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The 2nd World BioEconomy Forum at Ruka, Finland
September 11-13, 2019

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Experts from the leading edge of bioeconomy gather together in the outstanding nature of northeast Finland for roundtable discussions at the second ever World BioEconomy Forum in September 2019!

Speaker Updates

Take a look at some of the Executives joining the panels at World BioEconomy  Forum 2019:



Anatoly Frishman, the CEO of Sveza, will join panel 3, the CEO Panel, where global leaders will elaborate opportunities and challenges of BioEconomy. Russia-based company Sveza is one of the leading plywood producers in the world.



Tony Duncan, the CEO of Circa Group, will join panel 4 on Circular Bioeconomy
to discuss converting waste cellulose to sustainable value-added products.



Tuomas Mustonen, the CEO of Paptic, will be talking about replacing paper and plastics on panel 5, Evolving value chains based on bio-feedstocks - Case plastics
See more on the program and speakers here
Speaker Insights

We asked some of our panelists about the future of plastics across industries - See how they responded below:
 


Michael Carus, Founder and Managing Director of Nova-Institute. One of the top figures in the European Bieconomy and was nominated Person of The Year 2018 by BioPlastics News.
Can you give us your opinion of the Bioeconomy as a concept from where you stand? 

The bio-based economy must become part of an overarching renewable carbon strategy, in which it represents one important pillar. Renewable carbon is a collective term that includes all carbon sources that avoid or substitute the utilisation of any additional fossil carbon from the geosphere. Renewable carbon can come from the atmosphere (through carbon capture and utilisation, CCU), biosphere (through biomass utilisation) or technosphere (through recycling or CCU) – but not from the geosphere. These are the only three sources of renewable carbon: Recycling, bio-based and CO2-based.
 
Regarding your company or institutional strategy, what are you doing to further the reduction of the use of plastics across industries?  
 
Why should the use of plastics be reduced? In most cases, plastics are the best choice of material - especially from an environmental point of view. In future, plastics must be based on renewable carbon and waste must no longer be allowed to end up in the environment - or be biodegradable to reduce risk. I am convinced that we will use more and not less plastics in the future!

How will the event in Ruka help towards your goal? 
 
High-level networking and bringing together different sectors and ideas is the key to success, and this is exactly what happens in Ruka.

 


Anna Tenhunen, Senior Scientist, Project Manager, VTT

 

Can you give us your opinion of the Bioeconomy as a concept from where you stand?

Bioeconomy is already an important part of our everyday lives and will only become more integral in the future. Sustainable circular bioeconomy provides answers to the global challenges as it offers the possibility to move away from fossil-based to biobased economies across different sectors. Bioeconomy requires a strong innovation ground, a multidisciplinary approach and strong scientific and technological competences to optimize the use of natural resources in the most efficient and sustainable way both in terms of material efficiency and production of high performance and value-adding applications.

Regarding your company or institutional strategy, what are you doing to further the reduction of the use of plastics across industries?  

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is one of the leading R&D&I organisations in Europe and we provide innovative technologies for companies across industries. We focus on circular plastics by developing recycling and refining technologies with a focus on optimising closed loop and cascade recycling approaches for both fossil and biobased solutions, creating sustainable biobased alternatives for plastics, and by improving plastics by creating safer additives and solutions to mitigate their environmental impacts eg. in regards to released microplastics.

How will the event in Ruka help towards your goal? 

We at VTT actively work towards circular bioeconomy and strongly believe that the best way to innovate and create sustainable biobased solutions to the markets is through collaboration. Especially as at the core of VTT is R&D&I and we are in a way technology providers rather than industrial actors, I look forward to good discussions across the value chain to see what kind of activities we could together take to enhance the circular bioeconomy. That said, it is going to be great to be among like-minded and find new connections and reinforce the ones already made.

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