EMBRACED - Establishing a Multi-purpose Biorefinery for the Recycling of the organic content of AHP waste in a Circular Economy Domain
This innovative biorefinery model will involve all the main actors of the whole value chain, from AHP consumers and local population to waste management and logistic companies, bioprocesses developers or final products developers. In a view of circular economy, all the fractions obtained from processed AHP waste will be reused through valorization into final products, while the organic fraction of AHP (i.e. cellulose) will be converted and valorized in two parallel value chains, which will lead to the production of biobased building blocks, polymers and fertilizers.
The biorefinery model will be implemented following a cascading approach, where all fractions from the process will be valorized to obtain marketable end-products fully competitive with the respective fossil-based counterparts or other benchmark biomass-based products, in terms of cost, quality and sustainability. Moreover, the biorefinery model will be set-up following a circular economy approach, closing the cycle of raw materials and minimizing the use of primary resources, through the establishment of virtuous models of cooperation among all the involved stakeholders.
In addition CIRCE will elaborate a specific methodology that will enable the identification of measures to promote the acceptance of the biobased products to consumers, including green public procurement. This analysis includes the design, conduct, test, and data treatment of surveys (on-line and in-person) with a broad sample and different types of consumers.