EU Bioeconomy turns tlns of €

In the European Union bioeconomy in 2013 was a trillion Euro business. 18.3 million people were employed. They generated a turnover of 2.1 trillion Euro.

Authors of nova-Institut GmbH (Hürth, Germany) have generated the data on behalf of the Bio-based Industries consortium (BIC). In a press release Nova-Institut explains, that it used Eurostat as the main source of data for all sectors of bio-economy. Read more

Insectmeal is a new feed for farmed fish

Overfishing of oceans is a problem for aquaculture or fish farming as well: Many farmed fish is fed with fishmeal – made of fish caught by deep-sea fishing. Meal made from maggots may replace fishmeal. In the European Union however insectmeal, like most of all animal protein, currently must not be used in feed for farmed animals in nearly any European countries. But the European Food Safety Agency recently Read more

Video-Interview: Fuels made of CO2 may substitute fossil fuels, fossil feedstock for chemicals and polymers, expert says.

Button mit der Aufschrift: I love CO2

 

Carbon Dioxide may be the feedstock for fuels, chemicals and polymers, Michael Carus of Nova-Institut, Hürth, Germany explains in a video-interview.

There could be enough renewable energy to switch from fossil based to CO2-based economy. The interview has been recorded during an international conference in Essen, Germany in September 2015.

Marine pollution by microparticles from cosmetics may be avoided easily

Most litter in the oceans is plastic waste. This is not only bottles and bags swimming at the surface, visible to the human eye. There are also very small pieces of plastic floating in the water. These so-called microparticles are between 1/1000 mm and 5 mm in diameter.

Microparticles maybe harmful for marine organisms.

E.g., they may disturb digestion, release substances which act as hormones in the organism or accumulate harmful substances. Once integrated Read more

There is enough agricultural land to grow plants for food, bio-fuel, biomaterials, expert says in Video-Interview

Today most plastic material is made from fossil fuel. But industry is preparing for alternatives based on biomaterials. These can be made from plants and other renewable resources.
Biomaterial plants would not compete with food plants for agricultural land, Michael Carus of Nova-Institute for ecology and innovation, Hürth, Germany, explains in a video-interview.

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Video-Interview: How bioplastics can be derived from agricultural wastewaters

Three Italian start-up entrepreneurs are scaling up a technology to derive bio-based plastic from agricultural waste waters.

Enjoy my video-interview with Paolo Stufano, one of the founders of Eggplant Srl of Bari, Italy, here.

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The Eggplant ecopreneurs currently focus on wastewater from olive-oil-production. Olives are pressed to get the oil. Then the oil is Read more

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