Author: Michela Cohen - BIOVOICES project

BIOVOICES is a 36 months proposal aiming at engaging all relevant stakeholder groups “voices” (policy makers, researchers, the business community and the civil society) in order to address societal, environmental and economic challenges related to bio-based products and applications. The platform developed by BIOVOICES builds on the concept the concept of Mobilisation & Mutual Learning Platforms (MML) and methods developed previously in European projects with the ultimate objective of delivering an Action Plan addressing the challenges of raising awareness of and engaging with the citizens on the bio-based products. 1) Define a framework for MML by reviewing barriers and opportunities for the development of bio-based value chains, identifying stakeholders and expected benefits from mutual learning and mapping bio-based products based on stakeholders' interests. 2) Launch the BIOVOICES multi-stakeholders community and social platform to support and enable discussion, workshops, mobilization and mutual learning events. 4) Improve framework conditions for new bio-based market opportunities including action plans and processes, by involving in more than 50 co-creation events, at European, National and Regional level attracting at least 2.840 experts. 5) Transform the experience of the BIOVOICES community in Actionable Knowledge for the different stakeholders, publishing recommendations and policy briefs (at least four) to address the challenges related to bioeconomy. 6) Ensure that the BIOVOICES outcomes will have an impact on the different stakeholders, though and early impact, dissemination, communication and exploitation strategy. The BIOVOICES Consortium merges a variety of complementary expertise, aiming to build a consistent multi-actor approach integrating 13 partners from 10 EU Member States from Baltic Sea to the Mediterranean area to central and eastern European countries.
Bioeconomy and its trade-offs towards meeting the Paris Agreement and the SDGs

Bioeconomy and its trade-offs towards meeting the Paris Agreement and the SDGs

INSA Toulouse November 19, 2019

This 1-d scientific event is a spin-off of the first Advisory Board Meeting of the Make Our Planet Great Again Project Cambioscop. It aims to gather students, researchers, politicians as well as bioeconomy stakeholders around a collective discussion on the various societal issues at stake in a future where all carbon needs of societies are supplied without fossil resources, in an endeavor to reach carbon (and greenhouse gases) neutrality. The seminar will take a broad perspective over bioeconomy and gather World experts of sustainable agriculture intensification, land use changes, bio-based materials, life cycle assessment, bioenergy and biofuels, decarbonized energy systems, soil carbon storage and climate science, among others. The seminar aims to foster our understanding of the key criteria that should guide the development of bioeconomy (in France and elsewhere) in the future.  Some of the key questions to be discussed include:

  • Can we supply the carbon needs of society without fossil resources while remaining within planetary boundaries? What are the key trade-offs?
  • What are the current products and services supplied without fossil carbon, and what are the business models around those?
  • What indicator should be used to measure the performance of bioeconomy and how could the sustainable development goals be used to this end?
  • Towards carbon neutrality: what can we realistically expect from soils?
  • What should France absolutely consider in order to sustainably develop its bioeconomy business model?

For the scientific part, please contact:
Dr. Lorie Hamelin, sustbioeco2019 Scientific Organizer
hamelin@insa-toulouse.fr

For registration information, please contact the registration secretary:
Mrs. Patricia JARRYsustbioeco2019 Organization secretary
INSA SAIC, 135 Avenue de Rangueil
31077 Toulouse Cedex 4, France

email patricia.jarry@insa-toulouse.fr

Main source: https://sustbioeco2019.sciencesconf.org/

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2019-11-19
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2019-11-19
THE BIOECONOMY – KEY PLAYER AT ECOMONDO

THE BIOECONOMY – KEY PLAYER AT ECOMONDO

Ecomondo, the leading event in Europe for the new models of circular economy

For the Circular Bioeconomy, large Italian enterprises in the world vanguard in the sector of biodegradable and compostable bioplastics have been key players at Ecomondo for some time.

