Urban Biorefinery

Finding the best new solutions for urban biomass waste

Ever more people live in cities, and this brings new challenges when it comes to waste management. The need for efficient collection is increasing, but there are also new possibilities in logistics and local processing. Biomass waste streams such as food waste (3.5 million tonnes), wood waste (1 million tonnes) and green waste (0.7 million tonnes) pose a challenge to find ever more high-quality destinations within the context of bio- and circular economy.

Urban Biorefinery (URB) is our answer to the challenge of biomass waste in the city. We identify bottleneck flows with researchers, companies, citizens and the government. Teams of designers, entrepreneurs and researchers design solutions through design sprints (these are intensive, multi-day design sessions). The teams then develop and test their ideas during a six-month programme. Finally, there are two winners: the best application and the best new business model. For the maximum capacity for change, the project partners plan a pilot project with both winners and carry it out: a boost for them and a rich source of practical lessons.

Ghent is the case during URB. We rely on a support network of leading experts and pioneers. During and after URB, we actively share lessons on methodology and new solutions. 


Partners Suez R&R Belgium, IVAGO