POWER4BIO webinar series: Biochemicals

June/July 2020

POWER4BIO is organising 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 will give 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 are free of charge and open to everyone.

You can register for the training webinars under the following link:

If any questions remain, please feel free to contact Ms. Laura García: laura.garcia@dbfz.de

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 will provide an overview of the development of biochemicals in Europe and outline keys 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 will present the development, scope and results of the roadmap and discuss 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 (10 min)
• RoadtoBio: Dr.-Ing. Lea König – DECHEMA e.V. and Ms. Yamini Panchaksharam – E4tech (UK) (30 min; 10 min Q&A)
• Ms. Ilaria Re: EU Project Office Director from Consorzio Italbiotec (30 min; 10 min Q&A)

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 will introduce good examples from biochemicals start-ups, medium and large companies. Based on the presented good practice examples, we will highlight key activities, the flexibility of their business cases, innovative cooperations and other practices to make business case viable.

• Introduction: Dr. Nora Szarka – DBFZ (5 min)
• Best practice example – Biofabrik | The Green© Refinery: Mr. Oliver Riedel (CEO) – Biofabrik Technologies GmbH (20 min; 10 min Q&A)
• Biorefineries area exemplary R&D projects: Mr. Arne Gröngröft – DBFZ (20 min; 10 min Q&A)
• 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 (20 min; 10 min Q&A)

Training Webinar 3: Sustainability in biochemical production
Tuesday, July 7; 10:30 am – 11:30 CEST

In the third POWER4BIO training webinar, we will give insights into integrated sustainability assessment of a regional bioeconomy network. We will also present indicators that enable monitoring and evaluation of the sustainability of bioeconomy.

• Dr. Alberto Bezama: Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung – UFZ (20 min; 10 min Q&A)
• Dr. Almona Tani: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations – FAO, Climate Change Division (20 min; 10 min Q&A)

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 will envisage the design and access to funding schemes to set up financial products for bio-based chemicals enterprises. We will also take practical aspects to implement financial Instruments into account. We will reveal our lessons learned in the fields of loan, guarantee and equity instruments and presentation of relevant best practices.

• Introduction: Dr. Nora Szarka – DBFZ (5 min)
• Ms. Francesca Natali: META Group (50 min; 30 min Q&A)

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 will tackle the needs, limitations and opportunities of policy instruments for the biochemicals sector. We will take a closer look to policy instruments that facilitate and set requirements to the development of potential value chains. We will also present 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 (40 min; 15 min Q&A)