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

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

Bioeconomy WG

Bioeconomy WG webinar: Ensuring a sufficient provision of skills for an innovative European forestry sector

Anna Tranberg

The Council conclusions from 15 April 2019 highlight the need to further promote research, innovation, and the deployment of technologies in forests and the forest-based sector, as well as the need

Last Working Group Meetings

Last Working Group Meetings

Bioeconomy WG

Future prospects of algae cultivation for a greener and more sustainable society

Anna Tranberg

Algae – being a rich source of proteins, antioxidants, and oils – is becoming increasingly interesting as a sustainable raw material in food, feed, nutrition supplements as well as bioplastics and

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

WG Events

WG Events

EU Green Week 2020

Nature and biodiversity are the themes of EU Green Week 2020, which will take place in Brussels this coming June. This is the biggest annual event on the European environment policy calendar, providing an opportunity for stakeholder debate at all levels.  While the main events will take place in Brussels, many side events with partner organisations will take place across Europe.  The event will explore possible pathways for change and examine how EU policies, like the European Green Deal, will help to protect, restore and sustainably manage nature. EU Green Week 2020 will take place from 20…

BBI JU call for proposals - online project facilitation workshop

The Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking recently published the 2020 BBI JU Call for proposals (deadline: 3 September 2020). With an indicative budget of €102 million, it covers 16 topics across four strategic orientations: feedstock, process, products, and market uptake. Please find a complete list of the calls at the bottom of the page. You can also find more information here. The workshop is open to both ERRIN members and external partners.  ERRIN's project facilitation process One of ERRIN’s missions is to increase project opportunities for members by providing possibilities for…

Bioeconomy WG webinar: Ensuring a sufficient provision of skills for an innovative European forestry sector

The Council conclusions from 15 April 2019 highlight the need to further promote research, innovation, and the deployment of technologies in forests and the forest-based sector, as well as the need to strengthen skills through academic and vocational education. Several policies and initiatives exist on an EU level to promote skills in the forestry sector. It is also a topic that could be further addressed in the EU Forestry Strategy set to be published at the end of this year. At the same time, the third wave of sector skills alliances include bioeconomy and new technologies and innovation…

Web-conference: A circular bioeconomy: Providing solutions to the EU Green Recovery Plan

The bioeconomy has a pivotal role to play in the transition to a more circular, sustainable and resource-efficient society. In order to achieve food security, meet climate and renewable energy targets and accelerate progress towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as important elements of the EU Green deal, the bioeconomy sectors need to continue to invest and innovate from knowledge exchange and training to renewable and biobased solutions that will replace fossil-based ones. The event will provide the opportunity to have an open exchange based on concrete examples…

Webinar - Innovative solutions for Forest management: the experience of the LIFE project “Resilient Forests”

A sustainable and effective forest management is a key element to tackle climate change and to preserve our precious environment. The Resilient Forest project is developing new tools and approaches for a new and innovative way to manage our forests.Moderators Maurizio Cocchi and Giulio Poggiaroni (EUBIA)Speakers Maria Gonzàlez Sanchis (Technical University of Valencia) Antonio del Campo (Technical University of Valencia) Félix Francés (Technical University of Valencia) Manuel Pulido (Technical University of Valencia)Agenda 1. Introduction: The project Resilient Forest 2. Adaptive forest…

Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, this event has been postponed. Please check the links below for the latest updates.  The annual Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference is organised by the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee. It is a chance for stakeholders to meet, share ideas, grow networks and learn about EU policy developments in the realm of circular economy.  Further details will follow, read more here. 

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WG Related Content

Next Generation EU proposed as recovery programme in new EU budget

The European Commission has put forward its proposal for the recovery plan, Next Generation EU, which will be included within the long-term EU budget. The recovery instrument should ensure the sustainable, inclusive and fair recovery for the EU. The budget earmarks €94.4 billion for Horizon Europe where research in health and green and digital transitions will be crucial. Next Generation EU will have a budget of €750 billion, as well as targeted reinforcements to the long-term EU budget for 2021-2027 – making the EU budget’s new total for this period €1.85 trillion. The money raised for…

The Commission adopts a new EU Biodiversity Strategy

Today, 20 May 2020, the European Commission adopted a comprehensive new Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 to bring nature back into our lives.  In line with the European Green Deal, the strategy proposes ambitious actions and commitments at the EU level to halt biodiversity loss in Europe and worldwide. The strategy puts the citizen at the centre by committing to increase the protection of land and sea, restoring degraded ecosystems, and establishing the EU as an international leader when it comes to biodiversity protection.  The new Biodiversity Strategy addresses the key drivers of…

Farm to Fork Strategy

The Farm to Fork Strategy presented today by the Commission aims for healthy and sustainable EU food system. The main priorities focus on tackling the climate change, preserving the biodiversity, protecting the environment, and enhancing access to healthy organic food. The strategy envisages some major changes in the food production processes, biodiversity protection and approach to health by building a food chain that works for consumers, producers, climate and the environment. Until 2030, the strategy aims to achieve: - reduction of pesticides use by 50%, - reduction of fertilizer use by…

European Green Deal call - have your say!

The Green Deal call will mobilise research and innovation to foster a just and sustainable societal transition aiming at ‘leaving nobody behind’. Projects are expected to deliver tangible and visible results relatively quickly and show how research and innovation can provide concrete solutions for the Green Deal main priorities. This is why the call will support: pilot applications, demonstration projects and innovative products innovation for better governance of the green and digital transition  social and value chain innovation In addition to technological development and…

New platform to advance European bioeconomy

The Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) has launched a new partnering platform to connect industries with European regions. The platform has been developed to accelerate the green recovery in Europe's rural and regional areas by offering them support in the Smart Specialisation Strategies.  Around 50 European regions currently participate in the platform thanks to BIC's partnership with the CoR. The existing organisations represent a broad geography with regions from north, south, west and the east of Europe. The region remains open to additional regions.  The interactive platform enables…

Call for input - preparation of the CoR Opinion the 'New Circular Economy Action Plan'

The European Committee of the Regions' ENVE Commission has launched an online stakeholders' consultation with the purpose of gathering input for its upcoming opinion on the new Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP) which was published on the 11th of March 2020 by the European Commission (EC) as part of the European Green Deal. This online consultation, which will provide the rapporteur Tjisse STELPSTRA (NL/ECR) and his expert Ingrid ZEEGERS with comments and suggestions, is open to representatives of local and regional authorities (LRAs) and their stakeholder associations. Experts, officials…

Latest Updates

  • By Hilary Webb

Next Generation EU proposed as recovery programme in new EU budget

The European Commission has put forward its proposal for the recovery plan, Next Generation EU, which will be included within the long-term EU budget. The recovery instrument should ensure the sustainable, inclusive and fair recovery for the EU.

  • By Anna Tranberg

The Commission adopts a new EU Biodiversity Strategy

Today, 20 May 2020, the European Commission adopted a comprehensive new Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 to bring nature back into our lives. 

  • By Katarzyna Faruga

Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences (UPWr) is looking for partners for the BBI JU call

Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences - UPWr is looking for a consortium or a coordinator interested in the BBI JU call.

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

Farm to Fork Strategy

The Farm to Fork Strategy aims for healthy and sustainable EU food system. The main priorities focus on tackling the climate change, preserving the biodiversity, protecting the environment, and enhancing access to healthy organic food.

  • By Anna Tranberg

European Green Deal call - have your say!

Help shape the call by taking part in the surveys for each of the 11 areas. Deadline 3 June 2020.

  • By Hilary Webb

New platform to advance European bioeconomy

The Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) has launched a new partnering platform to connect industries with European regions.