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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!

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Advisory Board Update

Teresa Presas, the former Director General of CEPI - Confederation of European Paper Industries - has joined the Advisory Board of World BioEconomy Forum. Presas has over thirty years of history in the paper industry and international business, and one of her areas of expertise is sustainability and its surrounding issues.
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Speaker Updates
 



Berry Wiersum, the Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Europe, will join the CEO Panel to share his insights into steering a company in today's evolving, global bioeconomy.


Fredrik B. Rosén, Vice President, Market Strategy and Business Development at Bioeconomy Division of Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), will participate in the fifth panel to discuss the applications of nanocellulose.

Interested in contributing to the panels as a speaker? Please send a proposal including the panel you are interested in and an abstract of your topic to info@wcbef.com.
 
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Panelist Interviews

World BioEconomy Forum speaks to three members of our Circular BioEconomy panel on their views on the bioeconomy at present, as well as what they are expectation to achieve at the next event in Ruka: 
 


Freya Burton, Chief Sustainability and People Officer at LanzaTech - the company ranking #1 on the “50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy” listing published by The Digest - will share her insights into innovation and carbon capturing.
 

Can you comment on the Circular Bioeconomy as its stands from your point of view at the moment?
 
Having worked in this sector for over 10 years, it is remarkable to me how far along we have come in terms of accepting new technologies and approaches for production of consumer goods and services. While not quite 100% mainstream, we are seeing consumers demand products that align with their philosophy from FairTrade, Organic and now products that embrace circular economy principals. Indeed, packaging for many consumer goods highlights sustainability benefits alongside product ingredients, which reflects the level of interest at the consumer level.
 
Regarding technology developments, we are at a tipping point for many new approaches and platforms that can enable the Circular Bioeconomy, such as carbon recycling and other carbon capture and utilization approaches. With an increase in digital technology and the internet of things we are also seeing mass uptake of Circular business models that are made simpler and more cost effective through use of apps and smart phones. This is definitely an exciting time for the Circular Bioeconomy.
 
 
What, in your opinion, needs to be done to take the concept of the Circular Bioeconomy further forward into the public eye?
 
I think more consumer awareness of what is possible and what is happening in the sector. All too often, we are faced with negative news stories and the positive, exciting technology developments are left behind. Bio-based processes, feedstocks and materials can be used to produce a wide range of products today. As such, the Circular bioeconomy is already a part of our daily lives sometimes without consumers being aware of it, and while manufacturers are making strides in highlighting bioeconomy credentials through advertising and packaging, there are more opportunities to do so, in order to highlight how much these products are part of our lives already.
 
 
How do you see the World Bioeconomy Forum as a good platform to promote the concept of the Circular Bioeconomy?  
 
The forum is an ideal place to showcase developments and partnerships in order to raise awareness of solutions that can contribute to the Circular Bioeconomy. It is also an opportunity to highlight the economic, environmental and social benefits from a strong Circular Bioeconomy through the bringing together of multiple stakeholders to highlight the progress in their respective fields.

 


Dennis Chafiâ, Business Development Manager at G.I. Dynamics, will be joining the Circular Bioeconomy panel to discuss how biorefineries can reduce carbon footprints and the dependency on finite resources.

 

Can you comment on the Circular Bioeconomy as its stands from your point of view at the moment?
 
 
The circular economy is of major importance to the global challenges we are currently facing. While the majority of the plans focus on sustainable energy, there is much to win from a circular approach in the production industry. While the majority of sustainable energy sources are considered to be ‘carbon neutral’, biobased chemical projects in a lot of cases can be considered carbon negative as there will be more carbon uptake then carbon emissions in the cradle-to-gate approach. By implementing a zero emission approach, and closing the loop to cradle-to-cradle by recycling and or reusing, these projects are a significant contribution to the circular economy.
 
What, in your opinion, needs to be done to take the concept of the Circular Bioeconomy further forward into the public eye?
 
The concept of these bio-based chemical projects can however be perceived as quite complex. The energy transition is fairly understandable, as people utilize power and energy on a daily basis. For bio-based projects, there is a large value chain to understand, but concepts like biobased, biodegradable, recycling, drop-ins, cradle-to-gate and many more, makes it complex business. It is of high importance to highlight the benefits of these business cases; less use of finite resources like oil and gas, less emissions and less waste treatment.
 
How do you see the World Bioeconomy Forum as a good platform to promote the concept of the Circular Bioeconomy?  
 
 
The World Bioeconomy Forum is an excellent platform in which several players from different parts in the value chain come together to discuss the future of the biobased and circular economy; from feedstock, to industry, to end users. After all, the circular economy can only be achieved if the different aspects of these circle come together and form synergies.
 



Tomi Honkala, the CEO of Chempolis Ltd, will join to discuss biorefinery technologies, their sustainable applications and how they can be implemented around the world.

 

Can you comment on the Circular Bioeconomy as its stands from your point of view at the moment?
 
The Circular Bioconomy means to reduce CO2 emission and minimize global warming meanwhile it improves people’s welfare for example by cleaner air, water and reducing poverty.
For example producing non-food bioethanol with a new technologies from agricultural residuals or wood:
  • reducing fossil (non- renewable) fuel consumption -> less CO2 emission and less importing in many countries which do not have own oil sources
  • Side products (bio-furfural, bio acetic acid and lignin) are fully utilized and replace current very polluting manufacturing methods
  • No burning of agricultural residuals at fields -> less air pollution and less CO2 emission
  • More incomes for local people. (work for poor people for example in a supply chain of raw material)
  • More taxes for governments
  • More profit for companies. This is the strongest motivation for the companies.
 
What, in your opinion, needs to be done to take the concept of the Circular Bioeconomy further forward into the public eye?
 
I’m expecting concrete actions by governments and companies for the circular economy. Companies main driving force is to make money. All countries governments should force companies and people to turn consumption for bioproducts. Tools can be for example subsidies and sanctions. this should be done at the same time by all major countries.
 
How do you see the World Bioeconomy Forum as a good platform to promote the concept of the Circular Bioeconomy?  
 
The World Bioeconomy Forum can ask governments’ representatives and companies to present concrete ongoing and coming actions for the Circular Bioeconomy.
 
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