EU Bioeconomy Conference 2022

Wednesday 6 October – Friday 7 October 2022 

 

Bioeconomy is one in which basic building blocks for materials, chemicals, and energy are derived from renewable biological resources. It has a central role in a more sustainable economic model for the European Union and investments will help Member States meet targets, as well as ensuring a fair and just transition for citizens. Knowledge and other outputs (e.g., new technologies) from Horizon Europe as well as evidence-based policies will support the bioeconomy and develop long-term solutions for European Green Deal objectives. It is also an opportunity for maintaining or reviving rural areas, creating employment in primary production and food sectors, boosting rural economies, and contributing to sustainable growth. A thriving bioeconomy will reduce migration to cities and attract newcomers to rural areas, supporting generational renewal in the agricultural sector.  

Bioeconomy innovation ecosystems can help guide development of sustainable solutions, reducing food waste and loss, upcycling waste streams, reducing CO2 emissions, improving income opportunities, and supplying services. This can be achieved through design of local bioeconomy policy strategies, creation of appropriate governance models for public-private partnerships, and formation of networks and financing systems that support technological innovations and innovative business models.  

What is more, major European financial institutions, like the European Investment Bank and the European Investment Fund, are willing to finance bioeconomy-based companies with ready-to-market products and services. These programmes fund companies, research organisations, and local policymakers, and create opportunities for new business networks to rise and thrive. Development of bioeconomy sectors also allows countries to be more autonomous in sourcing resources for energy and real estate sectors by replacing imported materials with alternatives that are more sustainable.  

A central theme of this conference was the importance of European youth and the education sector in boosting transition to a new bioeconomy-based economy. New skills and innovative mindsets are needed in coming years to drive the shift from profit-centered to more sustainable and mindful. 

Background: 

The European Commission hosted the EU Bioeconomy Conference 2022, a two-day event for major European stakeholders in the bioeconomy industry. Bioeconomy encompasses all sectors and associated services and investments that produce, use, process, distribute, or consume biological resources. Bioeconomy is already one of the Union’s largest sectors, be it the food we eat or the furniture in our home, or the clothes we wear. Thus, bioeconomy is core to European Green Deal transformation. 

Speakers 

  • QU Dongyu – Director-General at Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 
  • Joanna Drake – Deputy Director-General at European Commission 
  • Maired McGuinness – European Commissioner for financial services, financial stability and Capital Markets Union at European Commission
  • Ladislav Miko – Advisor to minister at Ministry of Environment 
  • Catia Bastioli – CEO at NOVAMONT SPA 
  • John Bell – Director at European Commission 
  • Wolfgang Burtscher – Director-General at European Commission 
  • Petri Peltonen – Under-Secretary of State at Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment
  • Frans Timmermans – Executive Vice-President at European Commission 
  • Joachim von Braun – Professor at Bonn University, Center for Development Research (ZEF) 
  • Luc Bas – Head of Coordination, Networks and Strategy at European Environment Agency 
  • Annica Bresky – President and CEO at Stora Enso 
  • Patrick Child – Deputy Director-General at European Commission 
  • Hannah Mowat – Campaigns coordinator at Fern 
  • Henry Neufeldt – Head – Impact Assessment and Adaptation at UNEP Copenhagen Climate Centre 
  • Pierre Bascou – Director at Commission européenne 
  • Carlos Calvo Ambel – Senior Director, non-road policy and analysis at Transport & Environment 
  • Maria Helena Semedo – FAO Deputy Director-General at The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 
  • Acacia Smith – Senior Policy Manager at The Good Food Institute Europe 
  • Pieter Nachtergaele – EU Bioeconomy Youth Ambassador – Educator and Researcher at Ghent University 
  • Giulia Cancian – Secretary General at EBA 

Link to event’s host: link https://ec.europa.eu/info/index_en

Link to the event’s page: https://eu-bioeconomy-conference-2022.b2match.io/

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