There is an appointment on Tuesday 5th November (2:30 pm Industria Biobased Room . Hall D3), entitled Smart and innovative solutions to reduce packaging waste: a first assessment of the REINWASTE project, organized by the Ecomondo Scientific Technical Committee, Confagricoltura, Federalimentare, ART-ER. REINWASTE, with the motto ´Preventing waste disposal is more sustainable and less expensive´, aims at developing sustainable (and economically advantageous) techniques for reducing the inorganic waste component such as packaging and similar materials, favouring the adoption of innovative ecological concepts on behalf of the agri-food industry and SMEs. The innovative aspect of REINWASTE is the involvement of the agricultural chain´s players and the agri-food sector´s industrial chain. For Italy, the project will concentrate on the companies of the Emilia-Romagna region of the dairy produce sector and the clusters in question will have to assess their feasibility. In the workshop, the first results obtained from the 30 companies to test the feasibility of measures aimed at preventing or recovering waste from packaging or similar materials. The meeting is chaired by Maurizio Notarfonso of Federalimentare Servizi and Daniela Sani of ART-ER.

On Wednesday 6th, at 10:00 am in Ravezzi Room 2, the program features From the commodities to the specialties: the crops in the era of climate change and the challenges for a circular, productive, sustainable, precise bioeconomy aimed at delivering high quality food and nutraceutical products, organized by the Ecomondo Technical Scientific Committee, Federazione Italiana Industria Alimentare e Bevande (Federalimentare), Confederazione Generale dell´Agricoltura Italiana (Confagricoltura), Cluster Agrifood CL.A.N.
In Italy, crops cover approximately seven million hectares, over 50% of the country´s 12.6 million hectares. They are therefore a very important element for managing the land and the agri-ecosystem. From the point of view of the market, these products are put on the international markets of ´undifferentiated commodities´ traded on a large scale. These markets often do not reward product qualification.
The recent trajectories of the bioeconomy, the circular economy and in general of the search for a sustainable intensification of agricultural productions represent a great opportunity for ´large crop´ products that, from cereals through proteoleagins to legumes, can become ´specialties´ with features in line with the needs (even new) of consumers and of the market of high quality food products which would also be able to respond to the new needs of wellness and health. The event will be chaired by Donato Rotundo of Confagricoltura, Maurizio Notarfonso of Federalimentare and Massimo Iannetta of ENEA

European research and innovation for the implementation of circular economy and bioeconomy is the title of the beacon event organized in collaboration with the OCSE and the European Commission, on Friday 8th November (at 10:00 am) and at which participations will include OCSE representative James Philps and the members of the Ecomondo Scientific Committee Francesco Fatone (Marches Polytechnic) and Mauro Majone (La Sapienza University).

It is estimated that the bioeconomy generates a production value of 330 billion euros, over 10% of the GDP, with a workforce of two million. The bioeconomy, compared to business activities, rose from 8.8% in 2017 to 10.1% in 2018. (Source: Intesa San Paolo . Assobiotec)

 

Source: https://en.ecomondo.com/media-room/press-releases?ext_url=/base/press_area/news_dettaglio.asp&codice=8871&Tipo=C&Pagina=%3Fext%5Furl%3D%2Fbase%2Fpress%5Farea%2Fnews%5Felenco%2Easp

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2019-11-05
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2019-11-08
PUBLIC CONSULTATION – European Partnership for a circular bio-based Europe (Horizon Europe programme)

PUBLIC CONSULTATION – European Partnership for a circular bio-based Europe (Horizon Europe programme)

About this consultation

Feedback period
11 September 2019 – 6 November 2019 (midnight Brussels time)
Topic
Research and innovation

Target audience

In line with the Better Regulation Guidelines, the EC wishes to consult stakeholders as widely as possible. Therefore, the consultation strategy aims at involving a broad set of stakeholders that includes national authorities, the EU research community, industry, EU institutions and bodies, foundations, and others. More specifically, targeted stakeholders include present and past beneficiaries of Framework Programme funding, EU Member States, associations and umbrella organisations, industrial, academic and other partner organisations, but inputs from other stakeholders as well as citizens are also welcome.

Why we are consulting

The objective of this public consultation is to seek the views of EU Research and Innovation (R&I) stakeholders and citizens on the 12 proposed Institutionalised European Partnerships under the future Horizon Europe Research and Innovation programme (2021-2027). In particular, the consultation focuses on the overall need for and the planned focus of these potential European Partnerships. Alongside individual research and innovation projects and missions, Horizon Europe will support European Partnerships to address common priorities jointly with Member States, the private sector, foundations and other stakeholders. The feedback gathered from this public consultation will provide crucial input for the impact assessment work for these candidate partnerships.

