The Scottish Bioresource Mapping Tool is a pioneering approach to developing value chains in the bio- and circular economies. The Tool maps raw material and bioresource arisings across Scotland down to the local authority level, which allows us to provide companies, investors, and stakeholders uniquely detailed insights and visuals related to the >27 million tonnes of bioresources arising in Scotland every year.

The Bioresource Mapping Tool is the result of analysis undertaken in preparation of the Biorefining Potential for Scotland Report by Zero Waste Scotland; it compiles and models data from four key material groupings:

• Waste streams (municipal solid wastes, commercial and industrial wastes)
• Food & drink production by-products
• Agricultural residues
• Waste waters and sludges

In addition, modelling allows for understanding not only of material arisings, but bioresource arisings for resources critical to biorefining, including carbohydrates, proteins, fats, metals, etc.

Enquires related to streams not contained the above are also welcomed, as additional datasets and bioresources will be integrated into the Tool in the future.
Enquires should be made via email at in the first instance, and should specify the requestor’s name, organisation, email address, and a brief description (<100 words) detailing the nature of the enquiry.

The IBioIC team will follow up, provide consult, and ensure that information requests are handled in a timely manner.

Data sources:

[a] Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA)
[b] Zero Waste Scotland Whisky, Beer & Fish Sector Study, 5th Quarter Blood Report, other misc. reports
[c] Scottish Government Agricultural Census, Scotland’s Rural College consultants
[d] Scottish Water