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Green waste becomes new raw material

Pro Natura / INNEC

This project is testing a local biomass hub at Eeklo, where the industry is transitioning to local green waste as raw material. It also creates extra jobs for less well-educated individuals.

The step from green waste to raw materials and from petrol to bio-refining is not as easy as it sounds. Green waste must first be collected, separated and cleaned, which is a very expensive process. That is why many bio-refineries opt for non-separated, often imported and therefore less sustainable biomass as input.

Social-economy company Pro Natura (with INNEC (Innovation in Nature and Ecology) as spin-off) and waste company Renewi believe there will be an economically viable transition, providing at least three conditions are satisfied. Firstly, every component of the green waste must be used. Secondly, this is only possible if all companies work together intensely in a biomass cluster. Thirdly, the social economy must be engaged not only for harvest, transport and pre-processing the green waste, but also for the conversion and production of new raw materials.

Photo and schedule: Pro Natura

Pro Natura / INNEC

{$lblPartners} Renewi, UGent en HOGent, Studio Transitio

{$lblThemas} Call 2017 ›

Sectors Biomass ›