Responding to the questionnaire

You can contribute to this consultation by filling in the online questionnaire. If you are unable to use the online questionnaire, please contact us using the email address below.

Questionnaires are available in some or all official EU languages. You can submit your responses in any official EU language.

For reasons of transparency, organisations and businesses taking part in public consultations are asked to register in the EU’s Transparency Register.

Respond to the questionnaire

Personal data and privacy statement

The European Union is committed to user privacy. When carrying out public consultations we adhere to the policy on ‘protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions’, based on Regulation 45/2001 on processing of personal data by the EU institutions.

Further information on the protection of your personal data

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2019-09-11
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2019-11-06
NEW BBI JU SYNERGY LABEL RECOGNISES THE VALUE OF HIGH-QUALITY PROPOSALS

NEW BBI JU SYNERGY LABEL RECOGNISES THE VALUE OF HIGH-QUALITY PROPOSALS

BBI JU launched today the BBI JU Synergy Label, a new pilot initiative aiming to recognise the value and excellence of Demonstration Action and Flagship proposals submitted to the BBI JU Call for proposals that scored above the quality threshold but did not receive funding due to budget limits.

The twelve awarded proposals – namely SUPROV, NUTRIBANK, BIOBESTcide, ALINA, D-rAinBOW, HEALTHnALGAE, STARSHIP, Nut-WAVE, BIO-Prosseed, ProtiFinery, Bio-Beetchem and TAN-UP – received their certification during a dedicated session held in the context of the Research & Innovation Days (R&I Days) event organised by the European Commission in Brussels.

The BBI JU Synergy Label is awarded to BBI JU proposals that were deemed to be of high quality but did not receive funding due to budget limits. This certificate should enhance the recognition of the organisations participating in the proposals and facilitate the search by the consortia for alternative source of funding provided by EU organisations, EU Member States and regions or other possible funding organisations. The first BBI Synergy Label awardees are all the Demonstration Action and Flagship proposals included in the reserve list of BBI JU Call 2018.

In order to ensure that the recognition of the proposals awarded with the BBI Synergy Label is fully maximised, BBI JU aims at working with different funding organisations. The first example of this effort was showcased today during the dedicated R&I Days session, where BBI JU and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the aim of maximising the opportunities of taking up investments in the bioeconomy sector. The MoU will apply in those economies where both organisations have a legal mandate to operate.

In the framework of this joint collaboration, the EBRD will be able to review those proposals that meet the screening requirements but do not get access to BBI JU funding, in order to assess the feasibility of their development in conjunction with EBRD financing. Furthermore, on a proposal-by-proposal basis and provided that certain requirements are met, the EBRD will analyse the possibility of proposals to access specific EBRD programmes such as those supporting small and medium businesses and/or higher-risk investments. Additionally, as EBRD has a strong focus on several EU-13 countries, this represents a strategic opportunity to ensure that investments in those countries are taken up more quickly.

 

Original link: https://www.bbi-europe.eu/news/new-bbi-ju-synergy-label-recognises-value-high-quality-proposals

Cluster SPRING Annual Networking Event

Cluster SPRING Annual Networking Event

Monday, 28 October 2019, 10.00 am – Rome

The networking event will provide an overview of current events in the sector and a dialogue between protagonists of Italian and Swiss entrepreneurship.

There will be space for the presentation of all realities of the clusters interested in presenting their activity and for one-to-one meetings between members and others bioeconomy stakeholder.

Following the draft agenda (ITA):

09:30 Registrazione
10:00 Apertura con presentazione della giornata
10:20 Saluti dell’Ambasciatrice di Svizzera in Italia, Rita Adam
10:35 La Bioeconomia in Italia / Giulia Gregori Cluster SPRING
10:55 La Green scienza applicata in Svizzera / Fabian Fischer, HE-SO Valais
– Pausa caffè –
11:25 Panoramica sui progetti CLARIANT / Michael Tesch, Country Head Italia
11:40 Presentazione dei soci SPRING
Apertura di Regione Lazio
– Networking lunch –
14.45 Fine lavori

RSVP: comunicazione@clusterspring.it
Luogo: Ambasciata di Svizzera, Via B. Oriani 61, Roma

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2019-10-28
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2019-10-28
BIOVOICES, Biobridges, STAR Pro-Bio and LIFT projects at Maker Faire Rome with the BIOECONOMY Village 2019

