WHAT IS THE BIOECONOMY?

The bioeconomy includes all biomass production and processing activities. They can be of agricultural, forestry or marine origin, and destined for food production (for humans or for animal feed), bio-based chemistry, bio-based materials or energy.

The bioeconomy offers many opportunities to address the major environmental, societal and economic challenges of tomorrow.

The bioeconomy encourages us to manage and use land and natural resources sustainably, ensuring food security while promoting complementary biomass uses.

The bioeconomy reduces our dependency on resources (both fossil and renewable) and helps combat climate change.

The bioeconomy creates growth and job opportunities. It also helps strengthen France’s competitiveness by revitalising rural areas.

BIOREFINERIES

One of the cornerstones of the bioeconomy are locally-oriented biorefineries which use local biomass as a raw material, transforming every part of the biomass into value added compounds for both food and industrial applications.

MARKETS

The bioeconomy supports very diverse markets such as food and feed, materials, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, transport, energy…

IAR, THE BIOECONOMY CLUSTER

IAR is the leading Bioeconomy Cluster, recognised across Europe and internationally. Gathering key players in the bioeconomy, the Cluster is built around a circular, efficient and resilient bioeconomy model, which aims to reduce inputs at all levels through the optimisation of resources and their use in successive cycles. IAR supports a model where agriculture and industry are closely linked, and where food and industrial uses of biomass resources coexist and complement each other. The IAR Cluster’s vision of the bioeconomy is firmly rooted in local regions and contributes to the development of economic value and jobs, by adding value to local resources and developing innovative and effective solutions to meet the needs of consumers.

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