Exploring Bioeconomy Opportunities in Denmark
The Bioboost team recently had the opportunity to participate in a technical mission to Denmark, an experience that proved to be a source of inspiration and learning. Organized by ACCIÓ, the Diputació de Lleida, and the Chamber of Commerce of Lleida in collaboration with BioHub Cat, the mission aimed to explore the ecosystem of valorization of agricultural, livestock, and agro-industrial by-products, with the intention of replicating successful practices in Catalonia. Here, we summarize the key stages of the mission:
The first stop was at Food Nation Denmark, a non-profit public-private association providing vital information about Danish agriculture and the food sector. Serving as a gateway for international businesses, this entity plays an essential role in fostering collaboration among farmers, academia, industry, government, and consumers to achieve the ambitious goal of climate neutrality by 2050.
The second stop was at Biogas Denmark, an organization encompassing the entire biogas value chain, from production to the use of this renewable and sustainable resource. Its mission addresses environmental challenges related to organic waste.
The third stop took us to the Danish Technological Institute (DTI), a research and development center dedicated to promoting the application of advanced technologies for sustainable development and the circular economy.
The second day was marked by a visit to The Confederation of Danish Industry (DI), Denmark’s largest business organization, working to improve business regulation locally and internationally. DI Bio, established by DI, focuses on promoting biotechnology and circular economy-based solutions.
The second stop was at ARGO, a waste management company transforming waste into resources and promoting the circular economy. We learned about their collaborations with industrial companies and their strategies for managing biological waste.
The third stop was at Gemidan A/S, a company dedicated to resource recovery and promoting a circular economy through organic waste management.
The third day began with a visit to Nature Energy, a leading company in biogas production from food waste and manure. Nature Energy significantly contributes to reducing CO2 emissions and promotes the use of green gas in the transportation sector.
The second stop was at Agro Food Park, a business ecosystem dedicated to the agricultural and food sector, fostering innovation and collaboration between companies and knowledge institutions.
The third stop was at AU Foulum, part of Aarhus University, a research center addressing broad areas related to food and agriculture.
On the final day, we had the opportunity to visit GreenLab Skive Biogas, a circular energy park promoting the transition to a more sustainable economy through energy symbiosis. GreenLab is also a national research center for green energy.
With this visit, Bioboost’s mission to Denmark concluded successfully. This week full of inspiration, learning, and knowledge exchange has provided new perspectives and ideas for bioeconomy initiatives in Catalonia. We extend our gratitude to all participants and the Danish hosts for making this experience possible.