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The World BioEconomy Circle provides an opportunity for stakeholders within the circular bioeconomy around the world to meet and learn from each other. Below, we introduce some of our World BioEconomy Circle members, as well as our Five Minutes With... interview with Ambassador José Carlos Fonseca, and the World BioEconomy News bulletin.

World BioEconomy Circle

The World BioEconomy Circle features many esteemed members operating within the circular bioeconomy, to bring together actors operating in different spaces, from individuals, institutions, startups to corporations. Members gain exclusive benefits, such as visibility within our channels, and tickets to the World BioEconomy Forum and other events.

Below we showcase some of our members, including Nils Torvalds (left), Member of the European Parliament, and Berry Wiersum (right) Sappi Europe's Head of Regulatory Affairs.

Additionally, we have multiple esteemed companies within the World BioEconomy Circle, including Metsähallitus and Metgen.

Metsähallitus is a Finnish state-owned enterprise that produces environmental services for a diverse customer base; ranging from private individuals to major companies. We sustainably use, manage, and protect state-owned land and water areas and reconcile the different goals of owners, customers, and other stakeholders. In doing this, we ensure that everyone – including future generations – has the opportunity to enjoy nature and the value it creates.

Metgen is a robust technology platform to serve their target markets at an industrial scale. While MetGen is deeply rooted in science it is a market-driven company that works hard to understand and meet the needs of individual customers. This has earned them the nickname: The Friendly Enzyme Company.

Five Minutes With... José Carlos Fonseca

Ambassador José Carlos da Fonseca Junior is the current Executive Director of IBA (Brazilian Tree Industry), as well as a member of the World BioEconomy Forum Advisory Board. He has also enjoyed a career in diplomacy for over 37 years.

The Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá) is the association responsible for institutionally representing the planted tree production chain, from the fields to the factory, with its main stakeholders.

Within this Five Minutes With... interview, we hear his thoughts about the evolving bio-product sector within Brazil,  and more available on our website.

In just a few decades, Ibá member companies have been growing rapidly and some are now major forest companies on a global scale. Not only growing but also evolving to produce alternatives for fossil-based applications. What do you see currently as the most interesting evolving bio-product sector among your members?

In Brazil, forest-based companies have broad R&D with ongoing research and testing that includes new applications and a constant mission to deconstruct wood, in other words, to use 100% of wood. There is also major investment in adding value to what were previously considered by-products, like lignin, which is used for energy and is now being studied for its potential as “green petroleum.” There are also efforts to find new uses for cellulose and nanocellulose (a super-material for the textile, electronics, civil construction, automotive, aeronautics, and even food industries). We can also highlight industry partnerships with startups and other innovative companies to scale up novel projects.
But one segment that has already gone through the research phase and is making major advances in industrial investments is solutions for textile fibers. Viscose, which is made from soluble cellulose, is already present in our clothing: between 2000 and 2018, it went from 4.8% of global market share (2.7 million t) to 6.5% (6.9 million t). It is expected to reach 7% (8.5 million tons) by 2023, according to The Fiber Year. 
Today, Brazil has two major investments in this versatile soluble cellulose: Bracell, in Lençois Paulista (São Paulo state) with its Star project involving R$ 8 billion, and Duratex, in the Mineiro Triangle region (Minas Gerais) has LD Cellulose, a joint venture with the Austrian company Lenzing involving US$ 1 billion.
Suzano and Spinova have also announced investments estimated at 22 million Euros to build the first industrial-scale unit to manufacture microfibrillated cellulose for fabric, which requires less water and chemicals.
World BioEconomy News
World BioEconomy News is a new service offered by the World BioEconomy Forum, which brings you the latest news in the BioEconomy both via our website, and also via our new Bulletin service sent monthly to your inbox!
Below see some of our top stories:
  1. The European chemical industry wants to boost the bioeconomy to support the green transition
  2. European Green Deal: Commission presents actions to boost organic production
  3. BASF presents roadmap to climate neutrality
When you subscribe now to the World BioEconomy News service, you will receive a coupon for 10% off your registration for the World BioEconomy Forum 2021!
Roundtable 18 May: It takes three to tango
The World BioEconomy Forum Roundtable on the theme Global Leaders and the Financial World will consider the interplay between the public and private sectors, as well as institutes, for facilitating sustainable investment into the circular bioeconomy.

The event will feature speakers from around the world, including Dr. Tatiana Schor from Brazil, Dr. Sergey Malkov from Russia, Sandy Marshall from Canada and Philippe Mengal from Belgium, ensuring that we have both a global and local outlook on  sustainable financing.

Registration for the event is free of charge, and features incredible expertise from a variety of backgrounds relating to financing and the bioeconomy.
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