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

Anniina Palmu

Anniina Palmu

Anniina Palmu

West Finland European Office

Angèle Liaigre

Angèle Liaigre

Angèle Liaigre

Pays de la Loire

Bioeconomy

The Bioeconomy Working Group is focused on increasing the influence of regions and their stakeholders in shaping the European Bioeconomy. One of the current objectives of the Working Group is to develop contacts with European policy-makers and to increase cooperation and projects between the European regions in this field.

Last Working Group Meetings

Last Working Group Meetings

Energy

Bioeconomy and Energy WG: Opportunities for waste from the agri-food sector

Anonymous

Circularity is a core element of the European Commission’s vision for the EU bioeconomy. Applying the circular economy to the agri-food sector is important to increase resource efficiency and to

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Bioeconomy WG - Exploiting the potential of urban biowaste

Anna Tranberg

To tackle the challenges posed by growing amounts of municipal solid waste, we need, apart from prevention and reduction, new strategies and solutions of how to reuse the different fractions.

WG Events

WG Events

International Conference Forests for Biodiversity and Climate Change

Save the date Forests cover approximately 30% of the Earth’s land area, host 80% of its biodiversity; support the livelihoods of around a quarter of the world’s population. At the EU level, forests cover approximately 42% of the land area. In addition to providing economic and job opportunities to local communities, forests are an irreplaceable biodiversity reservoirs and carbon sinks; they prevent soil erosion; they provide clean water through filtration; they clean the air; they play a central role in risk reduction measures vis-à-vis natural disasters, such as floods, droughts, heatwaves…

Call for expression of interest - Forest Innovation Workshop

INFORM-PRIORITIZE-COLLABORATE: COOPERATION OF REGIONS ON INNOVATION IN FOREST MANAGEMENT, USE OF WOOD AND FOREST-RELATED SERVICES The Forest Innovation Workshop is a biennial European initiative which promotes networking and exchanges among the community of forestry and wood industry innovators and actors. It focuses on the following four thematic areas: a. Managing Impacts related to Climate Change; b. Supporting Wood and Biomass Mobilisation; c. Supporting the Provision of Ecosystem Services; d. Improving Sustainable Forest Management Approaches and Tools. The 2020 workshop edition will…

BBI JU Stakeholder Forum 2019

The second edition of the Stakeholder Forum is a one-day public event that will bring together the bio-based industries community and facilitate open discussion on the impact, achievements and strategic direction of the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) programme, as well as the latest developments in the bio-based industries sector.  BBI JU will present a comprehensive programme of high-level speakers, who will present their ideas through inspiring keynote speeches, pertinent panel discussions and parallel sessions. There will be also networking opportunities and a project…

Northern Netherlands in Transition Working Conference

The decision by the Dutch government to stop extracting natural gas from the Groningen gas field will have major economic implications for the Northern Netherlands. To tackle these challenges, the four largest Northern cities have started a trajectory with theJoint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC). The main goal of this trajectory is  to develop a concrete Action Roadmap that prepares the Northern economy and labour market for the upcoming energy transition.   To help us draft this Roadmap, we have invited experts from regions that faced similar economic transitions to…

Sustainable Chemistry to solve global challenges: the new SusChem Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda

SusChem presents an exciting day of speeches and panels that will explore the technological priorities of the new Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda (SIRA). This will include an open debate on the subject '"Circular economy and the energy transition: an innovation challenge across value chains".  Focussed on the digital transformation of the chemical sector and how it triggered the transition to a circular economy, this event includes a keynote speech by Peter Dröll, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, Prosperity at the European Commission. The event is open to a wide…

Soil degradation: how to bring green land back to the community

The Emilia-Romagna Delegration invites you to the conference “Soil Degradation: how to bring green land back to community – the contribution of LIFE Biorest project”. The initiative will be held on Thursday 26th November, from 10:00 to 14:00, at Emilia-Romagna Delegation premises – rue Montoyer 21, Brussels. In line with the European Commission’s soil and SDGs conference and priorities, this event aims at bringing together European Institutions representatives, academia and stakeholders to discuss about the multiple facets related to soil degradation, at European and regional level. In this…

