The Port of Amsterdam Pursues a Bio-based, Circular Economy
by John J. Berger (Renewable Energy World) … According to its Vision 2030 statement, the port seeks to become “an innovative hub for [an] energy transition [and a] circular and bio-based economy” that will create jobs, new products, and economic progress.
A bio-based economy primarily uses renewable biological materials―from fields, forests, and oceans―for producing food, energy, and industrial raw materials. One reason ports like Amsterdam are interested in nurturing a “bioeconomy” is because biomass means business for the port. It’s a bulky raw material, and the port already has terminals that handle it. Ultimately, the port expects to replace current fossil fuel cargo with biomass.
The circular economy differs from a recycling economy. The former plans its production intentionally to avoid waste. The latter often creates waste as an integral part of its production process in the hope that a portion of it may eventually be recycled. Both economic models depend on economies of scale, and the port helps companies concentrate large volumes of raw materials.
The Port of Amsterdam increasingly sees itself as a matchmaker capable of bringing together companies active in the bio-based economy. It currently leases space to Orgaworld, a biodiesel fuel producer, and to two other bioplastics companies: Plantics and Avantium. In the future, the port might even be interested in developing a project of its own, such as a biomass power plant.
To nurture still more new green technology companies, the port has just opened a new incubator known as Prodock that provides start-up companies in energy, biomaterials, and the circular economy with space to operate pilot plants. READ MORE and MORE (Biofuels Digest)