Economic model based on the use of renewable biological resources from the land and sea to produce bioproducts and bioenergy.
A flourishing bioeconomy offers multiple benefits. It reduces dependence on fossil resources (which are limited and pollutant), uses local raw materials, thus curbing greenhouse gas emissions, promotes job creation, economic growth and re-industrialisation.
Andalusia has enormous potential due to the large amount of biomass generated by sectors such as agri-foodstuffs, which could be revalued to generate new products, but it is necessary to identify and coordinate regional capacities, in order to build value chains in bioeconomy and generate a bioproducts market.
CTA, strategic partner in bioeconomy
Technological Corporation of Andalusia (CTA) is a private foundation for the promotion of innovation and knowledge transfer. CTA helps other enterprises to achieve their R&D and innovation aims and transform the results into wealth. It also acts as a multi-sectoral innovation cluster.
From 2012 onwards, it has actively participated in several bioeconomy projects financed by the European Union (EU) aimed, among other topics, at accelerating value chains in the bioeconomy, developing new bioproducts, digitising biomass supply chains or promoting education in the sector.
Furthermore, CTA is a full member of the European Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC), a Brussels-based firm that represents the private sector within the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI-JU). Belonging to this consortium allows CTA to contribute to the European strategic bioeconomy agenda.
As a result of this activity, since 2020 CTA is part of the map of key actors in bioeconomy drawn up by the European Commission (EC). Specifically, CTA is acknowledged as one of the three flagship clusters in Spain.
Finally, CTA has participated in multilateral tenders and development cooperation projects related to the bioeconomy in Latin America. Amongst them, it has developed a portfolio of technologies for the revaluation of waste from family farming and has given several training workshops.
Related European projects
It supports the deployment of the bioeconomy in rural Africa through the development of value chains and bio-based solutions.
CTA will draft a catalogue of bio-based technologies adapted to the needs and the local context to promote the revaluation of waste or co-products.
It has developed and transferred to bioenergy companies an innovative NIR technology for the swift and economic analysis of the quality of indigenous biomass.
CTA oversaw the works package devoted to the transfer of NIR technology to SMEs.
This project aims to bridge the gap between the bio-based industry and the education system.
CTA will design a roadmap for the deployment of the project results and a knowledge transfer methodology to help establish Biologically Based Educational Centres in European regions.
This helps brand owners in the agriculture, chemical, forestry and food sectors transform their products into bio-based goods.
CTA is at the fore of the organisation of regional knowledge transfer workshops and B2B meetings with brand owners to provide them with a guide for their transition to the bioeconomy.
This project develops sustainable technologies to obtain functional ingredients for foodstuffs, chemicals and cosmetics from the effluents of corn, bioethanol and biodiesel bio-refineries.
CTA leads sustainability advice and standardisation. Alongside the foregoing, it coordinates the formation of business models and co-leads the scientific communication and dissemination of the project.
Overseen by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Sustainable Development of the Andalusian Regional Government, it has promoted the digitisation of biomass supply through the creation of a Digital Innovation Hub (DIH) in Andalusia.
The main role of CTA has been to involve stakeholders (SMEs, large companies, research centres, universities and business associations) in the Andalusian Digital Innovation Hub.
This body helps European SMEs in the bioeconomy sector to attract investment and will train European clusters to, in turn, advise SMEs to attract investors.
CTA will establish a capacity development and business support programme geared towards European clusters and SMEs to improve the attraction of investment from bi-economy SMEs.
This promoted the creation of innovative, cross-border and multi-sectoral industrial value chains in the bioeconomy sector.
CTA has coordinated the organisation of thematic conferences; the identification, evaluation and validation of new value chains; and the design of the communication plan to capitalise on the project’s results.
This promoted European bioeconomy education through the creation of new training programs and research activities in a growing sector.
CTA coordinated the development of promotional materials and the organisation of events at European level to attract students and the unemployed to the bioeconomy sector.