WG Related Content

WG Related Content

Bio-based Industries Consortium - bioeconomy platform for regions

The Bio-based Industries Consortium are launching a digital platform to create partnerships between regions and industries. The concept is based on a digital, partnering platform where regions and industry can make contact based on mutual interest. The platform focuses on creating local value chains and access to finance, namely helping regions and industry bridge the gap about bio-based investment opportunities at the level of regions. Interested regions will be asked to complete a template for their profile in the platform (see online form for submitting a region’s profile). There is no…

Call for an updated and stronger EU Forest Strategy

Acknowledging the report from the European Commission on progress in the implementation of the Forest Strategy the undersigned organizations, representing forest owners, managers, contractors and the forest-based industry, call on the European Commission, Parliament and Council to update the EU Forest Strategy with an aim to strengthen its role as a key reference for sustainable forest management.   CEETTAR – European Organisation of Agricultural, Rural and Forestry Contractors CEI-BOIS – European Confederation of the Woodworking Industries CEPF – Confederation of European Forests Owners…

Free pitching and matchmaking opportunity for the bio-economy

Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant, Flanders Biobased Valley, NNFCC and BCNP Consultants are organising ‘Pitch perfect and boost the European bio-economy’, a one-day event of intense cross-border matchmaking and networking, with the aim to create new partnerships for the future and the further development of innovative, cross-border and cross-sectoral industrial value chains in the bio-based economy. This matchmaking and networking event brings together investors, SMEs, startups, about-to-be start-ups, scale-ups, large companies, and ROs as well as organisations offering relevant innovation services…

Roadmap on the update of the 2012 Bioeconomy Strategy (Deadline for feedback: 20 March 2018)

The European Commission has recently published a Roadmap for the update of the 2012 EU Bioeconomy Strategy: http://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/initiatives/ares-2018-975361_en#initiative-recentfeedback. The deadline to provide feedback to the document either as a private person, organisation or association is set for 20th March.

Open Consultation: 2012 Bioeconomy Strategy

Give your feedback to the future bioeconomy   The 2012 EU Bioeconomy Strategy aimed "…to pave the way to a more innovative, resource-efficient and competitive society that reconciles food security with the sustainable use of renewable resources for industrial purposes, while ensuring environmental protection". In 2017 the Commission carried out a review of its 2012 EU Bioeconomy Strategy, which concluded that the Strategy is delivering on key actions and that the importance of the opportunities offered by the Bioeconomy is increasingly recognised in Europe and beyond. Nevertheless, while the…

Have your say with the Public Feedbacks!

Three more Partnerships established within the framework of the Urban Agenda for the EU (Digital Transition, Circular Economy and Urban Mobility) have prepared their draft Action Plans, which now await public input. The informal Public Feedback on all three draft Action Plans is open as of today and closes on Friday, 16 March 2018. Interested stakeholders (e.g. institutions and authorities, academies and research centres, companies, NGOs, experts and citizens) are invited to participate and contribute to the draft actions developed by the Partnerships. Each draft action has its own survey,…

Latest Updates

  • By Anonymous

Bioeconomy and Energy WG: Opportunities for waste from the agri-food sector

Circularity is a core element of the European Commission’s vision for the EU bioeconomy. Applying the circular economy to the agri-food sector is important to increase resource efficiency and to produce biomass.

  • By Aki Ishiwa

Soil degradation: how to bring green land back to the community

The Emilia-Romagna Delegration invites you to the conference “Soil Degradation: how to bring green land back to community – the contribution of LIFE Biorest project”.

  • By Anna Tranberg

More circularity, less carbon - launch event

What if cities and regions could contribute to reducing the global carbon footprint thanks to the implementation of their local circular economy policies?

  • By Hilary Webb

Bio-based Industries Consortium - bioeconomy platform for regions

The Bio-based Industries Consortium are launching a digital platform to create partnerships between regions and industries. The concept is based on a digital, partnering platform where regions and industry can make contact based on mutual interest.

  • By Anonymous

EIT Food conference - The Future of Food Event

EIT Food’s first EU conference gathering policy-makers and food innovation experts to brainstorm on the future of food. The food sector is facing a number of challenges: malnutrition and obesity have become pandemics, more and more people speak out against factory farming and the sector is still responsible for 12-17% of the greenhouse gas emissions in Europe.

  • By Anna Tranberg

Sustainable Food - A systems approach for EU Policy

The EU is predicted to remain a net food importer for the next 30 years and creating a secure and sustainable system for the production of safe, nutritious and affordable food is both a critical European and global challenge.