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


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.

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


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

WG Events

WG Events

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

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 other materials. The applications are manifold, from pharmaceutical uses to biofuel and algal oil replacing fish oil. Research and innovation are needed to improve the techniques for mass production and processing and as pointed out in the Blue Bioeconomy Forum’s roadmap (published in November 2019) the legislation around the algae sector is a major bottleneck to advance the sector. In this meeting…

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

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,…

Pilots4U Survey

Have you brought, or are you looking to bring a bio-based, biorefinery or biotechnology innovation process towards commercialisation? We need your input to improve equipment and service provision in this important area! Pilots4U is seeking your help in participating in a short survey designed to gather information about the type of equipment and services that organisations like yours require, or are looking for, when bringing an innovative process towards commercialisation. ACCESS THE SURVEY HERE Survey responses will be completely anonymised and only if you provide contact details you might …

Bioeconomy Stakeholder Panel Newsletter

On 17th November, the Bioeconomy Stakeholder Panel invited intersted stakeholders from the bioeconomy industry to a open workshop session on the newly released Bioeconomy Manifesto. The event, "The Bioeconomy Manifesto as a Collaborative Tool for Facilitating Innovation and Growth for a Stronger European Bioeconomy" took place in Brussels on 17 November. The meeting was dedicated to the Bioeconomy Stakeholder Panel to shortly present the Bioeconomy Manifesto to the public and to reach out to interested actors in the bioeconomy sector for their inputs on the Manifesto and way forward. During…

A report on the Biorefining Potential for Scotland

The most detailed insight yet into the circular economy opportunities for bio-based waste and by-products generated in Scotland. In the Biorefining Potential for Scotland report, bio-resource arisings in Scotland have been mapped to understand the scale and shape of the potential market. It shows there are 27million tonnes of biomaterials produced in Scotland every year, with considerable scope of opportunity for development: thousands of tonnes of these valuable materials could be captured and put to high-value use. It also highlights opportunities for new job creation in Scotland,…

Bio Base NWE Project Wins RegioStars Award 2017

  The Bio Base NWE project, coordinated by Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant from 2013 to 2015, won the RegioStars Award 2017 in the category ‘Smart Specialisation for SME Innovation‘. Bio Base NWE, co-financed by the INTERREG IVB programme of the European Union, brought together bio-based economy experts from eight organisations in five different countries. Through this network, it provided technological solutions and networking opportunities to more than 755 SMEs, identified hurdles SMEs encounter during their innovation track and translated these into policy recommendations. 27 SMEs received…

Latest Updates

  • 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 Gaia Ialisa Marotta

Project on Smart Rural Areas in Europe

Metropolitan City of Turin (MCT) is a local authority located in Nothwest of Italy, bordering with South-East France. It is one of the largest metropolitan areas in terms of size and population and with a more than 50% rural territory, with a quite big urban pole at the centre: the Turin city. MCT is composed by 312 Municipalities that are mostly small and very small towns: 80% of the municipalities has less than 5,000 inhabitants.

  • By Ilaria d'Auria

Are you interested in developing innovative approaches to regional development via cultural tourism?

ERRIN is pooling the interest of Pilot / Mirror Regions for a Horizon 2020 project on cultural tourism.

  • By Gaia Ialisa Marotta

Are you interested in participating in a project on urban food systems?

ERRIN is looking at working in a Horizon2020 project in the field of urban food systems. The project will develop innovative solutions to enable urban food system transformation across Europe through empowering cities and their inhabitants as agents of change.

  • By Hilary Webb

Bio-based Industries Consortium - bioeconomy platform for regions

Deadline extended to 20 December. 

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek

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.