BIOVOICES, Biobridges, STAR Pro-Bio and LIFT projects at Maker Faire Rome with the BIOECONOMY Village 2019

Also this year in the context of the Maker Faire the BIOECONOMY VILLAGEpromoted by the European Commission and BBI JU projects BIOVOICESSTAR-ProBio, Biobridges and LIFT in collaboration with Maker Faire Rome, will be present in the Circular Eni pavilion (promo video in italian here), dedicated to sustainability, circular economy and bioeconomy at the pavilion 3 stand B 16.The BIOECONOMY Village is an event format already successfully tested in the context of the Maker Faire Rome 2017 and 2018 fair. The 2019 edition will be based on the successful BIOECONOMY Village format, aimed at raising public awareness, improving knowledge on products of renewable origin and promoting the applications and benefits of the Bioeconomy, circular economy and sustainability, encouraging dialogue , discussion and sharing between the general public and representatives of universities, research centers, projects, companies, associations and start-ups.

Through the display of products, examples, thematic workshops and practical demonstrations, visitors are shown, in a clear and engaging way, how the bioeconomy is increasingly part of our daily life and how consumers’ conscious choices can have a positive impact on the environment, society and the economy.

The objective of the BIOECONOMY Village is also to strengthen the dialogue between those who make sustainable development and the bioeconomy a concrete commitment, consolidating existing collaborations and involving new players in the implementation of the initiative.

To conclude the three days dedicated to the bioeconomy, Sunday 20 October from 6.00 pm to 6.30 pm Susanna Albertini will conduct a talk entitled “Discovering the bioeconomy” in the Circular Eni pavilion.

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2019-10-18
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2019-10-20
BIOVOICES national workshop at Forum Buy Green Compraverde: The bioeconomy in Italy: incentives, laws, norms

BIOVOICES national workshop at Forum Buy Green Compraverde: The bioeconomy in Italy: incentives, laws, norms

The BIOVOICES project is organising the Mutual Mobilization and Learning Workshop entitled “The bioeconomy in Italy: incentives, laws, norms” that will be held on October 17, 2019, in the afternoon in Rome as part of the Compraverde Buy Green 2019, the most important European and national event dedicated to public and private Green Procurement policies, projects, goods and services.

The day aims to be a moment of sharing knowledge about the experiences, the regulations and the existing laws at national and European level, and the necessities to push the development of the bioeconomy at national level.

Many speech are planned and discussion tables from which the needs and opportunities that the bioeconomy can open can be highlighted. The initial interventions will stimulate the discussion of the mutual learning workshop, which, using a participatory approach, will make it possible to understand the regulations, laws, practices and needs that emerge at Italian and European level in relation to the bioeconomy.

Please register and find the preliminary agenda here: https://www.biovoices-platform.eu/registeredarea/mmls/viewMml/5516

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2019-10-17
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2019-10-17
Biobridges workshop at IFIB 2019 – New bioeconomy value chains from local resources: challenges and opportunities

Biobridges workshop at IFIB 2019 – New bioeconomy value chains from local resources: challenges and opportunities

4 October 2019 (9.30-13.00) – IFIB 2019
Naples, University of Naples Federico II Conference Centre

In the context of  IFIB 2019, Biobridges project is organizing a co-creation workshop to ease the dialogue among actors along the value chain (industry, policy makers, consumers, researchers, investors, feedstock providers, etc.) and to highlight challenges and opportunities for the valorisation of local resources in the bioeconomy framework.

Starting from the analysis of local available feedstocks, speakers of the round table will present technologies solutions, innovative ideas, opportunities and challenges within the context of bioeconomy. Thanks to interactive tools, the audience will be actively engaged in the co-creation of new solutions, business opportunities and concrete actions to boost local development through the potentialities offered by bioeconomy.

