BIOECO-UP: Circular bioeconomy market uptake and policy support in Central Europe

Title of the project: Circular bioeconomy market uptake and policy support in Central Europe

Acronym: BIOECO-UP

Funding source: Interreg Central Europe programme

Implementation period: 04/2023 - 03/2026


The bioeconomy concept seeks to replace fossil resources with renewable raw materials in as many areas and applications as possible. The BIOECO-UP project widely establishes this concept across central Europe. The partners will design new circular value chains for the bioeconomy and change consumer behaviour. They will also support the policy level to push ahead with the transformation. 

Significant policy impact is expected due to strategic partnership, actively involved in high-level inter-ministerial BIOEAST Initiative composed of 11 East European Agriculture Ministries and supporting institutes. Besides policy and business sector, civil society will benefit from lower dependency on fossil-based products and improved use of bio-based products. 

Project will transnationally test, develop and upscale solutions for bio-based value chains design. It will change behaviour of citizens to use, produce and validate bio-based products in contrary to current use of fossil-based products. Activities will also analyse CE bioeconomy policy measures, develop strategy and action plan, propose and mainstreams effective bioeconomy measures within Common Agriculture Policy 2023-2030.

Project will develop:

  • Intersectoral cooperation procedures for transnational bioeconomy value chain design;
  • Protocol for human-centred validation of bioeconomy products;
  • Bioeconomy Strategy and Action Plan with proposed measures for CAP.

Outputs will result in new transnational bioeconomy value chains, bioeconomy products validated by end users and bioeconomy measures integrated in policies of Eastern CE countries. Durability of project results and lasting policy change will be ensured by high level policy partners and associated partners (6 national Ministries and 5 policy advisors to ministries). Transnational cooperation is crucial because BIOECO-UP will complement BIOEAST Initiative with bioeconomy experiences from Austria and Italy and provide transnationally tested solutions including policy measures ready to be up-taken by Agriculture Ministries.

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