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.

Next Working Group Meetings

Next 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

Last Working Group Meetings

Last Working Group Meetings

Energy

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

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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

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…

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? With the campaign "More circularity, less carbon" ACR+ will encourage local public authorities to account for the carbon impact of their circular economy strategies. Even better: participating cities and regions will take steps at their local level to reduce the carbon emissions linked with local resource management by 25% by 2025! Discover how they will reach this ambitious goal on 19 November 2019. This new ACR+ campaign will be…

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. However, change is on the horizon. State-of-the-art plant-based products are battling meat and fish for the centre of the plate, digitalisation enables new forms of farming and behavioural scientists are exploring how best to nudge…

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. Our current food system is beset by multiple problems; unacceptable levels of food waste; significant contribution to greenhouse gas emissions; chronic soil depletion and recurrent food scares. At this event, we will examine the need for a systems approach to EU food policy including the tensions between agro-ecological approaches and advocates of ‘sustainable…

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. Large amounts of agricultural products are currently not used to their full potential or are simply not being used. Using waste from different types of feedstock – be it olive oil, swine, fruit, or dairy to name a few – to develop bioenergy, fertilisers, new chemicals etc. will significantly contribute to lower our impact on the climate and move towards the clean energy transition…

NAT Conference on Regional Forest Innovation

Forest-based busine​​sses contribute as much as 7% to economic growth. The sector employs over 3.5 million people across the European Union. It is the EU's third largest employer, just after the metal and food industries. In rural areas, in particular, forests are a key resource for improving quality of life and job creation and thereby keeping our rural communities alive and thriving. Regional cooperation in the EU is essential to facilitate the exchange of skills and bolster competitiveness of ​​our regions. The first part of the conference will look into challenges and issues linked to…

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 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

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. 

  • By Pieter Faber

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 the