Author: Louis Ferrini

The European Bioeconomy Network (EUBioNet) is a proactive alliance of EU funded projects dealing with Bioeconomy promotion, communication and support. The main goal is to maximise the efforts, increasing the knowledge sharing, networking, mutual learning, coordination of joint activities and events. The European Bioeconomy Network will work in close collaboration with the European Commission, to ensure that the objectives identified by the Bioeconomy Strategy update will be properly communicated, addressed and implemented.
BIOBEC project

BIOBEC project

This project ends on: 29/02/2024

Preparing the creation of Bio-Based Education Centres to meet industry needs and boost the contribution of the bioeconomy to societal challenges

Unlocking the full potential of the bioeconomy and its value chains requires a systematic and collaborative perspective for) the development of new skills, educational approaches and organisational solutions to provide education and training services.
The aim of the BIObec project is to develop a holistic framework for multi-level Bio-Based Education Centers (BBEC) flexible enough to answer the present and future needs of the industry and of the surrounding ecosystem at local, regional, national and/or international levels.
The project will design 6 BBEC pilots assuring a wide geographical coverage in Europe and addressing different topics linked to the variety of value chains and institutional contexts (vocational to university level, primary producers, processors, SMEs to MNCs).
BIOBEC will clarify the needs of the different regional ecosystems and will provide detailed design, economic and financial assessment, governance plans for the educational training centres, as well as plans for life-long-learning programmes. It will also develop collaborative tools to maximize the synergies between them at the European and international level.
The project will mobilise a network of 19 partners, which are leaders in Bioeconomy Education from different perspectives (ranging from academia to industry) together with a wide network of Implementation and Replication Working Groups and local stakeholders based in the EU. This network will pave the way for implementation and replication of the BBEC, in order to boost the contribution of the education sector for the development of the bioeconomy.

Contacts:

Davide Viaggi: davide.viaggi@unibo.it

Founding source: BIOBEC is cofounded by H2020-EU.2.1.4. H2020-EU.3.2. H2020-EU.3.2.6.

WeReLaNa project

WeReLaNa project

This project ends on: 31/12/2021

Value creation networks for the use of residues in and from agriculture and the food industry as an innovation engine for the bioeconomy

Project Objective

The overarching goal of the “WeReLaNa” project is to open up innovation spaces for the use of residues from agriculture and the food industry – initially in the project region of Upper Franconia, but taking into account transfer potentials for the whole of Bavaria – as well as the networking of stakeholders along the relevant value chains or networks.

In keeping with the cross-sectoral character of the bioeconomy, the three project partners Chemie-Cluster Bayern, Cluster Ernährung and Umweltcluster Bayern bundle their knowledge and address a concrete, cross-cluster innovation topic. Through the exchange of know-how from the recycling and chemical industries to agriculture and the food industry, companies are sensitized to the topic of bioeconomy and bio-based business models and processes. The involvement of cluster members and other stakeholders is intended to contribute to the emergence of new, cross-industry value creation networks. A constant exchange with other Bavarian networks, committees, institutes and research institutions also plays an important role here.

The basis for networking and tapping innovation potential is the creation of an information and data basis. In addition, “meeting opportunities” are to be created for actors in this area, in which innovations are initiated, new business areas are opened up and the relations between Bavarian business and science are strengthened through the transfer of technology and know-how in Bavaria as an innovation location or new cooperations are initiated.

Furthermore, the project pursues the goal of raising awareness of the topic of bioeconomy across industries with a specific focus on residues with special consideration of sustainability aspects. Thus, the project not only contributes significantly to the implementation of the Bavarian bioeconomy strategy, but also contributes to the achievement of the Bavarian climate goals by identifying circular potentials (e.g. in the field of resource conservation or energy generation).

Activities

Mapping of material flows of biogenic residues and actors

At the beginning of the project, an overview of relevant residues and actors in Bavaria, especially in the area of Upper Franconia, is to be gained on the basis of existing tools and platforms – as a basis for the selection of best practices and to create networking potential.

Best Practices

One focus of the project is therefore on the identification of best practices that recycle residual materials particularly efficiently and ecologically advantageously, i.e. on approaches that focus on the up- or recycling of residual materials and take into account the criteria of sustainability and recyclability. By pointing out concrete innovation and savings potentials as well as new, cross-industry business models, the Bavarian agriculture and food industry is strengthened.

The aim is to network relevant actors with each other and thus to initiate cross-industry innovation projects and to accompany these and potential follow-up projects.

Evaluation of the digital commodity exchange

In the cross-cluster project, the Digital Raw Materials Exchange* for sustainable raw materials will be evaluated with regard to resource-conserving value creation networks during the project period and the possibilities and limits of this online tool for the intersectoral use and generation of new, cross-industry value chains will be evaluated.

*The Digital Commodity Exchange was developed by the Competence Center for Nutrition and the Research Institute of the Free State of Bavaria for software-intensive systems and services and funded by the Bavarian State Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry.

Contacts:

Marco Geiger, M.Sc.: marco.geiger@umweltcluster.net

Founding source:

WeReLaNa is cofounded by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy.

