POWER4BIO webinar series: Biochemicals
POWER4BIO organised a training webinar series about biochemicals. In five thematic training webinars, experts from the POWER4BIO consortium, related bioeconomy projects, companies from the biochemical sector, research institutes and international agencies gave insights about the current status of biochemicals at EU level, innovative practices and keys for successful business cases, value chains, sustainability, funding opportunities and supporting policies. All webinars were free of charge and open to everyone.
If any questions remain, please feel free to contact Ms. Laura García: firstname.lastname@example.org
Training Webinar 1: Biochemicals: status-quo at EU level and roadmap
Tuesday, June 30; 9:00 am – 10:30 CEST
In this first POWER4BIO training webinar about biochemicals, we provided an overview of the development of biochemicals in Europe and outlined key aspects to increase their share on the chemicals market. Between 2017-2019, a roadmap has been developed to guide the chemical industry how to increase the share of bio-based or renewable feedstock for organic chemicals up to 25% in 2030. We presented the development, scope and results of the roadmap and discussed the short, medium and long-term strategic actions for bio-based cosmetics, paints and agrochemicals and the role of the key actors influencing their development.
• Welcome: Ms. Laura García and Dr. Nora Szarka – DBFZ
• RoadtoBio: Dr.-Ing. Lea König – DECHEMA e.V. and Ms. Yamini Panchaksharam – E4tech (UK)
• Ms. Ilaria Re: EU Project Office Director from Consorzio Italbiotec
Training Webinar 2: Innovative practices and keys for successful business cases
Tuesday, July 7; 9:00 am – 10:30 CEST
In the second POWER4BIO training webinar about biochemicals, we introduced good examples from biochemicals start-ups, medium and large companies. Based on the presented good practice examples, we highlighted key activities, the flexibility of their business cases, innovative cooperations and other practices to make business case viable.
• Introduction: Dr. Nora Szarka – DBFZ
• Best practice example – Biofabrik | The Green© Refinery: Mr. Oliver Riedel (CEO) – Biofabrik Technologies GmbH
• Biorefineries area exemplary R&D projects: Mr. Arne Gröngröft – DBFZ
• Food waste upcycling for a range of bio-based products and biocomposites: green catalysts and green molecular fingerprinting of volatiles: Dr. Teresa Cecchi (Professor) – ITT Montani (Chemistry and Materials Department), Italy
Training Webinar 3: Sustainability in biochemical production
Tuesday, July 7; 10:30 am – 11:30 CEST
In the third POWER4BIO training webinar, we gave insights into integrated sustainability assessment of a regional bioeconomy network. We also presented indicators that enable monitoring and evaluation of the sustainability of bioeconomy.
• Dr. Alberto Bezama: Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung – UFZ
• Dr. Almona Tani: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations – FAO, Climate Change Division
Training Webinar 4: How to finance bio-based chemicals and its value chains using European Structural and Investment Funds
Tuesday, July 14; 9:00 – 10:30 CEST
In the fourth POWER4BIO training webinar about biochemicals, we envisaged the design and access to funding schemes to set up financial products for bio-based chemicals enterprises. We also took practical aspects to implement financial Instruments into account. We revealed our lessons learned in the fields of loan, guarantee and equity instruments and presentation of relevant best practices.
• Introduction: Dr. Nora Szarka – DBFZ
• Ms. Francesca Natali: META Group
Training Webinar 5: Supporting policies for bioeconomy – focus on biochemicals
Tuesday, July 14; 10:30 – 11:30 CEST
In the fifth and last training webinar of the POWER4BIO webinar series, we tackled the needs, limitations and opportunities of policy instruments for the biochemicals sector. We took a closer look to policy instruments that facilitate and set requirements to the development of potential value chains. We also presented results and good policy examples from task 4.2 of the POWER4BIO project: public policies and regulation to support bio-based business models at regional level.
• Dr. Berien Elbersen: Wageningen Food & Biobased Research