Open Science Talk “Bio-values from bio-waste"
Increasing sustainability by waste reduction and material cycles are one of the big challenges we are facing today.
Roughly one-third of the food produced for human consumption worldwide - approximately 1 billion tons per year - are lost as waste during the process chain. The annual value of corresponding losses amounts to US$ 680 billion in industrialized countries and US$ 310 billion in developing countries (http://www.fao.org/save-food/resources/keyfindings/en/).
Besides the reduction of biowaste by improved consumer behaviour, the value addition of biowaste and other biomass has a great potential to reduce losses in material cycles, increase sustainability and reduce the amount of resources needed to transform industrial production towards a bio-based economy.
Within the FACCE SURPLUS joint project “PASS-BIO”, experts from the Realcat platform of Ecole Centrale de Lille, France; LUKE Research, Finland, and TU Berlin explained in four presentations current efforts in biotechnology, to make value out of food waste and other biogenic residues. The audience of about 40 participants, which mainly consisted of people from various cross-sectional academic disciplines including scholars of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), had the chance to inform themselves about potential products from bio-waste, like feed and bioplastics.
The event took place in the urban gardening project Nirgendwo (website in German), which also supports the idea of a sustainable way of acting in the centre of Berlin.
Read more about the “PASS-BIO” project here
Dr. Stefan Junne
Technische Universität Berlin (TUB), Germany