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World BioEconomy Forum goes virtual - Live from Ruka!

The 3rd World BioEconomy Forum streamed live from Ruka, Finland
10th September 2020

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World BioEconomy Forum goes virtual
- live from Ruka, Finland!
The World BioEconomy Forum Awards will be awarded for the first time at the end of the virtual event 2020 - Find out more at the end of this letter!

Scroll down to see what our speakers Pasi Laine (CEO, Valmet) and Mercedes Alonso (Executive Vice President, Renewable Polymers and Chemicals, Neste) have to say about the circular bioeconomy and what they expect from the World BioEconomy Forum 2020!
 
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Interviewing our speakers

Pasi Laine
CEO
Valmet
How important is the circular bioeconomy to your business and the industries you serve, and do you have a specific, inclusive, bioeconomy strategy for the future for the company you lead?  
 
Valmet’s mission is “converting renewable resources into sustainable results”. Our strategy is to develop and supply competitive process technology, services and automation to the pulp, paper and energy industries. It would be fair to say that circular bioeconomy is at the core of our operations, as well as that of our customers. Therefore, we do not have a separate bioeconomy strategy in the company, as the bioeconomy already has such a central role in everything we do. But, going beyond that, we also believe in resource efficiency and protection of the environment. For this reason, we aim to develop technologies and solutions that enable our customers to minimize water, energy and chemicals use, and to minimize emissions. We want to be part of the solution to meeting climate and biodiversity goals of the future.
 
Do you see the circular bioeconomy as having an important role in the post Covid-19 world?  
 
Yes, absolutely. We are happy to see that green recovery is part of many regions’ response on how to build growth after the pandemic. This is a great opportunity to accelerate the pace of changes anyhow needed in our societies, and a possibility to create growth, jobs and investment in the circular bioeconomy sector. For example, in the EU, the Commission’s recovery strategy is based on the European Green Deal – a growth strategy where the circular economy, bioeconomy, renewable energies and agriculture pay a central role.
 
The pandemic has created an unprecedented situation for people and the economy, but it is important to keep an eye on the large long-term challenges that need tackling. In the coming decade, the world needs to shift into a new gear for implementing solutions to mitigate and adapt to climate change, in line with the Paris agreement. The UN has also declared the coming decade a Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. The bioeconomy sector can and should have an important and constructive role in finding sound and sustainable solutions for these challenges.
 
The World Bioeconomy Forum has a diverse range of high-level speakers and panelists, what are you hoping to achieve by taking part in the event, and what are your hopes for the future of the circular bioeconomy?      
 
We do not have all the solutions for the future. Therefore, discussion and dialogue between different stakeholders is needed, and the Forum provides a good platform for this. To put it short, I’m looking for a lively discussion that can challenge possible presumptions, and help the sector with making the roadmap to the future clearer.
 

Mercedes Alonso
Executive Vice President, Renewable Polymers and Chemicals
Neste
How important is the circular bioeconomy to your business and the industries you serve, and do you have a specific, inclusive, bioeconomy strategy for the future for the company you lead? 

Neste’s business is built upon the circular bioeconomy; it is in our DNA and plays a key role in our strategy. Our business focuses on reducing climate emissions and fossil oil dependency by providing renewable and circular solutions for the transport, aviation and polymers and chemicals industries, among others. We are the leading renewable diesel and renewable aviation fuel producer in the world and a forerunner in developing new, sustainable solutions for the polymers and chemicals sector based on renewable raw materials as well as chemically recycled plastic waste. We both drive and benefit from the circular bioeconomy and wish to inspire others through collaborating with industry forerunners, sustainability-oriented, like ourselves, to drive change.

Do you see the circular bioeconomy as having an important role in the post Covid-19 world? 

Absolutely! Neste remains as committed as ever to combat the climate crisis and plastic pollution and to support the shift towards a circular economy. The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the urgency to tighten collaboration across companies, industries and country borders to develop and adopt environmentally-friendlier solutions in various areas of life. We must acknowledge the real price, the environmental toll, that comes with the current fossil oil dependency, for example, and invest in making a transformative, lasting change.

As none of the companies can solve these global challenges of enormous scale alone, we have joined forces with other sustainability-oriented companies to build a more sustainable future for all of us. Neste has, for example, joined the European Alliance for a Green Recovery to support and contribute to the efforts of ensuring that the fight against climate change is placed at the core of the economic strategy aiming for a quick recovery of the economies and the societies in Europe. To succeed, we have to jointly agree on how to mobilize our resources in driving business in a more sustainable manner. We also need to develop and execute new circular business rules to achieve transformational changes instead of incremental steps.

The World Bioeconomy Forum has a diverse range of high-level speakers and panelists, what are you hoping to achieve by taking part in the event, and what are your hopes for the future of the circular bioeconomy?  
   
These events provide a great opportunity to connect and engage in a dialogue with people from different organizations sharing a common interest in bioeconomy and sustainability. By participating in the event, we are hoping to get some new insights on how we can continue building a more sustainable future, how we could drive change in the value chain, and how we could implement green strategies to make tangible, quantifiable transformation a reality.
 
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World BioEconomy Forum Awards
What is a World Bioeconomy Forum Award?

The World BioEconomy Forum honours remarkable actions which have been enhanced in the circular bioeconomy. The awards recognise companies, products and people whose contribution brought a remarkable impact to the circular bioeconomy and climate change.

The recognition process

Award certificates are handed over at the annual forums during the Award selection and Closing remarks session, prior to the annual declaration announcement. Winners will be selected by the Jury (Advisory Board of WCBEF), comprised of prominent people in the circular bioeconomy world.

Would you like to hint a certain candidate to some of the categories? Send an email to info@wcbef.com!

Group pricing

Interested in joining the World BioEconomy Forum 2020 with a group of 10 or more? Contact our regional representatives for more information on group pricing!
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