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Join CIRCULAR BIOCARBON’s City Interest Group


13 Jul 2021


Join CIRCULAR BIOCARBON’s City Interest Group

A call for applications for European cities (or other local authorities) interested in learning how to turn bio-waste into value-added products has been launched through the CIRCULAR BIOCARBON project and will be open until October 2021.

The CIRCULAR BIOCARBON project has been awarded over 23M€ through Horizon 2020 to develop a first-of-its kind flagship biorefinery, designed to turn the organic fraction of municipal solid waste (OFMSW) and sewage sludge (SS) into added-value products, from mechanical moving parts, to night vision cameras and devices for 5G telecommunications.

The project, which received full marks from the European Commission, involves 11 partners from five European countries (including Spain, Italy, Denmark, France and Germany) is a milestone for the whole Europe owing to its implementation scale (industrial level) as well as to its replicability potential. The biorefinery is a unique and integrated model with the process lines for the OFSMW and SS to be implemented in two locations, namely Zaragoza (Spain) and Sesto San Giovanni (Italy) respectively.

The biorefinery will be operated for three years in Spain and Italy, and is organised through a pool of cascading technologies, starting from anaerobic process steps (after proper pretreatment) of mixed urban waste streams, of which OFMSW is the main one, in order to treat all the bio-waste produced by a medium-size city (at the end of the project, a commercial scale biorefinery will be fully operative).

The fundamental objective of the CIRCULAR BIOCARBON project is to open up new business frameworks based on a new circular vision of waste treatment in a city towards a sustainable bioeconomy, to which actors leading the territorial waste management schemes and policies will be brought to maximize impact on the market, on policy makers and on society.

Five to ten applications will be chosen to closely follow developments and benefit from technical expertise through project-funded study visits, peer-to-peer exchanges, replication and training workshops and webinars focused on turning bio-waste into high added-value products.

City Interest Group members will have the opportunity to gain insider knowledge on breakthrough innovations and receive expert advice from consortium partners in the field of biowaste valorisation; keep up-to-date on R&D and regulation in the areas of circular economy and bio-based products and services; build long-lasting relationships and help build momentum towards achieving circular economy in Europe.

To become part of the City Interest Group, you need to apply using the application form on this page and send it to: simon.gresset@iclei.org. Deadline for applications is October 29, 2021.

Learn more about CIRCULAR BIOCARBON on our project website. Here you can find detailed information about the partners involved and the activities they are carrying out.

This project has received funding from the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 10102328.


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