Title: Sustainability of food waste biorefinery: A review on valorisation pathways, techno-economic constraints, and environmental assessment
Authors: PATINHA CALDEIRA CARLAVLYSIDIS ANESTISFIORE GIANLUCADE LAURENTIIS VALERIAVIGNALI GIUSEPPESALA SERENELLA
Citation: BIORESOURCE TECHNOLOGY vol. 312 p. 123575
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCI LTD
Publication Year: 2020
JRC N°: JRC118963
ISSN: 0960-8524 (online)
URI: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960852420308476?via%3Dihub
https://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC118963
DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2020.123575
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The need to increase circularity of industrial systems to address limited resources availability and climate change has triggered the development of the food waste biorefinery concept. However, for the development of future sustainable industrial processes focused on the valorisation of food waste, critical aspects such as (i) the technical feasibility of the processes at industrial scale, (ii) the analysis of their techno-economic potential, including available quantities of waste, and (iii) a life cycle-based environmental assessment of benefits and burdens need to be considered. The goal of this review is to provide an overview of food waste valorisation pathways and to analyse to which extent these aspects have been considered in the literature. Although a plethora of food waste valorisation pathways exist, they are mainly developed at lab-scale. Further research is necessary to assess upscaled performance, feedstock security, and economic and environmental assessment of food waste valorisation processes.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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