Overcoming Challenges in Establishing a European Bamboo Industry
Overcoming Challenges in Establishing a European Bamboo Industry

Overcoming Challenges in Establishing a European Bamboo Industry

Growing bamboo is one thing, establishing a whole bamboo sector is another thing. The key elements needed for a European bamboo revolution are on the table. The consumer is ready for bamboo. Europe is after China (in figures) the second bamboo market. In almost every household bamboo is present. Also the industry is enthusiastic with a demand for EU grown bamboo that exceeds the supply. What we are missing is well managed bamboo fields in Europe, efficient harvesting and the right product development. To accelerate the growth of an European bamboo sector points of focus are: facilitating regulations and non-dilutive government support, long-term investments & true pricing.

If governments really recognize bamboo as an interesting commodity in the transition towards biobased materials and as a powerful tool for climate action and nature restoration, than they should put their shoulders under this sector. Regulatory frames, subsidy programs, research & information, market facilitation etc. is urgently needed. A vibrant bamboo sector ensures revitalization of the EU agri sector and a boost for green business models; direct and indirect job creation and, supply stability.

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Overcoming Challenges in Establishing a European Bamboo Industry

Adapting harvesting to European standards needs, besides R&D, serious investments. Acquiring land for bamboo farms requires financing options or funds. Planting material is a serious investment. Carbon sequestration and storage has a production cost… One thing is clear without private investments or government support, it is impossible to build an European bamboo sector.

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Kjell Tahon, Co-owner of BambooLogic

In China, bamboo industry has been recognized as an effective way to develop rural economy, resource-saving and environment-friendly renewable biomass resources industry. In the last 2 years hundreds and thousands of new companies involved in bamboo are established. The fast growing India and underdog Africa embrace the many possibilities the global rising demand for bamboo brings. Europe can also play a role in bamboo farming & processing, but we should not wait any longer to get serious about it.

The Bamboologic team can fall back on experience in bamboo growing, field installation and harvesting since the 1980s. Pioneers like Jan Oprins and, also present on the Expo, Johan Gielis laid the foundation for bamboo in Europe in 1996 with the E.U. supported program “Bamboo for Europe”. With a proven model bamboo farming concept, Bamboologic wants to foresee local grown low-footprint bamboo for the European market.