A research challenge vision regarding management of agricultural waste in a circular bio-based economy

Nathalie Gontard*, Ulf Sonesson, Morten Birkved, Mauro Majone, David Bolzonella, Annamaria Celli, Hélène Angellier-Coussy, Guang Way Jang, Anne Verniquet, Jan Broeze, Burkhard Schaer, Ana Paula Batista, András Sebok

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Abstract

Agricultural waste is a huge pool of untapped biomass resources that may even represent economic and environmental burdens. They can be converted into bioenergy and bio-based products by cascading conversion processes, within circular economy, and should be considered residual resources. Major challenges are discussed from a transdisciplinary perspective, focused on Europe situation. Environmental and economic consequences of agricultural residue management chains are difficult to assess due to their complexity, seasonality and regionality. Designing multi-criteria decision support tools, applicable at an early-stage of research, is discussed. Improvement of Anaerobic Digestion (AD), one of the most mature conversion technologies, is discussed from a technological point of view and waste feedstock geographical and seasonal variations. Using agricultural residual resources for producing high-value chemicals is a considerable challenge analysed here, taking into account innovative eco-efficient and cost-effective cascading conversion processes (bio-refinery concept). Moreover, the promotion of agricultural residues-based business is discussed through industrial ecology, to promote synergy, on a local basis, between different agricultural and industrial value chains. Finally, to facilitate a holistic approach and optimise materials and knowledge flows management, the connection of stakeholders is discussed to promote cross-sectorial collaboration and resource exchange at appropriate geographic scales.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)614-654
JournalCritical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology
Volume48
Issue number6
Early online date24 Aug 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Agricultural wastes
resource
Economics
Anaerobic digestion
Ecology
industrial ecology
Feedstocks
holistic approach
bioenergy
Biomass
geographical variation
economics
seasonality
stakeholder
seasonal variation
agricultural waste
economy
Costs
Industry
biomass

Keywords

  • Agriculture
  • bio-based materials
  • biogas
  • circular economy
  • eco-design
  • waste

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Gontard, Nathalie ; Sonesson, Ulf ; Birkved, Morten ; Majone, Mauro ; Bolzonella, David ; Celli, Annamaria ; Angellier-Coussy, Hélène ; Jang, Guang Way ; Verniquet, Anne ; Broeze, Jan ; Schaer, Burkhard ; Batista, Ana Paula ; Sebok, András. / A research challenge vision regarding management of agricultural waste in a circular bio-based economy. In: Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology. 2018 ; Vol. 48, No. 6. pp. 614-654.
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A research challenge vision regarding management of agricultural waste in a circular bio-based economy. / Gontard, Nathalie; Sonesson, Ulf; Birkved, Morten; Majone, Mauro; Bolzonella, David; Celli, Annamaria; Angellier-Coussy, Hélène; Jang, Guang Way; Verniquet, Anne; Broeze, Jan; Schaer, Burkhard; Batista, Ana Paula; Sebok, András.

In: Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, Vol. 48, No. 6, 2018, p. 614-654.

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