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Call for evidence on growing bioeconomy

A Parliamentary group is investigating whether organic waste and biogas produced by agriculture, industry and households could be captured to create a multi-million pound economy.

The inquiry by the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee will consider the role of early stage technologies, such as green chemistry and biotechnology, in releasing value from the sector.

Examples put forward by the committee include: using organic waste to produce plastics, detergents and fragrances, as well as green fuel for cars.

Questions posed by the inquiry are:

  • Should more be done to promote R&D?
  • Does the UK have a clear strategy for promoting the bioeconomy compared to other countries?
  • What measures are in place to support the commercialisation of the technogies needed for the bioeconomy?
  • How important is this technology in providing a viable alternative to sending waste to landfill?

Written evidence has to be received by 27 September 2013. The committee will hold public meetings to discuss the outcomes of its investigations from October, and a report is expected to follow in early 2014.

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