BLOOM - Boosting European Citizens’ Knowledge and Awareness of Bio-Economy Research and Innovation
BLOOM is a European Horizon 2020 funded project which involves 12 partners from 8 European countries and runs from 2017-2020. The project is coordinated by the Centre for Social Innovation, ZSI, in Vienna.
Through five regional hubs, each focusing on different fields of bioeconomy, the project will raise awareness and enhance knowledge on the bioeconomy amongst European citizens. An economy based on biomass promises to foster a circular economy and to enhance climate change mitigation, while reducing dependence on fossil fuels. Bioeconomy covers a broad range of sectors, from the agro-food industry and fisheries to bio energies, biorefineries and biochemicals. Despite the technological potentials and the proven applications, it has yet to enter into the public awareness as promising solutions to societal challenges.
As communication and dissemination partner of BLOOM, GEN Europe will be spreading the word about the bioeconomy, its potential and challenges. We believe that moving towards a more regenerative and circular economic system is a necessary step, and want to contribute to the debate on the potential of the bioeconomy by bringing in the topic of sustainable living. Many ecovillage practises can serve as examples of a local, small scale implementation of bioeconomy, e.g. using natural building materials, biogas production and circular systems design in permaculture.