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What role does Bio-Based play within circular economy

Worldwide production of bio-based products is predicted to grow from approximately $203.3 billion in 2015 to $400 billion by 2020 and $487 billion by 2024.* The opportunities are there, and the bio-based sector needs to have the right conditions to build on the growing appetite for bio-based products. Value-chain integration, efficient production processes, and regulatory and financial support are all key to success. Questions remain however over how bio-based products and fuels fit into the current sustainability landscape. Governments and brands are emphasizing the need for the recycling of waste streams. The bio-based sector can play an important role within the realisation of this circular economy.

Moderator: Luke Upton, Editor, Bio-Based World News

Interview 1: Supporting and regulating a sustainable bio-economy

Thomas Arnold world bio markets

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Interview 2: The bio-economy as a tool for managing carbon

David Babson world bio markets

  • Valuing environmental services such as carbon management
  • What metrics need to be considered for measuring bio-markets
  • Pricing broader bio-product values
  • David Babson, Senior Advisor, US Department of Agriculture

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Interview 3: Riding the green wave

Gabe Davies world bio markets

  • Why should surfers care about the sustainability of their surfing products?
  • The Yulex neoprene-free wetsuit story.
  • Patagonia’s wider mission to position itself as a sustainable brand.
  • Gabe Davies, European Surf Manager, Patagonia

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Interview 4: Building a bio-based portfolio

  • Henri Colens, Public Affairs Manager, Braskem

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Interview 5: A look at the investment landscape: what are the opportunities and challenges?

  • Rob van der Meij, Investment Manager, Capricorn Venture Partners

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Interview 6: Status and outlook for the European bio-economy

Micheal Carus

  • What are the drivers for growth in the bio-economy and how can growth be sustained?
  • The challenges of competing when the price of oil is low.
  • New technologies, innovations, and market trends.
  • Michael Carus, Chief Executive Officer, Nova Institute
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Panel discussion: Enabling the ongoing success of the bio-economy.

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  • What regulatory drivers are needed to support the bio-based sector?
  • Is bio-based always equal to environmentally friendly?
  • Green investment: how important is sustainability to shareholders?
  • What is the incentive for big chemicals and fuels producers to engage more with the bio-economy?
  • How engaged are brands and end users with bio-based alternatives?
  • Panelists
    • Thomas Arnold, Advisor Sustainable Bioeconomy, European Commission
    • Gabe Davies, European Surf Manager, Patagonia
    • David Babson, Senior Advisor, US Department of Agriculture
    • Jos Peeters, Managing Partner, Capricorn Venture Partners
    • Gustavo Sergi, Renewable Chemicals Business Director, Braskem
    • Michael Carus, Chief Executive Officer, Nova Institute

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