We can speak about the bioeconomy, circular economy and circular bioeconomy, but do we know what the difference is between these concepts?
The term bioeconomy was introduced by Nicholas Georgescu Roegen in his book «The Law of Entropy and the Economic Process» in which he put economic development into the energy flow of the biosphere, proposing economic development as an extension of biological evolution.
The circular economy is a concept included in the framework of sustainable development which aims at producing goods and services while reducing consumption, waste, water and energy sources, «closing» the life cycle of any product.
The circular Bioeconomy is the integration of the bioeconomy and the circular economy, with sustainability in the use of resources being key. An essential combination since together they are more powerful in achieving social, economic and environmental objectives.
In recent years various manifestos have stressed the need to integrate the bioeconomy into all areas. The European Commission stated this in its «Europe 2020 Communication». A strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth»; Spain by publishing its «Spanish Strategy for Bioeconomy 2030 Outlook» (Estrategia Española de Bioeconomía Horizonte 2030) or even Andalusia, proposing an «Andalusian Bioeconomy Strategy» (Estrategia Andaluza de Bioeconomía). All present a defined line of action for contributing to the development of global importance, responding to global challenges.
Grupo La Caña Trends
At Grupo La Caña we develop projects aimed at more sustainable and circular production based on the use of raw materials, taking advantage of co/by-products from our business activity and caring for and conserving the environment.
The result of this effort is Biorefina, using of vegetable remains from the company’s activity to produce biogas, liquid biofertiliser and a solid amendment that composts; Reinwaste where we act as validators of the innovative solutions for inorganic residue at an agricultural level; Irrigation efficiency in where we study how to reduce the consumption of water and fertilisers to the greatest extent possible, or Aguacavalue that investigates a second life for the non-commercial avocados produced in our business activity and to obtain high added-value products such as animal feed and cosmetics. In addition, via Project Bloom we are part of the Andalusian bioeconomy cluster, which seeks to bring the bioeconomy closer to society as a whole, in addition to other objectives.