Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024 as it happened

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Hosted in Lemgo, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, the Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024 featured ten forest bioeconomy innovations focused on moving the green transition and eight amazing keynote speakers and panellists from the research, government, private, and public sectors, attracting participants interested in learning more about forest bioeconomy innovations.

“The Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024 occurred at a crucial moment as we progress towards a green transition, needing circular bioeconomy solutions. European regions are working on “defossilisation” and “biologisation” of their main economic sectors, seizing opportunities in research, innovation, and technology to tackle the challenges related to the advancement of a bio-based sustainable economy,” said Inazio Martinez de Arano from the European Forest Institute and coordinator of the Bioregions Facility.

Across three sessions, the networking event promoted conversations through compelling presentations, innovation pitches and panel discussions on new opportunities for forest owners, advanced circular bio-based solutions, and initiatives supporting bioeconomy.

Leading the change in sustainable solutions

Through the event, a clear message was observed: we need to innovate to reshape the current economy and adjust to climate change. Here are some quotes:

“We are here in North Rhine-Westphalia in a hotspot region concerning bark beetle attack and loss of spruce and pine trees. The Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024 shows excellent innovation to overcome these challenges along the value chain – from the forest to the use of wood,” said Stefanie Wieland from Wald und Holz NRW.

“The Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024 is a major event focused on forest-based bioeconomy issues – it is a very important date. We have been glad to have the event here in this area. Usually, all these events occur in densely populated areas,” said Roland Daamen from the Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Agriculture, Conservation and Consumer Protection of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

“Innovation in the forest economy is, in my opinion, really important, especially regarding the climate change we are currently encountering. We have to innovate in many ways: how we use the forest, how we use the material that comes from the forest, and the value chains from the forest to the final use of the material. I think there are many, many contact points where innovation is necessary,” said Martin Hackel from OWL University of Applied Sciences and Arts (TH OWL).

“I think we need a lot of innovation that will get the transformation to the bioeconomical industry. In the bioeconomy, we need a lot of innovation because we do not have enough biomass or enough resources without any innovations; our products must be much more efficient than they are today. I think it is one of the key points here. It does not depend on the product type, so I think all or almost all products have to be much more material efficient. For example, houses are made of less material. It was fantastic to see that totally different regions in Europe have the same questions and ideas, and we can learn a lot from each other. There were very good discussions with people that I had never met before, I had never heard before, but I realised that we think the same. This was very inspiring for me, and I think there will be a lot of later connections, and perhaps we will work together after this event,” said Katja Frühwald-König from TH OWL.

The Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024 wouldn’t be possible without the great support of its organisers: the European Forest Institute – Bioregions FacilityLandesbetrieb Wald und Holz NRWOWL University of Applied Sciences and Arts (TH OWL), Smart Wood Center OWL, and CO2Bau.

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Quotes were edited for content and clarity.