Safe and sustainable bioeconomy (Safe BBE)
Biobased chemistry includes the manufacture of chemical products using enzymes, micro-organisms and synthetic biology, but also the production of chemicals from renewable resources such as biomass. RIVM is studying how biobased chemistry can contribute to a clean and safe environment and an improved public health. In our assessments we include the socio-economic aspects as well as the consequences for climate, food supply and biodiversity. RIVM’s integral approach allows stakeholders to make sound choices in this promising field.
Biogas is a renewable resource of energy. Biogas production and use implies reduced CO2-emissions, re-use of organic resources and a reduction of the amounts of waste materials. The waste of the biogas production, known as digestate, may contain contaminants, which may threaten soil quality when the digestate is used as fertilizer. RIVM contributes to a comprehensive evaluation of the environmental benefits and risks of biogas production.