The methodological framework and the approaches of REINWASTE Project were presented at the National Congress of the Environment (Conama Local Toledo 2019, Spain). This biannual event has been held since 1992 and at this time it has become a reference event in the professional world related to sustainability in Spain, with more than 800 attendees in its latest edition. This new edition of Conama Local Toledo 2019, which was held from 2 to 4 April 2019 in Toledo (Spain), has placed a special focus on the challenges of global interest such as climate change and the circular economy and the UN Global Agenda 2030.

Bioeconomy is an opportunity to dynamize the rural world, as it is a key economic activity, using on numerous occasions by-products or residues of biological origin for their reintroduction into the agri-food value chain.

The use of these primary products is being increasingly valued, with numerous entities and projects revolving around them, offering employment and business opportunities in rural areas and the agri-food sector.

It is not only entrepreneurship, but many regions have designed strategies and initiatives in bioeconomy. This is of interest, as the administrations themselves are key to implementing new production models.

In this context, in a plenary session organized at the national environmental congress in Spain, the approaches of the REINWASTE Projects (Waste prevention/ Zero Waste; advice and support to limit the production of inorganic waste by companies; and international technology transfer and open innovation) were presented through a communication entitled: Towards zero inorganic residues in the agrifood value chain: The REINWASTE Project.

Several entities and projects have also participated in this session that have bet on the improvement of productive processes based on bioeconomy, thus reducing waste and increase sustainability and competitiveness.

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