Making sugar from municipal waste
Sugar is one of the most essential raw materials, cultivated mainly for food and feed, but also for the manufacture of industrial chemicals and biofuels. Nearly 80 % of sugar production globally is from sugarcane, with the rest coming from sugar beet. This means the supply chain relies on crops with a high environmental and social impact, and is subject to supply and cost fluctuations. Second-generation sugars can help reverse this trend. Despite some limitations (high dilution and low purity), these second-generation sugars are available from sources like municipal solid waste (MSW). The VAMOS project will showcase the feasibility of producing and valorising these second-generation sugars. It will create a number of new value chains by using the sugar for the production of a range of bio-based products for non-food applications.
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