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Letter from Bio-Industry CEOs to EU for Green Recovery

63 BIC industry members CEOs and C-level representatives have signed an open letter addressed EU Commissioners calling for a stronger recognition of the bio-based sector in the EU's green recovery.

The bio-based industries – key to the green recovery – Calling for a stronger recognition of the bio-based sector

Dear Executive First Vice-President Timmermans,

Dear Commissioner Wojciechowski,

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Dear Commissioner Gabriel,

Dear Commissioner Ferreira,

Dear Commissioner Sinkevičius,

Dear Commissioner Breton,

Europe is undergoing an unprecedented crisis and the impacts are felt in all aspects of our daily lives. While our society is facing challenging times, the bio-based industries welcome the immediate reaction from the European Commission to formulate a common response to the crisis and its economic consequences.

With about 700 billion EUR turnover and 3.6 million people employed, the bio-based industries are helping to alleviate the impact of the crisis by keeping essential services running and maintaining green jobs.

Our companies are providing much-needed supplies such as food and feed ingredients, (compostable) packaging, hand sanitisers, masks, tissues, and energy from renewable feedstock.

The future impacts of the crisis are unpredictable. What is predictable, however, is that climate change will not halt if we do not take action.

Reducing Europe’s dependency on fossil-based resources, sustaining healthy ecosystems and reaching the climate neutrality goal will require better integration across sectors to create more circular and innovative bio-based solutions.

To quote President von der Leyen, the European Green Deal is “an opportunity to rebuild our economies differently and make them more resilient”.

The bio-based sector can help by turning the crisis into new opportunities for green growth and by being a strong partner in the EU’s green economic recovery.

We are integrating ‘traditional’ industrial sectors into innovative value chains in making the European bioeconomy the global leader.

We sustainably use domestic renewable feedstock from agriculture, forestry and fisheries as well as residues and bio-waste, and process it in state-of-the-art biorefineries to provide bio-based solutions for our customers and consumers

. We help to improve food security, foster circularity, stimulate rural development and maintain green jobs in EU regions.

It is necessary to build on the positive impacts of the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) and to fully implement the EU Bioeconomy Strategy.

To enable our industry to fully deploy its potential, the European Green Deal should better recognise the importance of the bioeconomy and support the private-public partnership ‘Circular Bio-based Europe’.

Only together can private and public sectors ensure that economic recovery and green growth go hand in hand.

Our companies are committed to investing in circular and innovative bio-based solutions in Europe, paving the way to a more sustainable and resilient future.

ADM EMEA – Ismael Roig – President

AEP Polymers – Alan Patrick Giles – CEO

Algae 4 Future – Nuno Coelho – CEO

AlgaEnergy S.A – Augusto Rodríguez-Villa Matons – President

API Europe MEPE – Theodora Retsina – CEO

Arbiom – Marc Chevrel – President

BE-Basic Foundation – Abraham Brouwer – Managing Director

Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant – Wim Soetaert – CEO

BioEconomy Cluster – Matthias Zscheile – CEO

Bio-Mi – Filip Miketa – CEO

Biosphere S.r.l – Mario Riciputi – Chairman of the Board

Biotrend – Bruno Sommer Ferreira – CEO

BioVale – Sarah Hickingbottom – CEO

Borregaard – Per Arthur Sørlie – President and CEO

Capax Biobased Development – Bart Tambuyser – CEO

Cellicon – Ton Runneboom – CEO

Celtic Renewables Ltd. – Mark Simmers – CEO

Centro Ricerche per la Chimica Fine S.r.l – Samuele Giovando – CEO

ChainCraft – Niels van Stralen – Co-founder and Director

Circular Biobased Delta – Willem Sederel – Chairman of the Board

Clariant – Hariolf Kottmann – Executive Chairman

CLIB – Cluster Industrielle Biotechnologie- Dennis Herzberg – Managing Director and Cluster Manager

CLIC Innovation Oy – Jatta Jussila – CEO

Consorzio Italbiotec – Diego Bosco – CEO

Corbion – Olivier Rigaud – CEO

Cosun – Albert Markusse – CEO

CTA – Corporación Tecnológica de Andalucía – Elias Atienza – CEO

Dutch Biorefinery Cluster – Ger Willems – Chair of the Board

EnginZyme – Karim Engelmark Cassimjee – CEO

Evonik Industries – Ulrich Küsthardt – CIO

Fertinagro Biotech – Jose Luis Moya – CEO

FiberLean Technologies Ltd – Paris Kyriacopoulos – CEO

Flanders’ Food – Inge Arents – Managing Director

Fortum Oyj – Pekka Lundmark – President and CEO

Glanbia Ireland DAC – Jim Bergin – CEO

Graanul Invest AS – Raul Kirjanen – CEO

GreenWin – Véronique Graff – Managing Director

IAR, the French Bioeconomy Cluster – Yvon Le Hénaff – Chairman of the Board

IBioIC – Mark Bustard – CEO

InnovEn S.r.l – Fausto Tagliaferro – President

Irish Bioeconomy Foundation – Stephen Napier – CEO

Kaneka Europe Holding Company NV and Kaneka Belgium NV – Shinji Mizusawa – President

LanzaTech Inc. – Jennifer Holmgren – CEO

MBio, Innovation arm of Monaghan Mushrooms – Peter Corcoran – CEO

Metabolic EXplorer – Benjamin Gonzalez – CEO

MetGen Oy – Alex Michine – CEO

Metsä Group – Ilkka Hämälä – President and CEO

Natac Biotech SL – Antonio Delgado – CEO

Neste Corp. – Peter Vanacker – President and CEO

Norske Skog Golbey – Yves Bailly – Managing Director

Nova Pangaea Technologies (UK) Ltd – Sarah Ellerby – Chief Executive

Novamont S.p.A – Catia Bastioli – CEO

Novozymes – Ester Baiget Arnau – CEO

OLEON SAS – Moussa Naciri – President

Process Design Centre – Hans Keuken – Managing Director

Royal DSM – Dimitri de Vreeze – Co-CEO & Managing Board Member

Sappi Europe SA – Berend John Wiersum – CEO

Södra – Peter Karlsson – President/CEO

Stora Enso – Annica Bresky – President and CEO

Südzucker – Thomas Kirchberg, – COO & Member of the Executive Board

SUSPACC – Bart Labrie – President

Unilever – Peter ter Kulve – President, Home Care

UPM Kymmene Corporation – Jussi Pesonen – President and CEO


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