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main concept behind the network
Main concept behind the Network
  • Go towards organic waste utilization instead of organic waste production by producing more valuable concentrated products from waste closer to their generation site using feedstock agnostic technologies.

2nd generation FSCW re-use


Objectives of the BIS Network

Develop the valorisation of FSCW as an alternative carbon source for identified higher value bio-derived chemicals, material and/or fuel products

  • overcome technological barriers,
  • go beyond 1st generation organic waste reuse and recycling (e.g. feed, composting, anaerobic digestion)
  • Form a multidisciplinary scientific community
  • Strengthening cooperation between academia and industry
fscw volumes available in california
FSCW volumes available in California
  • Agricultural waste: 46 MT/y
  • Grape pomace: 122,000 T/y
  • Vegetable crop residues: 1,000,000 T/y
  • Tomato pomace: 60,000 T/y
  • Nut shells & pits (i.e. olive): 400,000 T/y
  • Rice Hulls & cotton residue (grain & fibre processing): 450,000 T/ y
  • Meat processing waste: 65,000 T/y
  • Food scraps in MSW: 1.6-2 MT/y
potential of food supply chain waste
Potential of food supply chain waste

activated carbon


cellulose nanocrystals





Clean Synthesis







amino acids



Food supply

chain residues

Benign extraction






natural chelants


PVC replacement materials





bacterial cellulose

chemical monomers


lubricant fuel additives

the bis principles
The BIS principles
  • Think of Waste as a Resource!

We need renewable alternatives to oil-derived feedstocks

  • Value WasteStop one-way uses of waste, process by-products and residues by switching to waste valorising strategies instead of waste management strategies.
  • Consider closed-loop manufacturing

Aim to improve resource efficiency by using concepts such as industrial symbiosis to reduce consumption of virgin resources.

the bis principles continued
The BIS principles (continued)
  • Target Process Cost-effectiveness.

Aim for maximum cost efficiency for a given process by using waste as a feedstock for the production of marketable high-value bio-chemicals, bio-fuels and bio-materials from waste.

  • Favour Clean and Green Technologies

Aim to produce goods without hazardous inputs or impacts on our environment.

why should you join
Why should you join?
  • The BIS network helps create new partnerships that are in a strong position to apply for funding for future international calls
  • Current membership academics and industrialists from 15 countries worldwide
  • Won the International Seedcorn Award awarded by the University of York
  • New E.U. COST Action (mobility support for E.U. or non E.U. BIS members).
cost action
COST Action
  • Intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science & Technology
  • Collaboration with American academics ok
  • Precursor of advanced multidisciplinary research
  • Building capacity by connecting high-quality scientific communities throughout Europe and worldwide
  • Increasing the impact of research on policy makers, regulatory bodies and national decision makers as well as the private sector
organisation of the bis network
Organisation of the BIS Network

Coordination & Organisation

Task force to prioritise waste sources



Pre-treatment & extraction


Chemical processing



WG4. Technical & Sustainability Assessment/Policy Analysis

WG4. Technical & Sustainability Assessment/Policy Analysis

Demonstration of most promising outputs on larger scale



the new opec
The New OPEC

31.2 million T/y of citrus fruits are processed globally yielding

15.6 million T of citrus peel waste

Integrated microwave biorefinery

50% waste

50% juice

  • This project has captured the attention of:
  • various industries (i.e. food, HPC),
  • several media (BBC, national newspapers, ACS) &
  • has been selected by the Ellen McArthur Foundation to serve as educational material for teenagers.
thank you for coming
Thank you for coming!

Stop wasting opportunities!

Join the BIS Network, it’s free!


We welcome any opportunity to discuss potential collaboration ideas

main contacts
Main contacts
  • Core Team Network Coordinators
    • Lucie Pfaltzgraff : lap503@york.ac.uk
    • Louise Summerton: louise.summerton@york.ac.uk
    • Prof. James Clark: james.clark@york.ac.uk
  • Management Team
    • Katy Holiday: katy.holiday@york.ac.uk