioeconomy and circular economy may imply environmental burdens if an integrated assessment encompassing all life cycle stages of production and consumption is missing.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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