Bio-based industries: sustainability benefits from circularity and closed-loop life cycles

Neus Escobar together with colleagues from Ciemat (Spain), Technische Universität Berlin (Germany) and the University of Bologna (Italy) has proposed a session to be included at the next SETAC Europe Meeting on sustainable societies. The goal of the session is to explore potential synergies between Circular Economy and Bioeconomy, with a focus on the sustainability gains that circularity can bring to more integrated bio-based industries.

It encourages scientific contributions in the following areas of research:

a) LCA case studies showing the potential of bio-based industries to close loops in multiple sectors; e.g. chemicals, plastics and fibres from organic waste or sewage sludge, building materials from agro-industrial waste, advanced biofuels, biorefineries, etc.

b) Organizational Life Cycle Assessment (OLCA) of companies implementing circularity and/or industrial symbiosis in resource extraction, manufacturing and services, highlighting the importance of waste collection and end-of-life options from a supply chain perspective.

c) Life cycle thinking integration into other methodologies for sustainability assessments at the micro- (process or firm), meso- (inter-firm or supply-chain) and macro- (city or society) levels, e.g. material flow accounting, techno-economic assessments, ecological footprints, input output analysis, etc.

Deadline for abstract submission is Wednesday 28 November 2018, 23:59 CET.

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