Perceptions on the bioeconomy in the Basque Country

The Bioregions Facility launched Perceptions on the bioeconomy survey in the Basque Country, Spain, from April to July 2022 in Spanish and Basque.

The survey targeted different groups within government and industry to understand how they perceive the bioeconomy, its benefits, and its challenges.

Learn more about the Government and industry bioeconomy perceptions survey and ways to implement the survey in your region.

Content: survey report government and industry perceptions on the Bioeconomy in the Basque Country

Author(s): Siebe Briers, Inazio Martinez de Arano

Year: 2022

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Perceptions on the bioeconomy in Flanders

The Bioregions Facility launched Perceptions on the bioeconomy survey in Flanders, Belgium, from October to December 2022 in the local language, Dutch.

The survey targeted different groups within government and industry to understand how they perceive the bioeconomy, its benefits, and its challenges.

Learn more about the Government and industry bioeconomy perceptions survey and ways to implement the survey in your region.

Content: survey report on government and industry perceptions on the bioeconomy in Flanders, Belgium

Author(s): Siebe Briers, Inazio Martinez de Arano, Ronit Bohra, Jasmine Versyck, Gudrun Van Langenhove, Hanna Van Renterghem

Year: 2023

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Perceptions on the bioeconomy in North Rhine-Westphalia

The Bioregions Facility launched Perceptions on the bioeconomy survey in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, from December 2021 to February 2022.

The survey targeted different groups within government and industry to understand how they perceive the bioeconomy, its benefits, and its challenges.

Learn more about the Government and industry bioeconomy perceptions survey and ways to implement the survey in your region.

Content: survey report government and industry perceptions on the Bioeconomy in North Rhine-Westphalia

Author(s): Siebe Briers, Inazio Martinez de Arano, Stefanie Wieland, Martin Schwarz

Year: 2023

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Expression of interest: become a satellite event at the Bioeconomy Changemakers Festival 2024

Bioeconomy Changemakers Festival

The ‘Bioeconomy Changemakers Festival’ is an event organised by the European Commission, in collaboration with the EU Bioeconomy Youth Ambassadors. It aims to engage youth as drivers of the transformative change required in view of the multiple challenges the EU is facing today, and to unlock the full potential of the bioeconomy.

Expression of interest

The European Commission invites anyone organising an event linking youth with bioeconomy innovation to express their interest in becoming a satellite event of the “Bioeconomy Changemakers Festival” in March 2024!

  • Complete the survey for expression of interest by 10 September 2023, 15:00 CET.
  • If you have questions, send an email to RTD-BIOECONOMY@ec.europa.eu 

Check out the benefits and objectives of the Bioeconomy Changemakers Festival by clicking the link below.

Interest in showing your project or solution to key stakeholders in the bioeconomy? Check out this expression of interest call to showcase your bioeconomy solution at the Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2023 in Bilbao, Spain.

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Perceptions on the bioeconomy in Tuscany

The Bioregions Facility launched Perceptions on the bioeconomy survey in Tuscany, Italy, from December 2021 to January 2022.

The survey targeted different groups within government and industry to understand how they perceive the bioeconomy, its benefits, and its challenges.

Learn more about the Government and industry bioeconomy perceptions survey and ways to implement the survey in your region.

Content: survey report on government and industry perceptions on the bioeconomy in Tuscany, Italy

Author(s): Siebe Briers, Inazio Martinez de Arano, Venla Wallius, Fabio Boscaleri

Year: 2022

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Perceptions on the bioeconomy in North Karelia

The Bioregions Facility launched the Perceptions on the bioeconomy survey in North Karelia, Finland, from September to November 2021. 

The survey targeted different groups within government and industry to understand how they perceive the bioeconomy, its benefits, and its challenges.

Learn more about the Government and industry bioeconomy perceptions survey and ways to implement the survey in your region.

Content: survey report on government and industry perceptions on the bioeconomy in North Karelia, Finland

Author(s): Siebe Briers, Inazio Martinez de Arano, Venla Wallius, Milla Suomalainen

Year: 2022

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Perceptions on the bioeconomy in Central Bohemian Region

The Bioregions Facility launched the Perceptions on the bioeconomy survey in the Central Bohemian Region, Czech Republic, September–October 2022 in the local language, Czech.

The survey targeted different groups within government and industry to understand how they perceive the bioeconomy, its benefits, and its challenges.

Learn more about the Government and industry bioeconomy perceptions survey and ways to implement the survey in your region.

Content: survey report on government and industry perceptions on the bioeconomy in Central Bohemian Region, Czech Republic.

Author(s): Siebe Briers, Inazio Martinez de Arano, Radek Rinn

Year: 2023

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Perceptions on the bioeconomy in Catalonia

The Bioregions Facility launched, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food of Catalonia, Spain, a survey in Catalonia targeting government, industry and research sectors from 29 September to 1 December 2022 in Catalan.

