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Utilisation of Production Residues in the Food-Processing Sector in Western Balkans

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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “Bank”) launched the Sustainable Resource Initiative (“SRI”) in 2013 as resource efficiency has risen as a global priority due to the rapid growth in resource demand, rising and increasingly volatile resource prices, and growing environmental concerns. One of the SRI objectives is to support investments for the reduction of wastes in transformation processes, through modernisation of production systems, reuse of waste streams by capturing the commercial value of waste materials, recycling and using materials with lower environmental footprint. The agribusiness industry is particularly relevant in this context as it generates a number of potentially-valuable residues and it has already developed different approaches and technologies for reusing waste streams.

Assignment Description:

The EBRD intends to engage a consultancy firm (the “Consultant”) to conduct a study that will be aimed to identify the potential for investments in food and beverage manufacturing industry in Western Balkans (the “Assignment”). The selected Consultant is expected to provide the following services:

  • Reviewing the type and volume of the major residues generated in the food-processing sectors, their current prevailing uses and the relevant commercial and regulatory drivers in place in the region;
  • Analysing all the most significant possible uses of the residues beyond those currently in place, such as conversion into biofuels, production of insulation materials, or fertilizers before/after anaerobic digestion, or bio-plastics, or other intermediate products suitable for use as feedstock in other sectors and carry out;
  • Develop some case studies related to selected food and beverage Companies operating in the region.

Deadline for proposals: 21 October

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Please contact if you are interested in bidding.


Author: Michael Daw

When working for Manchester Met University, I'm responsible for facilitating strategic relationships with businesses and other external organisations. When doing Transition New Mills, I'm on the Steering Committee and facilitating the Energy Action Group.

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