POWER4BIO aims at supporting regions to set up new or updated bioeconomy strategies. One key element of the overall project has been the policy alignment and analysis so as to maximize the impact of bioeconomy in different related domains under the jurisdiction of the reginal authorities. One of the main pillars is the Common Agricultural Program (CAP). It is definitively a key priority for all the involved regions in the field of bioeconomy.

There are many links between the focus areas and indicators defined by the EU in connection with the CAP planning and the content of POWER4BIO deliverables. Especially in the Common monitoring and evaluation framework. For example, in the following domains:

  • agricultural entrepreneurial income
  • Improving competitiveness of primary producers by better integrating them into the agri-food chain through quality schemes, adding value to agricultural products, promotion in local markets and short supply circuits
  • Facilitating the supply and use of renewable sources of energy, of by-products, wastes and residues and of other non- food raw material, for purposes of the bioeconomy
  • Fostering local development in rural areas
  • Facilitating diversification, creation and development of small enterprises, as well as job creation

Thus, we encourage to explore the resources related to the CAP developed by the POWER4BIO project below. To find out more:

Financial examples

POWER4BIO has thoroughly evaluate and promote a wide selection of financial instruments addressing circular economy/bioeconomy. Among the studied cases, there are two specific cases which could highlight the link between bioeconomy and CAP from the financial point of view:

Download the case study: Financial instruments for rural development 2014–2020 Occitanie/Pyrénées-Méditerranée, France.

Download the case study: Loans for rural development 2014-2020, Estonia.

For further information, you can find out more in the array of resources publicly available in the area of financial tools for bioeconomy as part of the Bioeconomy Strategy Accelerator Toolkit (BSAT), specifically, in the following URL:

Policy framework

Policy alignment is a mandatory practice in the bioeconomy field. Under the umbrella of the CAP, the links with other related on-going policies and incentives, is highly encouraged. As an example, within the Deliverable 4.1 (“An overview of suitable regional policies to support bio-based business models”), good policy 42: “Use of residues from olive oil industry as fertilisers” is strongly recommended for a close revision in case you are interested in the CAP in Southern Europe.

Download the good policy document here.

Rural biorefinery examples

The rurality aspects are of instrumental importance of the CAP. In the following report, you can be inspired by some examples characterised in POWER4BIO project, focusing on rural small scale best practice solutions, related to the CAP and potentially exploited in other regions due to its high potential of replicability.

Download the POWER4BIO deliverable: D3.4 Best practice examples

Moreover, when it comes to primary sector and local, among the solutions developed in the POWER4BIO catalogue of bioeconomy solutions the following cases may be interesting:

  • Bioconversion of organic side streams by black soldier fly – producing insects, lipid & protein for feed
  • Biogas production from cattle manure via anaerobic digestion
  • Biogas plant producing electrical energy from spent mushroom substrate and other agricultural and food industrial wastes
  • Biogas plant producing electrical energy from grass juice and food residues
  • Bio-Oil production via fast pyrolysis of wood chips
  • Extraction of native protein from green vegetables
  • Growing mushrooms on coffee residues
  • Heat and power production via cogeneration from wood chips and agricultural residues
  • Meadow grass silage biorefinery producing grass fibre enhanced plastic granulates and natural insulation material
  • Modular industrial insect breeding technology for mass production of protein
  • Oyster mushroom and oyster mushroom substrate production on cereal crop straw
  • Producing tableware and packaging material by converting agricultural residues into self-binding natural fibres through a mechanical process
  • Production of beer from unsold bread by alcoholic fermentation
  • Sustainable construction material made by using hemp hurds
  • Sustainable insulation and construction material made by using hemp hurds

Business models

The business models have been extensively assessed in POWER4BIO. The modelling process and assessing the different businesses based on the results of the modelling process is a bundle of supportive tools that can connect somehow the regional bioeconomy activities to the CAP. To this end, download the Canvas Model guideline used in the project.

Download the POWER4BIO Business Modelling Methodology.