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Accelerating the bioeconomy

Adding value to Scotland’s biological resources.

Food and drink, and the broader bioeconomy is an important area of our work towards developing a circular economy in Scotland and positioning Scotland as an international leader in the efficient use of biological resources.

What do we mean by the bioeconomy?

In essence, it is about using biological resources or bioprocesses to make new products such as food, materials and energy as well as adding value to waste materials.   

Food waste is a significant source of carbon emissions; and a more circular approach to the beer, whisky and fish sectors alone could lead to potential savings of half a billion pounds per year. Extracting sugars from waste bread and turning into biofuel or beer are to practical examples of the bioeconomy in action.

Projects already successfully working in the bioeconomy field in Scotland include CelluComp, a company turning nano fibres from root vegetables into an environmentally friendly thickener for paint; Argent Energy using waste fats and oils to convert into biofuel and Ogilvy Spirits, making vodka from potatoes not suitable for retail. 

Your project could be the next circular economy success story.  Contact our team to find out more.

The role of Zero Waste Scotland

We work in close partnership with the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) to maximise our reach and encourage collaboration between business and research.

In collaboration with the IBioC, we have recently launched the Bioeconomy Accelerator, which funds businesses to enable implementation of new ideas putting the bioeconomy into practice. 

We also support businesses in the bioeconomy sector as part of our Circular Economy Business Support Service, which provides access to expertise and resources in order to help businesses implement the ideas for new processes, products or technologies.

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