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uP_running unlocks the industrial potential of woody biomass residues

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By identifiying good practices in turning biomass to heat or power, the uP_running project is unlocking the strong potential of woody biomass residues produced by Agrarian Pruning and Plantation Removals.

Nutripeople uses Spain's fruit surplus to create superfood packets that alleviate malnutrition

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Nutripeople, a Murcian start-up producing superfoods for the developing world, actively engages Spain's agri-food industry to sell its vegetable surplus as a resource to produce superfood pouches, which are then distributed in areas afflicted by famine.

Lopyanko's project: from bombix mori to raw silk... and much more

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Bulgaria

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Lopyanko's Agri_Gaya'18 project aims at developing sustainable and circular exploitation of the bombix mori (silkworm) in Northern Bulgaria. Besides the production of organic silk and other valuable byproducts, the project establishes protective forest belts of mulberry trees, an agroforestry model particularly well-suited to the Danube Region.

AquaponieBXL: wasteless urban farming, where food grows on water using nutrients from fish waste

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AquaponieBxl is introducing aquaponics across Brussels by building urban farms where vegetables grow on water using fish waste as fertiliser.

CelluTex stimulates European research on sustainable cellulose-based textiles

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Sweden

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CelluTex is a Swedish advocacy platform that promotes needed actions to ensure production of cellulose-based textiles in Europe, utilizing forest resources and recycled cellulosic textiles, including cotton, as raw materials.

Metsä Group’s bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, Finland, leads the way towards a carbon neutral society

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Metsä Group built the first next-generation bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, Finland – the largest investment of the European forest industry with the value of EUR 1.2 billion. The new mill, which began operations in the third quarter of 2017, leads the industry to a new era of resource efficiency through operating completely with no fossil fuels or fossil CO2 emissions. This makes it the most energy-efficient pulp mill in the world, utilising 100% of the production side streams for materials or renewable energy in industrial ecosystem built with partners.

3R pyrolysis technology converts un-exploited biomass resources into bio-phosphate

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Hungary

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Terra Humana's 3R zero emission pyrolysis and nutrient recovery technology transform animal by-products into safe and high value Bio-Phosphate fertiliser.

Make the most of these beets: increasing diversity and building resilience in the sugar industry

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United Kingdom

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There are plenty of hot startups with a new technology that can accelerate the transition to a circular economy.

Yet some of the best examples don't rely on new tech, but instead on the gradual evolution of processes and a precise understanding of energy and resource flows. Continual improvement, collaboration and systems thinking are the name of the game. At British Sugar’s Factory in Norfolk, these are very much on display.

Smart proteins saving our seas: black soldier flies convert waste into high quality food for aquaculture

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The Need - a huge volume of organic waste is generated each year which is expensive to dispose of and leads to harmful methane emissions. At the same time there is a growing demand for high quality protein in the animal feed and aquaculture sectors. Currently this feed is produced in a way that depends on finite resources, and leads to environmental degradation.

The Solution - by using the remarkable nutrient-recycling capacity of the black soldier fly larvae, organic waste can be converted into high quality protein in a very short time period. What makes it particularly smart - the residual material from the conversion process is a high quality compost that can be used to regenerate soils.

SwitchMed Green Entrepreneurship Programme

Amine, founder of Mornag Eco farm, an ecological farm in Tunisia

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Other (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia)

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Vocational training

The EU-funded SwitchMed Programme supports and connects stakeholders to scale-up social and eco-innovations in the Mediterranean. It promotes inclusive growth, job creation and sustainable development by supporting policy makers, eco-innovative small and medium sized enterprises, industries, start-ups and entrepreneurs in the Southern Mediterranean countries.

SwitchMed National Action Plan Demo projects

Nardjess Mokhtari and Anis Ouazene founders of the¨Atelier Le Printemps in Algeria

The EU-funded SwitchMed Programme supports and connects stakeholders to scale-up social and eco innovations in the Mediterranean.

Alexandre Affre

Alexandre Affre, Director Industrial Affairs & ASGroup Manager, BusinessEurope

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Belgium
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Alexandre Affre is Director for the Industrial Affairs department at BusinessEurope, the leading advocate for growth and competitiveness at European level. In this role since 2013, Alexandre is responsible for developing and communicating the organization’s positions on energy, climate and environmental policy as well as industrial policy and research & innovation. Prior to that, he worked at the wildlife trade monitoring network of WWF and IUCN. Alexandre is a trained scientist and holds a Master in Ecology from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie.