Author: Selenia Marinelli

Projects2Policy: Aligning outcomes from EU projects with the EU policy for bio-based and biodegradable plastics

Projects2Policy: Aligning outcomes from EU projects with the EU policy for bio-based and biodegradable plastics

On 23rd November from 10-12CET, Glaukos project, Bio-Plastics Europe, European Bioplastics Research Network (EBRN) and the  European Bioeconomy Network (EuBioNet) are organising the online workshop “Projects2Policy: Aligning outcomes from EU projects with the EU policy for bio-based and biodegradable plastics” to discuss about the outcomes stemming from the workshop organised on 3rd November, “Unlock the potential of bio-based and biodegradable plastics: challenges to be addressed, in order to facilitate their adoption in form of Actionable Knowledge for EU Policies.

Please find here the agenda.

The 3rd November workshop engaged around 70 active participants and 99 unique visitors joining the room throughout the event, representing more 51 projects and stakeholders in the bio-based plastics domain from 34 different Countries.

The open debate was structured along the following topics responding to specific requests of EC Policy Officers coming from different DGs and led to the collection of more than 220 contributions form relevant projects.

  • System perspective: LCA of Bio-based vs conventional plastics
  • End-of-Life options (biodegradability, ecotoxicity, recyclability, leakage, etc.)
  • Raising awareness, stakeholder engagement, collaboration and coordination
  • Projects’ contribution to EU policies

 

REPORT OF THE 3rd NOVEMBER WORKSHOP

 

These two workshops, “Unlock the potential of bio-based and biodegradable plastics: challenges to be addressed” and “Projects2Policy: Aligning outcomes from EU projects with the EU policy for bio-based and biodegradable plastics” are built on the results stemming from the Glaukos Stakeholder Labs workshop “Tackling microplastics pollution: can biodegradable textile and coating be a solution?” and the 6th EBRN Event “Insights from 10 Horizon projects: EU policy for bio-based and biodegradable plastics”, which both took place last June 2022 and the aim was to prepare and summarise outputs from relevant projects in order to facilitate contribution to the EU policy.

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2022-11-23
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2022-11-23
Busy week at Ecomondo for the Transition2BIO and EuBioNet people!

Busy week at Ecomondo for the Transition2BIO and EuBioNet people!

Busy week at Ecomondo for the Transition2BIO and EuBioNet people!

The week started with the speech “Addressing challenges to unlock bio-plastics potential: the contribution of EU-funded projects”, delivered by Susanna Albertini from FVA New Media Research during the Cluster meeting: Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe projects contributing to the EU Plastics Strategy organized by the European Research Executive Agency (REA), on the 8th of November, as part of the Glaukos Project and European Bioeconomy Network activities.

Recordings available here.

During the speech two innovative formats were presented:

  • Projects2Projects, facilitating collaboration and mutual learning among projects, that was validated in Brussels on the 5th of October in a workshop organized by the European Bioeconomy Network and the European Commission, involving more than 40 project promoting the circular bioeconomy.
  • Projects2Policy format, shortening the gap between EU funded projects and policies, facilitating the awareness and adoption of project’s results. The format is part of a series of workshops organized by Glaukos and Bio-Plastics Europe Projects, involving 49 projects and around 20 Policy Officers from different DGs. The last appointment is foreseen for the next 23th November.

On the 9th of November, during the conference session “Commit to the Mission Charter to contribute to a healthy “pollution free” MED, organized by Ecomondo Scientific Technical Committee, BlueMed GSOs, Federchimica-PlasticsEurope Italia, Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR), National Research Council of Italy (CNR), Susanna Albertini delivered the speech “Experiences from EU funded projects contributing to the Mission Charter for a healthy “pollution free” MED”. During the speech some good practices from Transition2Bio, Biovoices, the European Bioeconomy Network and Glaukos have been presented.

Recordings available here.

The workshop was an important opportunity to learn how Mediterranean projects and initiatives, but also industrial and policy actors, as well as NGOs and citizens can become active “Missioners”, sharing their activities and ambitions to support the Mission “Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030” by adhering to the Mission charter. John Bell, European Commission’s ‘Healthy Planet” Director, delivered a very inspirational talk about the vision and objectives of the Mission.

On 11th November, Serena Fabbrini from APRE presented the recently funded project GenB, aiming at inspiring, educating, involving and supporting the young generations to become the ambassadors of the circular bioeconomy in the European Commission area dedicated to EU funded projects. The book for kids “What’s Bioeconomy”, produced by the projects BIOVOICES and Transition2Bio was promoted as a good practice to engage the primary school students with these topics.

Finally FVA team, representing Transition2Bio and Glaukos, was involved in the expert focus group “Are Bio-based plastics the future for toy applications?”, organized by Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna, in the context of Bio-Plastics Europe project and involving the most relevant stakeholders in bio-plastics and toys, to discuss is Bio-based and biodegradable plastics can be a suitable solution for the toys industry.

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2022-11-12
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2022-11-12
The BIOSkills: the competences that will drive the transition

The BIOSkills: the competences that will drive the transition

The Commission has adopted its proposal to make 2023 the European Year of Skills, following the announcement by President Ursula von der Leyen in her 2022 State of the Union address. The green and digital transitions are opening up new opportunities for people and the EU economy.

In line with 2023 as European Year of Skills, Transition2BIO organises in hybrid format a full-day event organised in two sessions.
The event will take place next 2 December 2022 at Piazza Sassari 4, 00161 Roma – sala Conferenze and online.

Morning session

‘Future skills for Bioeconomy’ – Biobased products

Time: 09:30 – 11:30 CET
Registrationhttps://forms.office.com/r/DUmeMDKLUy
A co-creation workshop on ‘Future skills for Bioeconomy’ – Biobased products, which aims to identify the future skills and related educational needs in the European bioeconomy.

Target audience
The organisers encourage the participation of EU funded projects in bioeconomy education, EU and local institutions, universities, policymakers, private companies, associations, teachers, students, and whoever may be interested in or have something to say about the future skills and related educational needs to
build the future workforce of the European bioeconomy.
See the full Agenda here!

 

Afternoon session

The BIOSkills: the competences that will drive the transition

Time: 13:30 – 16:30 CET
Registrationhttps://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/Transition2BIO_Final_Event

The green and digital transitions are opening up new opportunities for people and the EU economy. Having the relevant skills empowers people to successfully navigate labour market changes and to fully engage in society and democracy.
This will ensure that nobody is left behind and the economic recovery as well as the green and digital transitions are socially fair and just. A workforce with the skills that are in demand also contributes to sustainable growth, leads to more innovation and improves companies’ competitiveness.

The Transition2BIO Project in the past 2 years delivered a set of capacity building activities for public authorities, teachers and students with a view to foster the implementation of bioeconomy strategies and the communication of bioeconomy to multiple target audiences.
To do so, a set of materials such as Transitio2BIO Toolkits and training modules have been developed and delivered by the project.
An overview of such materials, together with instructions on how to use them and hand them over to relevant stakeholders will be provided at the beginning of the event.
See the full Agenda here!

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2022-12-02
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2022-12-02
EuBioNet annual MML workshop “Projects2projects” – outcomes and material

EuBioNet annual MML workshop “Projects2projects” – outcomes and material

The “Projects2Projects” workshop was organised by the European Bioeconomy Network, in collaboration with the European Commission and the projects Transition2Bio, BIOEASTsUP, BIObec and BioGov.net. The event took place on 5 October 2022 at the EC Building CDMA, as satellite event of the High-Level EU Conference “Bioeconomy – Enabling the European Green Deal in Challenging Times”, held in Brussels on the 6 and 7 October 2022.

The workshop reached 76 registered participants and was finally able to reach around 60 attendees and involve 40 projects on stage and additional 9 projects participating. All the participants exploited the opportunity of having for the first time in the same room most of the relevant projects that will support the bioeconomy innovation ecosystem for the next years.

The workshop was a great success. The organisers received positive feedback from the participants highlighting the necessity of similar events to boost the collaborations among projects.

The outcomes of the “Projects2Projects” workshop were to:

  • Facilitate the awareness and exchange of inspirational good practices stemming from H2020 projects, as well as maximising the exploitation of lessons learnt and heritage of H2020 bioeconomy projects
  • Present the objectives of the newly funded Horizon Europe projects in bioeconomy
  • Facilitate collaboration among ongoing, concluded and recently funded projects.
  • Define common action plans to improve the quality and impact of projects’ activities for the next months.

In order to facilitate the discussion and map the different projects highlighting their main specificities and core purposes, all the participating projects were grouped according to four macroareas:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each macroarea was introduced by the European Commission’s policy officers who provided the audience with the EC expectations to trigger the following discussion.
Specifically, Tomasz Calikowski (on behalf of Laura Varpina) introduced the Macroarea 1 and he also introduced the Macroarea 2, while Veera Tahvanainen introduced the Macroarea 3 and, finally, Giuseppe Pellegrino introduced the Macroarea 4.

The workshop was divided into two parts. The first one was specifically dedicated to brief presentations of success stories from H2020 projects, with a special focus on exploitable assets.
This part was followed by a walking brainstorming/networking and four thematic group discussions, during which the Horizon Europe projects had the chance to present their main objectives and expected outcomes through the projects’ fiches, collected in the posters dedicated to the different macroareas.

The thematic sessions, organised in thematic working groups, supported the networking and collaboration among the H2020 and the Horizon Europe projects with the objective of defining a common 2022/2023 action plan.

During the discussion, the following outcomes have been achieved:

  • facilitate the identification and connection with similar activities
  • enable the overview of who is doing what in the next months
  • avoid duplication of efforts (e.g. organisation of a workshop in the same topic in the same period)
  • maximise the impact and participants to events by joining efforts (e.g. co-organizing an event addressing similar topics from different perspectives)
  • facilitate the match between needs and offer (e.g. I’m organizing a conference, I look for speakers, good practices)

Below you can find useful links, collecting all the materials stemming from the workshop and ready to be downloaded.

Agenda of the workshop.

Key points from the introductory speeches delivered by the EC Policy Officers:

PPT presentations from H2020 and Horizon Europe Projects, aggregated per macroarea with useful links:

Projects’ fiches aggregated per macroarea, with all the contacts of all projects:

Main results of the thematic working group discussions:

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2022-10-19
EuBioNet and Transition2BIO at the EU conference “Bioeconomy – Enabling the European Green Deal in Challenging Times”

EuBioNet and Transition2BIO at the EU conference “Bioeconomy – Enabling the European Green Deal in Challenging Times”

The EU conference “Bioeconomy – Enabling the European Green Deal in Challenging Times” took place on 6 and 7 October in Brussels. With around 1000 participants discussing the findings of the EU Bioeconomy Strategy Progress Report, the conference has set the tone for the next steps of the EU Bioeconomy Strategy!

The European Bioeconomy Network was invited by the EC to facilitate the collaboration among projects and initiatives in the dedicated EuBioNet corner where the posters with the outcomes of the “Projects2Projects” workshop were presented.

Transition2BIO played a great role during the Conference, distributing around 1000 copies of the book for kids “What’s Bioeconomy?”, in 10 different languages. The participants expressed their enthusiasm for the book that was presented also during a speech delivered by Chiara Pocaterra, coordinator of Transition2BIO and co-autor with Susanna Albertini of the book. The speech highlighted the importance of involving young generations to grow future citizens and decision-makers aware and interested on the circular bioeconomy.

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2022-10-19
Talking about bioeconomy education: BIObec Implementation and Replication Working Group workshop

Talking about bioeconomy education: BIObec Implementation and Replication Working Group workshop

The BIObec project, funded by BBI JU under Horizon 2020, aims at leveraging education to unlock the full potential of the European bioeconomy, by building bridges between the bio-based industry and the education system.

The project is organising the 1st BIObec Implementation and Replication Working Group workshop which will take place online next 21 October 2022 from 10:00 to 11:30 CET.

You can find here the agenda.
To attend, please register at this link before 20 October at 12.00 pm CET

Additional details

BIObec concept merges the traditional idea of an education centre – such as a university or a vocational education and training centre – with that of a knowledge hub: the Bio-Based Education Centres (BBECs), which will act as multi-level knowledge hubs bridging the gaps between academic institutions, students, innovation entities and policymakers.

BIObec seeks to set the basis for the development of BBECs in six different European regions to answer the needs of the bio-based industry at local, regional, and national levels. These BBECs are expected to ensure a wide geographical coverage in Europe and address a wide range of topics linked to the variety of value chains and the different institutional contexts, paving the way for replication in other regions.

The core nucleus for the future implementation of the BBECs is the Implementation and Replication Working Group (IRWG), that will participate to project initiatives in the role of stakeholders and will facilitate the replication of the BIObec’s experience beyond the project’s efforts.

The IRWG members are local stakeholders, interested in implementing and replicating the BBECs experience in other EU Regions and countries by co-developing a roadmap applicable for potential additional BBECs across Europe.