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HOOP project

HOOP project

This project ends on: 30/09/2024

HOOP: Hub of circular cities boosting platform to foster investments for the valorisation of urban biowaste and wastewater

The HOOP project supports 8 lighthouse cities and regions in developing large-scale urban circular bioeconomy initiatives that will focus on making bio-based products from urban biowaste and wastewater. Specifically, HOOP will provide Project Development Assistance (PDA) to Albano-Laziale (Italy), Almere (The Netherlands), Bergen (Norway), Kuopio (Finland), Münster (Germany), Murcia (Spain), Greater Porto (Portugal), and Western Macedonia (Greece).

The HOOP Urban Circular Bioeconomy Hub will create an online platform to foster knowledge exchange and replication in cities and regions across Europe.

Contacts:

Coordination
Gemma Castejón, CETENMA: gemma.castejon@cetenma.es

Martín Soriano, CETENMA: martin.soriano@cetenma.es

Communication
James Ling, Greenovate! Europe: j.ling@greenovate-europe.eu

Founding source: Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme

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Biovalley Finland project

Biovalley Finland project

This project ends on: 31/05/2022

Biovalley Finland consolidates and integrates diverse primary production, industrial applications and high-quality wide-ranging expertise in order to create common prosperity.

Biovalley is a region of strong expertise in the natural resource sector and bioeconomy in the Kalajokilaakso, Lestijokilaakso, and Perhonjokilaakso river valley areas as well as in the sub-region areas of Kokkola and Pietarsaari. The region lives strongly and diversely from the bioeconomy.

In addition to agriculture and forestry, there is strong natural resource sector business activity in food industry, wood processing industry, building carpentry industry, bioenergy and in the manufacture of equipment, as well as in chemical industry. The diverse business activities are supported by research- and development organizations and educational organizations, which provide companies with the latest research information and skilled personnel.

Contacts:

Jouni Kaipainen PhD, Senior Researcher, University of Jyväskylä: jouni.p.kaipainen@jyu.fi

Founding source: ERDF European Regional Development Fund, React-EU (2014-2023) (Funding programs)

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UNLOCK project

UNLOCK project

This project ends on: 30/04/2025

Unlock: Unlocking a feather bioeconomy for keratin-based agricultural products

As Europe continues on its trajectory to a circular bio economy, much of the work in achieving this will lie in identifying and developing new or more efficient value chains from existing waste streams. One such waste stream is in the poultry sector, where more than 15 million tonnes of meat are produced annually. While much of the waste here is already valorised, the vast quantity of feathers produced are unexploited. Currently, only around 25% of feather waste is collected; what is gathered is frequently used for meal and fertiliser applications, which are seen as mid- to low-value applications, with low margins to match.

However, feathers are made up of nearly 90% keratin, a valuable protein that can provide a resource for biodegradable materials, including bioplastics, with applications in agriculture. The UNLOCK project seeks to demonstrate how to release the value inherent in this waste stream, by developing smart logistic strategies and efficient feather biorefineries based on steam and pressure hydrolysis -. Ultimately, this will help to establish a feather-based bioeconomy that can generate innovative bio-based functional materials for agricultural applications.

By overcoming many of the existing difficulties in collecting and processing feathers obtained from slaughterhouses, the UNLOCK project aims to position this waste chain from feathers as a source of raw material for keratin for use in agriculture. It will find applications in products such as forest and seed trays, nonwoven geotextiles, hydroponic foams and mulch films. The advantages of these materials include biodegradation aligned to the duration of crops, the capacity to add nitrogen back to soils and generating zero waste at end-of-life.

Contacts:

Sarah Montes, Project Coordinator: smontes@cidetec.es

Capucine Pineau, Communication and Dissemination Manager: c.pineau@greenovate-europe.eu

Founding source: Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) under the EU Horizon 2020 programme

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Climate Neutral Future Depends on Sustainable Bioeconomies: High-Level Foresight Conference on Positioning Sustainable and Circular Bioeconomies in Central and Eastern Europe to Achieve Climate Neutrality by 2050

Climate Neutral Future Depends on Sustainable Bioeconomies: High-Level Foresight Conference on Positioning Sustainable and Circular Bioeconomies in Central and Eastern Europe to Achieve Climate Neutrality by 2050

The conference aims to present the BIOEAST Foresight Report, to internalize the foresight experts’ recommendations, to debate about priority issues, policy support, and possible pathways, which were also elaborated during the Mutual Learning Exercise in the framework of the Bioeconomy Policy Support Facility. The objective is to raise awareness of the role of research, innovation, and education linked with primary production and processing in the bioeconomy.

The conference will be organised as a hybrid event (physically and online) on 27 September 2021 in Ljubljana.

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Conference Programme

From date
2021-09-27
To date
2021-08-27
Belém, Brazil is ready to host the World BioEconomy Forum 2021!

Belém, Brazil is ready to host the World BioEconomy Forum 2021!

Founder of the World BioEconomy Forum, Jukka Kantola, recently returned from a visit to Belém and São Paulo, Brazil. Preparations have been progressing well and the State of Pará and its capital Belém is ready to host the Forum 2021, 18 – 20 October. The event will highlight the importance of the circular bioeconomy in the fight against climate change.

