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…

Time's up for food waste! Setting the EU action agenda towards 2030

An interactive conference on the subject of food loss and waste prevention will take place this December, on the occasion of the 7th meeting of the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste. The event is open to all stakeholders active in the area, who wish to better understand and further contribute to tackling food waste, particularly in regards to the EU's contribution.  This event, organised by the Commission under the Finnish Presidency to the Council of the EU, is an opportunity to help define the EU agenda towards the goal of halving food waste by 2030.  To attend this event you need…

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…

WG Related Content

WG Related Content

European Commission unveils European Green Deal

Today the European Commission is presenting the ‘European Green Deal’ in the European Parliament. The deal, presented by President Ursula von der Leyen and Frans Timmermans, is pitched to be a response to the challenges of climate change and a bid to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. It is also an integral part of the Commission’s strategy to implement the UN 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. One of the goals is to mobilise European research and foster innovation. The ambitious deal lays out plans for caring for the continent’s natural capacity while…

Searching for project partners participating in EU-call CE-FNR-17-2020

We are Bauhaus-Institute for Infrastructure Solutions (b.is) at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar in Germany. Our research topics focus on resource and nutrient recovery from wastewater and biowaste. In the Horizon 2020 work programme the European Union has released the call "Pilot circular bio-based cities - sustainable production of bio-based products from urban biowaste and wastewater" (CE-FNR-17-2020) for which we are going to hand in a proposal. Please find the call attached (or here: https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/portal/screen/opportunities/topic-details/ce-fnr-17-…

Bio-based Industries Consortium - bioeconomy platform for regions

Deadline extended to 20 December.  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…

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.

Latest Updates

  • By Hilary Webb

Innovative SMEs sought to detect and remove pharmaceuticals from wastewater

The Water Test Network is looking for SMEs with the ability to detect and/or remove pharmaceuticals from wastewater. The funded opportunity includes a chance to test the technology on a full-scale municipal wastewater treatment plant.

  • By Hilary Webb

Bio-based Industries Consortium - bioeconomy platform for regions

Deadline extended to 20 December. 

  • By Hilary Webb

European Commission unveils European Green Deal

The European Commission presents its European Green Deal ahead of a debate in the European Parliament.

  • By Hilary Webb

Time's up for food waste! Setting the EU action agenda towards 2030

The European Commission is hosting an interactive conference where participants will help set the agenda in the fight against food waste.

  • By David Gaeckle

Searching for project partners participating in EU-call CE-FNR-17-2020

This call requires a project consortium of different cities or clusters of cities considering a geographical spread around Europe. Based on this requirement we are looking for further project partners who are willing to establish a European network of bio-based cities with innovative biowaste/waste water treatment technologies or comparable approaches. During our current research about potential partners and cities we figured out increasing efforts in sustainable handling of human waste matter.

  • By Anna Tranberg

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.