Circular economy transition - how can the agricultural sector contribute?

Reference number 2018-04684
Coordinator Högskolan i Halmstad - Akademin för ekonomi, teknik och naturvetenskap
Funding from Vinnova SEK 1 000 000
Project duration January 2019 - April 2020
Status Ongoing
Venture Circular and biobased economy
Call Policy and behavioral issues for a biobased circular economy

Purpose and goal

The project will together with agricultural businesses in Vessige biogas AB and Falkenberg municipality develope new business models for farmbased biogas production including the complete value chain and making use of waste material so that a circular economy is encouraged. These models and solutions will contribute to the agricultural businesses profitability, the municipalities climate goals and also that less fossil based resources (fuel and mineral fertilisers) are needed. The models developed in this regional context will be disseminated nationally and internationally.

Expected results and effects

Society needs a transition towards a more circular economy. Agricultural businesses have the potential to implement a transition through the development of new circular business models including biogas and biomanure production. This project will contribute to the transition via the project partners (Halmstad University, Vessige biogas AB och Falkenbergs municipality) who in collaboration will investigate motivations and obstacles for the cricular business models and what policy development and behavioral change could drive the circular economy in the agricultural sector.

Planned approach and implementation

The project will initially investigate the current situation nationally and internationally concerning circular solutions. Workshops with stakeholders and surveys and interview studies will find out how production and market for biogas and biomanure can be secured as well as which standards, control means and legislation promotes the circular solutions. New knowledge will be gathered for increasing the agricultural companies readiness for develop and implement circular business models. New solutions will be developed for a wider use nationally and internationally.

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