Kantola commented on his visit to Belém to view the facilities and meet the organising team: “It was a great visit to Brazil last week. I enjoyed every moment, and I am very pleased to see that Belém is ready to host the Forum 2021. I made the journey from Finland to Brazil and back without any problems at all.”

“We just need to start living again – people are made to see each other. If you can be disciplined at home, you can be disciplined wherever you are in the world – respecting authorities’ instructions and taking care of personal protection, for instance wearing masks and keeping social distance. Belém is not only the gateway to the Amazon, but during the Forum it will be the gateway to the circular bioeconomy.”

Organization of the event is well under way, with the pandemic in the region well under control, according to the Pará State health authorities. The Forum is expecting a good number of international speakers and delegates at the event, as well as a wide representation of circular bioeconomy stakeholders from Brazil and the rest of Latin America.

“We are committed and delighted to be hosting the World BioEconomy Forum in the capital of our state,” says José Mauro de Lima O’ de Almeida, Estate Secretary of Environment and Sustainability.

“But it is important to highlight the bioeconomy that we want, because bioeconomy is not a closed concept. In Brazil, bioeconomy is discussed a lot as if it were the use of natural resources for applications such as ethanol. However, we want to talk more broadly at this Forum.  We intend to shed light on the bioeconomy of the forest, of forest products and of our vocations linked to the forest, such as the fruits, roots, stems and trees that are used for forest restoration. By encouraging these forest products, which we already cultivate, increasing production capacity, also with the incorporation of technology, we understand that we have changed the key to Pará’s economy based on the bioeconomy.”

“There is no doubt that the bioeconomy in Brazil and throughout Latin America will be seen in a completely different light after this event in Belém,” emphasizes the state secretary.

To coincide with the event, the Pará State has launched Bioeconomy Week, which will take place a week before the Forum and will feature side events and educational platforms relating to the circular bioeconomy in the region. The state has also launched a specially designed World BioEconomy Forum logo for the 2021 event, emphasizing local elements of its bioeconomy.

From date
2021-10-18
To date
2021-10-20
Pitch Perfect and Boost the European Bioeconomy 2021

Pitch Perfect and Boost the European Bioeconomy 2021

A one day physical event of intense cross-border pitching, matchmaking and networking in the heart of Europe

28 September 2021, 10 am – 5 pm
Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel

This pitching, matchmaking and networking event brings together the networks of six important bioeconomy platforms: Pilots4U, Tech4Biowaste, BioeconomyVentures, Smartbox, Waste2Func and Bio Base Connect.

As such, we can guarantee a diverse attendancereaching from investors, SMEs, start-ups, about-to-be start-ups, scale-ups, large companies, research organisations, technology providers to organisations offering relevant innovation services such as access to finance, scale-up trials, application testing, business plan writing, feedstock analysis, life cycle assessment, social acceptance, etc.

Participants are invited to submit a pitch application for a 6 minutes pitch. As we are organising 6 pitch sessions of 90 minutes each, we are looking for at least 66 inspiring pitches. Not to exclude any interesting developments, pitch categories are not defined upon registration but should be relevant for further development of the bioeconomy.

The matchmaking are one-on-one meetings of 15 minutes aimed at finding new partners. The scheduling of these meetings will be supported by an online matchmaking system, easy to use on a smartphone or laptop.

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From date
2021-09-28
To date
2021-09-28
Preserve project

Preserve project

This project ends on: 31/12/2024

Preserve: High performance sustainable bio-based packaging with tailored end of life and upcycled secondary use

Bio-based plastics, made in whole or partially from renewable biological resources, are mostly used in packaging applications. Growing concerns around single-use packaging waste is putting pressure on companies to improve the sustainability of their packaging. In this context, the EU-funded PRESERVE project will boost the circular use of bio-based packaging. Specifically, it will work to enhance the performance of primary food packaging. It will leverage the compounding of enzymes in bioplastics to stimulate biodegradation. The entire process that is required to produce at least 10 packaging demonstrators will be upscaled. Project results will benefit Europe’s plastic packaging market by creating jobs and growth.

Contacts:

Aldo Ramirez Reyes – IRIS (Coordinator) aramirez@iris-eng.com
Mara Menella – Kneia (WP Leader Communication and Dissemination) mara@kneia.com
Christian Schulz – European Bioplastics (Dissemination Manager) schulz@european-bioplastics.org
Natalia Grzomba – Crowdhelix (Clustering Lead) natalia.grzomba@crowdhelix.com

Founding source: Horizon2020

 

LIFE EBP project

LIFE EBP project

This project ends on: 30/09/2024

LIFE EBP (Ecofriendly multipurpose Biobased Products from municipal biowaste) addresses environmental problems in municipal biowaste (MBW) management, agriculture and chemical industry by proving feasible production and use of new biobased products (BPs) obtained from MBW.

Contacts: Piergiuseppe Morone piergiuseppe.morone@unitelmasapienza.it

Founding source: LIFE Programme of the European Union