The survey sought to understand how these sectors perceive the bioeconomy, its benefits, and its challenges. Some of the key findings are the following:

  • Participants perceive the bioeconomy as a promising economic model highly related to a circular economy and providing several environmental benefits.
  • Bioeconomy is perceived to be highly linked to circularity, biomass use for multiple purposes, and sustainable land management.
  • Catalan business and policy actors suggest that bioenergy is the region’s bioeconomy sector with the highest potential for growth.
  • Participants indicate that the government and industry are equally responsible for research, development, and innovation investments.
  • According to respondents, the bioeconomy has the strongest goal alignment with climate change mitigation & adaptation, circular economy, clean energy, and rural development. Technological innovation and biodiversity conservation are other policy areas with very high overlap with bioeconomy.

Learn more about the Government and industry bioeconomy survey and ways to implement the survey in your region.

Perceptions on the bioeconomy in Catalonia, Spain

Content: a bioeconomy report targeting government and industry in Catalonia, Spain

Author(s): Siebe Briers, Inazio Martinez de Arano

Year: 2023

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Koli Forum 2023

Join Koli Forum 2023

Europe’s cities, regions, industries and natural resources face significant changes; preparations for the future, routed in a systemic circular bioeconomy, should start now.

This calls for a holistic system of sustainable change, including long-sighted and sustainable land use for today’s future, sustainable choices of discerning citizens, with business and research mainstreaming innovation and rethinking services with society at its centre. In this transition towards a systemic circular bioeconomy, forests and society play a key role.

These topics will be discussed in Koli Forum 2023 on 11–12 October 2023. Save the date and be on the lookout for the registration open during the summer!

Check the programme and registration here.

Globally unique research for better fuel pellets

800 tonnes of sawdust was recently turned into fuel pellets in a globally unique test run in Sweden. That was part of a pellet research project that is being carried out on a large scale to investigate differences in quality between different raw material compositions.

Originally published on Paper Province.

By Malin Hildén

Testings are a cheap and environmentally friendly energy source made from dried and compacted sawdust from spruce and pine. Therefore, they are a valuable and important component in the transition to a fossil-free society.

In order to optimize the production and storage of pellets, a research study is now investigating whether the pellet quality is affected by the origin of the sawdust: the heartwood (coarse timber) or the sapwood (small timber).

Different drying temperatures and types of sawdust

What the researchers are investigating is whether the handling of the raw materials can contribute to making the pellets more resource-efficient. The method includes studying how low- and high-temperature drying, in combination with small and coarse timber, affects the physical properties and long-term storage.

One problem when storing fuel pellets is that they can generate spontaneous heating, forming flammable and toxic gases. The researchers aim to reduce this increased fire hazard.

Globally unique test run

In order to examine the improvement opportunities in the context of fuel pellets, some 800 tonnes of fresh small and coarse timber from pine was transported to the pellet plant of power company Härjeåns Energi in the Swedish town of Sveg. That is where the impressive test run took place.

“This is huge. Such large-scale research trials aren’t carried out anywhere else in the world. Normally, you’d go to a lab and do smaller runs,” says Magnus Persson, who is an innovation advisor and project manager at Paper Province.

What makes this volume possible is the collaboration between academia, research and industry.

“If this turns out well, it’s going to have an impact on the entire industry: everyone will be able to learn and benefit from it.”

Previous tests

The test run was the second of two major ones. The first one, completed last autumn, involved low-temperature drying. This time, however, a high-temperature dryer was used.

“The test run came out well, and now we’ll continue the measurements and analyses in order to determine the outcome,” says Michael Finell of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

He is the project manager for InnoPels, the project where the research is conducted. It is funded by Vinnova, with the participation of Karlstad University, Paper Province, Solör Bioenergi Pellets AB, Härjeåns Energi AB and Bergkvist Siljan Skog AB.

Photo by Paper Province.

Emil Mattsson, Härjeåns, Stefan Frodeson, Karlstad University, Michael Finell, SLU, Magnus Persson, Paper Province and Workson Siwale, SLU.

Perceptions on the bioeconomy in South Ostrobothnia

The Bioregions Facility launched the Perceptions on the bioeconomy survey in South Ostrobothnia, Finland, from December 2022 to February 2023.

The survey targeted different groups within government and industry to understand how they perceive the bioeconomy, its benefits, and its challenges.

Learn more about the Government and industry bioeconomy perceptions survey and ways to implement the survey in your region.

Content: survey report on government and industry perceptions on the bioeconomy in South Ostrobothnia, Finland

Author(s): Siebe Briers, Inazio Martinez de Arano, Liisa-Maija Hurme, Mari Väänänen

Year: 2023

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Perceptions on the bioeconomy in Castilla y León

The Bioregions Facility launched the Perceptions on the bioeconomy in Castilla y León, Spain, May–June 2022.

The survey targets different groups within government and industry to understand how they perceive the bioeconomy, its benefits, and its challenges.

Learn more about the Government and industry bioeconomy perceptions survey and ways to implement the survey in your region.

Content: survey report on government and industry perceptions on the bioeconomy in Castilla y León, Spain

Author(s): Siebe Briers, Inazio Martinez de Arano, Javier Calvo-Simón, Marta Boillos Mínguez

Year: 2023

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