30 months to build a framework, knowledge base and expert support ecosystem to boost circular bio-based systems

European policymakers can now look forward to an adequate assessment and policy development framework, knowledge base and an expert support ecosystem for the transition to a circular bioeconomy thanks to the newly launched BIOTRANSFORM project, which stands for Circular BIOeconomy TRANSFORMation for regions by enabling resource and governance networks. Funded by the HORIZON Coordination and Support Action of the European Union, Biotransform kicked off on 18-19 October and will run until March 2025.

The 10 project partners will develop a framework to roll out circular bio-based systems through a multi-actor approach around 6 regional cases: Andalusia (Spain), Northern Burgenland (Austria), Western Macedonia (Greece), across Finland, Charles Spa Region (Czech Republic) and North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany). These regional case-studies represent several important industries and transition scenarios for Europe such as: forestry, agri-food, lake ecosystems, lignite and minerals, and chemicals.

The BIOTRANSFORM consortium, led by the Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus VTT OY, consists of 10 partners across 8 European countries (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Greece, Luxemburg, and Spain). It includes ACR+ and LIST, also Biocircularcities partners. While LIST will be in charge of developing the project’s assessment package, ACR+ will lead the work on how regional governance can guide the transition to circular bioeconomy. This will enable both organisations to build bridges between Biocircularcities and BIOTRANSFORM.

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