The first IRWG workshop will:

– stimulate the discussion around bioeconomy education
– define a more integrated, connected and wider approach for the BBECs future implementation
– explore the opportunity to transfer and replicate the BBECs formats into additional territorial bioeconomy ecosystems
– engage additional IRWG members

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2022-10-21
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2022-10-21
EuBioNet and Transition2BIO videointerviews to the World Bioproduct Day Winners!

EuBioNet and Transition2BIO videointerviews to the World Bioproduct Day Winners!

In July 2022, the European Bioeconomy Network, Transition2Bio and the World Bioeconomy Forum started a collaboration in the context of the World Bioproduct Day.

The campaign engaged many stakeholders of the circular bioeconomy that shared their stories via social media by using the hashtag #bioproductday2022 and/or #bioproductday, or by submitting via email their bioproducts.

Transition2Bio and EuBioNet  selected the 5 most interesting submissions, following specific categories:

To give more visibility to their circular bioeconomy stories, the video interviews to the winners were curated by Transition2Bio and the EuBioNet and they will be shared in a joint social media campaign organised with the support of the World Bioeconomy Forum!

You can access all the videos at the following link.

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2022-10-20
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2022-11-10
Glaukos project workshop “Unlock the potential of bio-based and biodegradable plastics: challenges to be addressed”

Glaukos project workshop “Unlock the potential of bio-based and biodegradable plastics: challenges to be addressed”

In the last years, the EC is funding several projects and initiatives to investigate under which conditions biodegradable and bio-based plastics can contribute to reduce pollution in our ecosystems.

These projects can also play a role in providing policy recommendations and supporting policy makers with data, research outcomes and the identification of gaps that should be addressed to actively support the EU’s plastics strategy.

Nevertheless, there is an urgent need to encourage a holistic, collaborative debate, shortening the gap between research projects and decision-makers.

To respond to these needs, a collaboration among  Glaukos projectBio-Plastics EuropeEuropean Bioplastics Research NetworkEuropean Bioeconomy Network led to the organisation of the workshop “Unlock the potential of bio-based and biodegradable plastics: challenges to be addressed”, that will take place online next 3rd November from 9.00 to 12.00 CET.

Join the debate! To participate to the workshop, please register here.
Agenda available at this link.

 

The objective of the workshop is to involve the most relevant projects related to bio-based plastics, to discuss the most urgent challenges to be addressed to unlock the potential of bio-based and biodegradable plastic, in light of providing policy recommendations to be shared with EC Policy Officers in the context of the incoming 7th EBRN Event (23th November 2022).

These events build on the following activities:

The discussion will be structured along the following topics:

  • Bio-based vs conventional plastics (performance, consumer behaviour, etc.)
  • End-of-Life options (biodegradability, ecotoxicity, recyclability, pollution, etc.)
  • Raising awareness, stakeholder engagement, collaboration and coordination of efforts
  • Support EU policies

 

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2022-11-03
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2022-11-03
The first CBE JU call attracts 125 project proposals

The first CBE JU call attracts 125 project proposals

The CBE JU has received 125 project proposals by the 22 September deadline for the 2022 call. Applicants have requested over €600 million in CBE JU funding, against the indicative call budget of €120 million.

The CBE JU team will now check the admissibility and eligibility of all the proposals submitted. The evaluation of the proposals will start in October 2022 with the help of external experts, and the applicants will receive information about the outcome of the evaluations by the end of February 2023 (at the latest).

Once the grant agreement preparation with the proposals retained for funding is completed, CBE JU expects to sign the grant agreements by the end of May 2023.

More information here.

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2022-09-26
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2022-09-26
Online workshop “Young people for Mediterranean cooperation”

Online workshop “Young people for Mediterranean cooperation”

The online workshop “Young people for Mediterranean cooperation” will take place on the 13th of October from 11.30 to 13.00 CEST in the framework of the European Week of Regions and Cities.

As 2022 marks the European Year of Youth, the workshop aims to showcase inspiring cooperation stories of young people from both sides of the Mediterranean – including representatives of ENI CBC Med projects – and celebrate their contribution to positive and constructive Euro-Mediterranean relations. To find out more information about the event, please visit the Programme website.

If you wish to attend the event, you can register at your earliest convenience at the following link: https://bit.ly/3SiZiNn (Workshop code – 13WS22471). You will need to create an account and then add the event to your agenda but it only takes a few minutes.

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2022-10-13
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2022-10-13