Protecting and drawing inspiration from biodiversity is the promise of a sustainable transition to a circular economy. Aware of this major challenge, SUEZ interviewed Kalina Raskin-Delisle, Managing Director of the European Centre of Excellence in Biomimicry in Senlis (CEEBIOS).
Towards bio-inspired industry: the potential, trends and opportunities
Benefiting from four billion years of R&D and calling on a reservoir of millions of ideas: This is what bio-inspiration does. An approach that can be described as the development of innovations combining the disciplines of biology and technology, based on natural biological structures, functions, processes and systems that have been optimised by evolution.
The mechanisms of this evolution of species include natural selection, which has forced organisms to solve the problems of nutrition, movement and reproduction in ecological systems capable of surviving in dynamic environments. According to recent estimates, 90% of the 10 million eukaryotic1 species on Earth still remain to be described, despite 250 years of work on taxonomic classification and more than 1.5 million species that have already been listed. A rich reservoir that can be observed in order to find a methodology that responds to the current needs of mankind and the planet.