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World BioEconomy Forum in Ruka, Finland
September 11-13, 2019

The preparations for World BioEconomy Forum 2019 are underway, and several bioeconomy experts have already confirmed their participation for the Advisory Board of 2019! The Board has put together a list of preliminary themes for next year's event - scroll down to find out more!
BioEconomy News

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
 launched its report on global warming on October 8th, 2018 in Incheon. The report is clearly stating urgency to limit global warming up to 1,5°C instead of 2°C. This would require "rapid and far-reaching" transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport and cities. Global net human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) would need to fall by about 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching 'net zero' around 2050. We would need to see more transition from fossil-based society towards bio-based society.
Read more about the IPCC report here

According to the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), Finnish forests are growing more than ever, the growth being on the level 107.5 M mper year. This is 1.5 M mmore than in the previous reporting period, as has been the tendency for decades.
The annual cut in Finland is below sustainable use: For years it has been approximately 80% of the sustainable use, so there is clear potential to see progress in bioeconomy in terms of new biorefineries offering alternatives for non-renewable fuels, chemicals and materials. 
See Luke's report here (in Finnish)

The EU Commission published an update on its bioeconomy strategy on October 11th, 2018. With the update the EU aims to focus Europe's common efforts in the right direction in this diverse and fast-changing part of the economy. The strategy is also needed to ensure that fossil fuels are replaced with sustainable natural alternatives as part of the shift to a post-petroleum society. It calls for new approaches to come from research and innovation and supports science and technological leadership to drive tangible improvements in Europe's social, economic and environmental welfare.
Read more on EU's bioeconomy strategy

All these topics and many more will be high on the agenda of the
World BioEconomy Forum 2019.
Advisory Board 2019
The program for World BioEconomy Forum 2019 is organized by the Advisory Board consisting of several bioeconomy experts:

Dr Christian Patermann, known as the "Father" of the European bioeconomy, will continue on the Advisory Board. He is a former director at the EU Commission, and acts as an advisor for the German government on bioeconomy issues.

Jim Philp, OECD, Policy Analyst, Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, will also be joining for 2019. Jim started at OECD in 2011, and has responsibilities in several fields such as industrial and environmental biotechnology and biomass sustainability.

Sustainability Advisor Aida Greenbury joins the board with more than 20 years of experience in sustainability and forestry management. She prominently contributes to global debates about sustainability, and is involved with several organizations focusing on environmental issues.

Pentti Hyttinen, Director General of Metsähallitus (Finnish State Forest Enterprise), continues on the Advisory Board for 2019. He has a Ph.D. in Agriculture and Forestry, and has acted as an expert on forestry and forest products at the European Commission.
Michael Carus, Founder and Managing Director of nova-Institute, has over 20 years of experience in working in the field of Bio-Based Economy. One of his areas of expertise is the political and economic framework for bio-based processes and applications, and he has authored several reports and policy papers on Bio-based Economy in the EU.

Mario Bonaccorso will also continue on the Advisory Board. Mario is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Il Bioeconomista, The First Bioeconomy Blog focusing on bioeconomy news, politics and business.

Mika Aalto, Director General at The Chemical Industry Federation of Finland, has over 15 years of experience in working at Tekes (now known as Business Finland). Before his current position, he worked several years at the Ministry of Employment and the Economy of Finland, focusing on bio and circular economy.

Mark Rushton, a freelance editor focusing on Paper and Pulp Industry, will join the board for 2019. Mark has been reporting on pulp and paper industry for over 15 years, and has helped launch multiple industry magazines.

Jukka Kantola, CEO of KaiCell Fibers Ltd, will continue as the Chairman of the Advisory Board for 2019. Jukka has broad experience of the woody biomass related industries, and has held various executive positions in Europe and in Asia. He is a persistent advocate for bioeconomy, and a founder of World BioEconomy Forum.
Themes 2019
World BioEconomy Forum 2019 will revolve around the following topics:

1. Implementing Biostrategies
2. Forests mitigating climate change
3. Circular Bioeconomy - Enterprise Panel
4. Evolving value chains based on bio-feedstock - Case Plastics

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