Workshop 1: From Waste to Wealth (10-5pm)
A workshop to explore the opportunities for using waste as a feedstock for the manufacture of chemicals, energy and fuels.
The 2014 House of Lords Science and Technology Committee Third Report “Waste or resource? Stimulating a bioeconomy” highlights a significant market for using waste to make “green” (renewable) chemicals, already estimated at $57bn worldwide and forecast to rise to $83 billion by 2018. The UK Government’s subsequent report ‘Building a high value bioeconomy – opportunities from waste, March 2015’ states, “One such opportunity is the potential to convert underutilised wastes into high value products. As an alternative to virgin materials, wastes could provide sustainable resources for the bioeconomy” . Producing the energy, fuels and chemicals required to support modern life from waste derived feedstocks not only presents an economic opportunity for many countries, but provides a potential low carbon alternative to what are traditionally petrochemical, virgin material or finite resource based activities. The potential market size for such bio-based products is enormous with the USDA estimating 10% chemical market penetration in 2015 with ultimately 50,000 eco-products representing a global market value of $1 trillion and the creation of over 200,000 jobs in the US alone. In the EU it has been suggested that each euro invested in EU-funded bioeconomy research and innovation is estimated to enable €10 of value added in bioeconomy sectors by 2025.
In this workshop we will use invited talks and open discussions to explore the opportunities to use waste as a feedstock and with special reference to the manufacture of higher value chemicals as well as energy products, and to future bio-refineries. Case studies will cover different feedstocks drawn from different stages in the food supply chain and the use of different bio- and chem-technologies for extraction and conversion. The workshop will be led by James Clark, Chair of the EU COST Action Network on Food Supply Chain Waste Valorisation.
Speakers to be announced in May.
Workshop 2: to be announced
Watch this space for more information.