Working Group Leaders

Representatives of Brussels-based offices leading the work of Bioeconomy Working Group.

Jorge Molina Villanueva

Jorge Molina Villanueva

Jorge Molina Villanueva

Delegation of the Government of Navarra

Angèle Liaigre

Angèle Liaigre

Angèle Liaigre

Pays de la Loire

Linda Reinholdsson

Linda Reinholdsson

Småland Blekinge Halland South Sweden

Bioeconomy

The Working Group focuses on increasing the influence of regions and their stakeholders in shaping the European circular bioeconomy while also working to increase the awareness of the sector as a whole. The group covers the bioeconomy in the widest sense, tackling issues related to topics such as food systems, forestry, bioenergy, biowaste, bio-based products etc. Seeing the growing role of the bioeconomy in decarbonisation efforts, the group also concentrates on the ecological sustainability of these solutions. The group develops contacts with European policymakers to increase cooperation and projects between European regions in bioeconomy.

Next Working Group Meetings

Next Working Group Meetings

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Bioeconomy WG meeting: Exploiting the innovative potential of food waste

Heidi Johansson

In the EU, around 20% of the total food produced is lost or wasted with associated costs estimated at 143 billion euros. Wasting food is not only an ethical and economic issue but it also depletes

Last Working Group Meetings

Last Working Group Meetings

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Bioeconomy WG meeting: Bio-based materials for sustainable built environments

Heidi Johansson

We are happy to welcome you to our next Bioeconomy WG meeting which will look at bio-based materials for sustainable built environments. The meeting will take place on 8 June between 14:00-15:30 CEST

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Bioeconomy WG: Coffee meeting on Horizon Europe Cluster 6

Heidi Johansson

The Bioeconomy Working Group is organising an online coffee meeting that will take place on 29 April between 10:30-12:00 CEST. This WG meeting will dive into Cluster 6 of the Horizon Europe work

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Bioeconomy WG meeting: Mission on soil health and food

Heidi Johansson

We are happy to welcome you to the first Bioeconomy WG meeting for 2021, focusing on the Horizon Europe Mission on soil health and food. Soil is not only vital for a healthy environment, but also

WG Events

WG Events

COP26 Climate Change Conference

The 2021 UN climate change conference (COP26) is scheduled to take place from 1 to 12 November 2021 in Glasgow, under the incoming presidency of the UK.

How Copernicus helps Europe's regions to support biodiversity and environmental protection

The Network of European Regions Using Space Technologies (NEREUS) together with the European Commission and the European Space Agency organise a webinar as part of the Copernicus4Regions initiative.

Food losses, food waste reduction and organic waste management in the Mediterranean Region

The webinar, organised by the Union for the Mediterranean and the Interreg MED Green Growth community, aims to provide current insight and future predictions on the importance of food losses, food waste reduction and organic waste management in the Mediterranean region.

Bioeconomy WG meeting: Exploiting the innovative potential of food waste

This Bioeconomy working group meeting will focus on the valorisation of food waste and aims to showcase innovative examples of how regions and cities around Europe are using food waste as a resource to create new opportunities for their actors. Additionally, the European Commission will present the latest developments of the Food 2030 strategy – the research and innovation policy framework that aims to transform our food systems and highlight the links to Horizon Europe.

Pro-Enrich project Final Event - From residue to revenue - scaling up bio-solutions

The Pro-Enrich BBI-JU project is holding its final event on 14 October, which will focus on the upscaling of biorefinery solutions including both financial and technological challenges. 

Farm to Fork conference 2021: Building sustainable food systems together

The second edition of the European Commission's Farm to Fork Conference will take place in the days leading up to World Food Day 2021. The hybrid event will focus on the theme 'building sustainable food systems together'. 

WG Documents

WG Documents

Handbook on implementation and adoption barriers of urban living labs developing nature-based solutions

Developing Urban Living Labs is a relatively novel approach in urban areas, and consequently, there are many challenges and barriers that cities face during ULL adoption. This handbook, developed by the UNaLab project, aims to identify and explore some common barriers to the adoption of Urban Living Labs, and provide cities with a tool and an understanding of how to strategically address these barriers.

ERRIN input paper on a future EU Algae Strategy

ERRIN's input paper on a potential EU Algae Strategy, highlighting the challenges and opportunities of such a strategy at a regional and local level.

ERRIN input to the future EU Algae Strategy - Draft

A drafting group has prepared a first version of the ERRIN input to the future EU Algae Strategy.

WG Related Content

WG Related Content

OECD & CoR survey: Decarbonising buildings in cities and regions

The OECD, in cooperation with the Committee of the Regions, is running a survey on decarbonising buildings in cities and regions.

Consultation on education & training for environmental sustainability

Individuals and organisations from international, European, national, regional and local levels are invited to give their feedback on the European Commission's proposal on education for environmental sustainability.

Water management consultation to update list of pollutants

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the upcoming review of the list of pollutants that occur in surface and ground waters.

Consultation on European Bioeconomy policy

In advance of the upcoming report 'European bioeconomy policy: stocktaking and future developments', a consultation has been opened to gather feedback on the fine-tuning of future initiatives. 

EC adopts package of legislative tools for EU Green Deal

The European Commission has adopted a package of proposed actions that will transform the EU's climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies in a bid to realise the European Green Deal.

Looking for a partnership - HORIZON-CL5-2021-D1-01-08

Astrosat, a Scottish company, is looking to join a partnership for a project on the restoration of peatlands

Latest Updates

  • By Hilary Webb

CHERRIES project call for Mirror Regions

The RRI project CHERRIES is currently looking for regional consortiums with two or more organisations to join the CHERRIES Community. Apply by 31 October.

  • By Heidi Johansson

Handbook on implementation and adoption barriers of urban living labs developing nature-based solutions

Developing Urban Living Labs is a relatively novel approach in urban areas, and consequently, there are many challenges and barriers that cities face during ULL adoption. This handbook, developed by the UNaLab project, aims to identify and explore some common barriers to the adoption of Urban Living Labs, and provide cities with a tool and an understanding of how to strategically address these barriers.

  • By Hilary Webb

OECD & CoR survey: Decarbonising buildings in cities and regions

The OECD, in cooperation with the Committee of the Regions, is running a survey on decarbonising buildings in cities and regions.

  • By Hilary Webb

Consultation on education & training for environmental sustainability

Individuals and organisations from international, European, national, regional and local levels are invited to give their feedback on the European Commission's proposal on education for environmental sustainability.

  • By Hilary Webb

Water management consultation to update list of pollutants

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the upcoming review of the list of pollutants that occur in surface and ground waters.

  • By Lucía HUERTAS

Young company from Murcia offers expertise for: HORIZON-CL6-2021-CLIMATE-01-07: International Research Consortium on (agricultural) soil carbon

SAE, a young company focused on the development of Measuring, Reporting and Verification tools (MRV) to assess ecosystem services. SAE’s mission is to accelerate the uptake of sustainable practices by the farming sector, and for this reason we design MRV that can lean into carbon farming for the generation of monetary rewards for farmers’ well-doings.