 

Round table speakers

Serena CHIERICI – Stazioni Sperimentale per l’Industria delle Conserve Alimentari, Agrimax project

Valorization of agricultural wastes (tomatoes, potatoes, olives and cereals)

Ignacio MARTIN JIMENEZ – Fundacion CIRCE, Power4Bio Project

Empowering regional stakeholders for realising the full potential of bioeconomy

Mariantonella PALERMO – Tecnoalimenti, Biobarr Project

Bio-based food packaging: improving properties and sustainability

 

Patrizia CIRCELLI – PNO consultants, Biopen Project

Tools for supporting companies in the bio-based sector

Altroconsumo (tbc)

How attract citizens in the definition of new bio-products addressing consumers’ expectations

Pierpaolo ROVERE – Agrifood & Bioeconomy Cluster Agency

Defining and implementing an holistic regional strategy for supporting bioeconomy

  

Biobridges project

Biobridges is a project funded by the European Commission through the Public-Private Partnershio Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) and it was conceived to tackle the key challenge of improving the marketability of bio-based products (BBPs) by fostering close cooperation and partnerships among bio-based industries, brand owners and consumers’ representatives.

 

Registration are open, please, fill the form available here: https://bit.ly/2m1UscY

For more support and information, please contact Matteo Sabini (sabini@apre.it)

 

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2019-10-04
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2019-10-04
European MML: Shaping the bio-based economy involving citizens through a participatory approach

European MML: Shaping the bio-based economy involving citizens through a participatory approach

The workshop is promoted by the European Bioeconomy Network and it is the satellite event of the “European Workshop on Bioeconomy”, hosted by the French Ministry of Agriculture and Food and organised by the BIOVOICES project.

Addressing global challenges like climate change, land and ecosystem degradation and growing population forces industries, policy makers, researchers, but also end-consumers to seek new ways of producing and consuming that respect the ecological boundaries of our planet. End-consumers can play a central role in this systemic change toward a more sustainable model promoting growth and development thus preserving the ecosystem. Consumers and their behaviour play a major role in this transformation process. As demonstrated by a number of studies , consumer awareness, knowledge and education on sustainable production, consumption and lifestyles, are important factors determining behavioural changes toward a more responsible consumption. Despite several relevant intents , the bioeconomy policies have been criticised for giving marginal attention to civil society approaches and for their lack of transparency on who is involved in the formulation of policies . Initiatives to engage stakeholders and the public have been rare in the context of the bioeconomy, and most of them have tended to focus on one-way information transmission . Furthermore, the engagement has often been about public acceptance of policies rather than a true possibility to participate in the discussion about the nature of development . This is a missed opportunity as citizens’ involvement is key to identify and address current bottlenecks hampering the bioeconomy uptake, to develop bio-based products and applications that are considered valuable and desirable, to contribute to the design of the bioeconomy industry and policy agendas responding to the needs of civil society, and to accelerate the implementation of Bioeconomy strategies at national, regional and community level. This workshop will contribute to the above mentioned challenges through: • The collection of good practices, needs and requirements related to the citizens’ participatory approaches • Transforming the findings into actionable knowledge in the form of lessons learnt and recommendations for the design of the strategies, tools and activities to empower citizens to participate in the bioeconomy. The MML workshop will analyse the following challenges related to the bottom-up participatory approach involving citizens in shaping of the bio-based economy: • How to promote attitudinal, purchase and consumption changes, increasing consumers’ awareness and knowledge of potential benefits of bio-based solutions. • How to enhance the involvement of the citizens through a bottom-up, participative and ‘open science’ approach. • How to empower citizens to become active players in the design, implementation and monitoring of the bio-based industrial and political agendas. • What type of information the bio-based industries and policy makers need to better tailor their products and policies to the needs of civil society. • How to co-design and implement strategies, digital tools and live activities enabling end-consumers to provide direct inputs to bio-based products and applications in a wide array of daily life situations. The seating capacity is limited and interested participants are advised to register as soon as possible.

Notes: The exact address of the workshop is: Ministry of Agriculture and Food, DGER – 1 avenue de Lowendal, Paris 7, Metro station “Ecole Militaire”.

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2019-10-31
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2019-10-31
Environmental Risk areas and Circular Bioeconomy

Environmental Risk areas and Circular Bioeconomy

The event on Environmental Risk areas and Circular Bioeconomy, a new approach to the management of contaminated sites with a strategic perspective for sustainable development.

The event – organized by CNR, CISAS and BIOVOICES projects, in collaboration with ARPA – aims to identify recommendations for a new management of risk areas at national level and for regional development in line with European innovation strategies . Together – civil society, industry, research and politics – they will promote a territorial vision aimed at protecting the environment, ecosystems and health for sustainable development.

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2019-09-24
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2019-09-24