Guidance on cascading use of biomass with selected good practice examples on woody biomass
The Circular Economy Action Plan adopted in 2015 aims to turn Europe’s economy into a more sustainable economy, boosting Europe’s global competitiveness, promoting sustainable economic growth and generating new jobs. The actions in the plan seek to close the life-cycle loop of products and materials by keeping their value in the economy as long as possible, minimising the generation of waste and maximising recycling and reuse, i.e. 'circularity'. This benefits both the environment and the economy. This guidance on cascading use of woody biomass addresses the circular economy commitment to... 'promote efficient use of bio-based resources through dissemination of best practices on the cascading use of biomass and support for innovation in the bio-economy'. Non-binding, this guidance explains cascading and provides some principles and practices to inspire stakeholders when applying cascading. The practices presented in this document come from a range of stakeholders, EU research projects, studies and other sources. Although a large knowledge base on cascading is available, work on this guidance has brought to light some gaps in research.