Towards a carbon-negative sustainable bio-based economy

Vanholme, Bartel, Desmet, Tom, Ronsse, Frederik, Rabaey, Korneel, Van Breusegem, Frank, De Mey, Marjan, Soetaert, Wim and Boerjan, Wout (2013) Towards a carbon-negative sustainable bio-based economy. Frontiers in Plant Science, 4 JUN: . doi:10.3389/fpls.2013.00174

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Author Vanholme, Bartel
Desmet, Tom
Ronsse, Frederik
Rabaey, Korneel
Van Breusegem, Frank
De Mey, Marjan
Soetaert, Wim
Boerjan, Wout
Title Towards a carbon-negative sustainable bio-based economy
Journal name Frontiers in Plant Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1664-462X
Publication date 2013-06-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.3389/fpls.2013.00174
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 4
Issue JUN
Total pages 17
Place of publication Lausanne, Switzerland
Publisher Frontiers Research Foundation
Language eng
Abstract The bio-based economy relies on sustainable, plant-derived resources for fuels, chemicals, materials, food and feed rather than on the evanescent usage of fossil resources. The cornerstone of this economy is the biorefinery, in which renewable resources are intelligently converted to a plethora of products, maximizing the valorization of the feedstocks. Innovation is a prerequisite to move a fossil-based economy toward sustainable alternatives, and the viability of the bio-based economy depends on the integration between plant (green) and industrial (white) biotechnology. Green biotechnology deals with primary production through the improvement of biomass crops, while white biotechnology deals with the conversion of biomass into products and energy. Waste streams are minimized during these processes or partly converted to biogas, which can be used to power the processing pipeline. The sustainability of this economy is guaranteed by a third technology pillar that uses thermochemical conversion to valorize waste streams and fix residual carbon as biochar in the soil, hence creating a carbon-negative cycle. These three different multidisciplinary pillars interact through the value chain of the bio-based economy.
Keyword Biomass
Anaerobic digestion
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article number 174.

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