Sustainable & Circular Bioeconomy, the European Way | Brussels, Belgium

22 October 2018
Charlemagne Building, Brussels, Belgium

The emerging bioeconomy is moving from research niche to market norm and Europe needs to maintain its current global leadership.The High Level Bioeconomy conference, organized by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, will focus on the need to have a sustainable and circular bioeconomy to enhance the transition in a changed EU policy context and towards a new environmental, social and economic reality. It will set the scene for the start of the discussion about synergetic actions across different priority areas:

  • support strategic research and innovation, and strengthen support for education and training
  • upscale the bio-based sectors, mobilise investments, support the creation of markets, develop better monitoring
  • encourage the adoption, update and coherence of national and regional Bioeconomy Strategies throughout Europe with citizens engagement
  • strengthen the understanding and resilience of land and sea ecosystems
  • monitoring and assessment of bioeconomy development

The first session, Ensuring environmental, social and economic balance of the bioeconomy, will discuss how to operate the bioeconomy in a safe operating space balancing economic, social and environmental needs. This will include the protection of ecosystem, the research to increase sustainability and efficiency of production and ultimately the consumption affecting the safe operating space. During this session, Catia Bastioli, CEO of Novamont, will discuss the BBI JU project First2Run.

The second session, Key Strategic Research priorities, will address the need of strategic research and innovation in areas that are key to the bioeconomy. The discussion will focus on what are the needs and how better deploy resources for the development of new technologies and processes as well as research food systems linked to the bioeconomy sector.

The third session, on Local development, will focus on the importance of encouraging the adoption, update and coherence of Bioeconomy Strategies throughout Europe, and support the EU rural, coastal and urban areas in exploiting opportunities offered by existing and new bioeconomy value chains, with citizens engagement.

The fourth session, Investments, Markets and the Bio-Based Sector, will discuss how to mobilise investments- including through the deployment of new financial Instruments- to strengthen and upscale existing and new technologies in order to support the creation of markets for more sustainable and circular bioeconomy products and processes. 

A panel will also discuss the Synergies between EU programmes and policy supporting the bioeconomy.

During the event, a bioeconomy corner will showcase tangible bio-based products, including from several BBI JU's projects. 

Registration is on "first come first served" basis. The event will be webstreamed.