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Innovative Bio-based Products Conference: Investment, Environmental Impacts and Future Perspectives Live Coverage

The Conference is taking place today in Brussels. Follow it live on bioplasticsnews.com. The purpose is to provide key insights on the bioeconomy industry: environmental impacts, investment potential and innovative bio-based products. Here's the provisional programme

09:30 Welcome, high-level statements

  • Speaker from the European Commission (TBC)
  • John Bell, Director of Bioeconomy, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission

09:50 Opening Session

  • Moderator: Peter Woodward
  • Mieke De Schoenmakere, European Environment Agency

Innovative Bio-based Products Conference: Investment, Environmental Impacts and Future Perspectives

Innovative Bio-based Products Conference: Investment, Environmental Impacts and Future Perspectives

Innovative Bio-based Products Conference: Investment, Environmental Impacts and Future Perspectives

Innovative Bio-based Products Conference: Investment, Environmental Impacts and Future Perspectives

Innovative Bio-based Products Conference: Investment, Environmental Impacts and Future Perspectives

Innovative Bio-based Products Conference: Investment, Environmental Impacts and Future Perspectives

Innovative Bio-based Products Conference: Investment, Environmental Impacts and Future Perspectives

10:05 Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of seven innovative bio-based products

  • Li Shen, Utrecht University

Innovative Bio-based Products Conference: Investment, Environmental Impacts and Future Perspectives

Innovative Bio-based Products Conference: Investment, Environmental Impacts and Future Perspectives

Innovative Bio-based Products Conference: Investment, Environmental Impacts and Future Perspectives

Innovative Bio-based Products Conference: Investment, Environmental Impacts and Future Perspectives

Innovative Bio-based Products Conference: Investment, Environmental Impacts and Future Perspectives

Innovative Bio-based Products Conference: Investment, Environmental Impacts and Future Perspectives

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10:20 Some key LCA methodological aspects related to the LCA case studies

  • Rana Pant, Team Leader, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Directorate
    Sustainable Resources – Bio-Economy Unit (D1)

10:30 Mini-panel with:

  • Li Shen, Utrecht University
  • Rana Pant, Team Leader, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Directorate
    Sustainable Resources – Bio-Economy Unit (D1)
  • Rob van der Meij, Investment Manager, Capricorn Venture Partners
  • Udo Felten, Manager Product Related Global Environmental Sustainability and Affairs, SIG
  • Gerfried Jungmeier, Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft

10:50 COFFEE BREAK

11:20 EU success stories, with insights on the bio-based sector and the investment potential it offers. 

  • Malene Sand Jespersen, COWI

11:3 The Winding Road to Success for Bio-based Products: Journey of the ins and outs for CelluComp and its owners

  • Christian Kemp-Griffin, Executive Director and CEO, CelluComp

11:45 Mini-panel with:

  • Malene Sand Jespersen, COWI
  • Christian Kemp-Griffin, Executive Director and CEO of CelluComp
  • Rob van der Meij, Investment Manager, Capricorn Venture Partners
  • Udo Felten, Manager Product Related Global Environmental Sustainability and Affairs, SIG
  • Gerfried Jungmeier, Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft

12:05 Top emerging bio-based products, their properties and industrial applications

  • Paola Fabbri, University of Bologna

12:15 The Avantium approach for bio-based chemicals, from ideation towards flagships

  • Ed de Jong, VP Development at Avantium Technologies

12:30 Mini-panel with:

  • Paola Fabbri, University of Bologna
  • Ed de Jong, Avantium Technologies BV
  • Rob van der Meij, Investment Manager, Capricorn Venture Partners
  • Udo Felten, Manager Product Related Global Environmental Sustainability and Affairs, SIG
  • Gerfried Jungmeier, Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft

Session I: Environmental impact of innovative bio-based products

  • Moderator: Alex Williamson, Bio Based World News

In this session, the focus will be on the environmental performance of bio-based products through environmental Life Cycle Assessments (LCA). The novelty aspects of the LCA methodology applied in the project, e.g. land-use change impacts, end of life modelling and comparison with fossil reference products will be discussed.

Introduction to the main modelling approach, impact categories and initial cradle-to-gate results illustrated for the case study of single-use drinking cups for cold drinks

  • Christian Moretti, Utrecht University

Determination of the fossil reference product and comparison of impacts

  • Li Shen, Utrecht University

Modelling of direct and indirect land-use impacts and other non-PEF impact categories

  • Lorie Hamelin, Hamelinlab Consulting / COWI

End-of-Life scenarios for bio-based and fossil products – advanced modelling and effect on impact categories

  • Linda Høibye, COWI

Panel discussion with speakers Wrap up and closing

Session II: Successes in mobilising finance for the development and commercialisation of bio-based products

  • Moderator: Luke Upton, Bio Based World News

In this session we will look at some of the different ways in which market can be reached, private finance can be mobilized or profitability can be achieved and hear from those companies and organisations with direct experience in these crucial dimensions of success.

Presentation of study: key observations regarding risks and drivers on a) financing, b) commercialisation

  • Lucas Bossard, COWI

Financing bio-based industries through partnerships Suzy Renckens, Bio-Based Industries Consortium Deciding on investments – the process

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

Panel discussion with:

  • Tuomas Mustonen, Paptic® bags
  • Pieter Imhof, BioBTX B.V.
  • Giulia Gregori, Novamont S.p.A.
  • Tuomas Hänninen, Lumir Oy
  • Jeremiah Dutton, Trifilon AB
  • Lucas Bossard, COWI
  • Suzy Renckens, Bio-Based Industries Consortium

Q&A

Session III: Prospecting the Bioeconomy: What products are most promising?

  • Moderator: Paola Fabbri, University of Bologna

This session will present and discuss the top 20 innovative bio-based products that have been identified as having the greatest potential for deployment in the next 5- 10 years, with focus on the most relevant value chains from key biomass intermediates.

Is Lignin the new oil?Panel discussion with:

  • Paola Fabbri, University of Bologna
  • Piret Kukk Fischer, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI
  • Ludo Diels, VITO Q&A Urban wastes: mainly a need of reduction or a great value? panel discussion with:
  • Paola Fabbri, University of Bologna
  • Martijn Vis, BTG Biomass Technology Group
  • Martin Junginger, Utrecht University

Emerging innovative bio-based products from BBI JU projects

  • Paloma Mallorquin, Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking

Let’s look into the future of bio-based products: what’s up? Open discussion with:

  • Davide Viaggi, University of Bologna
  • Fabio Fava, University of Bologna
  • Paloma Mallorquin, Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking Q&A

16:00 Closing Session – Report from Parallel Sessions and Panel Discussion with:

  • Rob van der Meij, Investment Manager, Capricorn Venture Partners
  • Udo Felten, Manager Product Related Global Environmental Sustainability and Affairs, SIG
  • Gerfried Jungmeier, Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft

16:50 Closing remarks

  • Gaia Fantechi, Head of Unit, DG Research & Innovation, F2 Bio-based Products and
    Processing


FUNDING

  • European Commission, Directorate-General Research & Innovation (DG Research & Innovation)

ORGANIZER

  • Ecologic Institute, Germany

PARTNER

  • COWI, Denmark
  • University of Bologna (UNIBO), Italy
  • Utrecht University (UU), Netherlands
  • Bio-Based World News, United Kingdom
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI (Fraunhofer ISI), Germany

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