On 17 September 2020, the BalticBiomass4Value project consortium kindly invites business enterprises and other bio-based economy stakeholders to attend an International Conference and Business Networking Event “Bio-Based Industries Fast Forward”. The event will be held online.
The main aim of this event is to present opportunities for the development of sustainable bio-based industries in the Baltic Sea Region and beyond, as well as to enable business enterprises to establish useful contacts for the initiation of green business development projects.
Participants of the event will have an opportunity to be acquainted with the activities of the Bio-Based Industries Consortium that represents private sectors in the public-private partnership with the European Commission for investing in bio-based innovations (Nelo Emerencia, Programming Director of the Bio-Based Industries Consortium, Belgium). Furthermore, trends in the European biogas sector (Susanna Pflüger, Secretary General of the European Biogas Association, Belgium) will be discussed. The achievements and future directions of the Policy Area “Bioeconomy” of the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region will also be introduced to the participants (Torfi Jóhannesson, Senior Adviser of the Nordic Council of Ministers, Denmark).
Insights on the current state and future perspectives of the biotech and bioenergy industries in the Baltic Sea Region will be shared by leaders of business associations (Tomas Andrejauskas, President of the Lithuanian Biotechnology Association, and Henriette Vivestad, Managing Director of the Norwegian Bioenergy Association). Furthermore, the BalticBiomass4Value project experts will present their in-depth analysis on the biomass potential and its deployment opportunities in countries of the Baltic Sea Region (Mariusz Stolarski, Professor of the Centre for Bioeconomy and Renewable Energies at the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland). Additionally, prospects of the bioenergy sector in the Baltic Sea Region during times of increased competition for biological resources and low prices of fossil fuels will be discussed (Erik Trømborg, Professor of the Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway).
Presentations will also encompass relevant funding instruments to support green growth, such as the European Economic Area and Norway Grants (Konrad Konieczny, Programme Officer of the European Economic Area and Norway Grants at the Innovation Norway Warsaw Office, Poland).
To enable discussions and networking between business enterprises, the following B2B sessions will be held:
Parallel session 1: Innovative uses of various biomass resources for the production of high-value sustainable bio-based products (moderator – Inga Matijošytė, Head of the Sector of Applied Biocatalysis at Vilnius University Life Sciences Centre Institute of Biotechnology and Vice President of the Lithuanian Biotechnology Association with guest speaker – Ilaria Re, EU Project Office Director at the Consorzio Italbiotec, the Italian leading consortium in the biotechnology sector)
Parallel session 2: Innovative uses of agricultural and aquatic biomass for the production of sustainable bioenergy and other bio-based products (moderator – Kęstutis Navickas, Professor of the Institute of Energy and Biotechnology Engineering at Vytautas Magnus University Agriculture Academy, Lithuania with guest speaker – Jessica Hudde, Biogas Advisory Service at the Agency for Renewable Resources – FNR, the central coordinating agency in the area of renewable resources in Germany)
Parallel session 3: Innovative uses of forest biomass and municipal waste for the production of sustainable bioenergy and other bio-based products (moderator – Mindaugas Šilininkas, Director of Euromediena Ltd. and Vice Chairman of the Board of the Forest and Land Owners Association of Lithuania).
Participants of these parallel sessions will have an opportunity to exchange their experience and interests, as well as to establish useful contacts in the discussed fields.
In the afternoon, the Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR) and the 3N Lower Saxony Network for Renewable Resources and Bioeconomy (3N) invite to a national B2B workshop (in German) for companies, institutions and local actors. The two-hour workshop will focus on the topics of cold district heating networks and biogas as fuel. Selected companies will give short insights into current and planned projects. During the workshop, FNR and 3N will provide information on current funding opportunities for biomass use and innovative projects.
With 3-minute-pitches, selected companies will present their projects, followed by a discussion. A short introduction to the two topics is provided by 3N.
A full agenda of the event can be downloaded here.
Language of plenary and parallel sessions is English. The National session will be held in German.
There are no charges, but pre-registration is required. The registration form can be filled here. Please note that information provided in this registration form will be used only for the purposes of this event organisation.
The BalticBiomass4Value project is funded by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme, co-funded by the European Union fund ERDF.
FNR is in charge of project communication.
FNR contact person: Jennifer Nitzschke