AgroForest biomass and circular bioeconomy: case studies

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The agroforest sector plays a leading role as a biomass supplier to obtain bio-based products that allowed an acceleration in the circular bioeconomy transition. This chapter applied a mixed-methods review to identify new attractive bio-based products and to evaluate its market potential in Portugal. Forest biomass was identified as an excellent raw material for (1) low-carbon building materials, (2) biotextiles, and (3) bioplastics. The potential of agro-food waste to obtain new bio-based materials was also emphasised. The new bioproducts identified have high potential and attractive markets. It was estimated that a 5% market share of these bioproducts in the global construction, textiles, and plastics markets in 2030 corresponds to an aggregate increase in revenues of 260-579 million € per year in Portugal. The environmental sustainability implications arising from the diffusion of these new biomaterials are also highlighted, focusing on the decarbonisation of the economy
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMapping, managing, and crafting sustainable business strategies for the circular economy
EditorsSusana Serrano Rodrigues, Paulo Jorge Almeida, Nuno Miguel Castaheira Almeida
PublisherIGI Global Publishing
Number of pages45
ISBN (Print)9781522598855
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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