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BBI Call 2014: state of play & industry contribution

The independent evaluations were concluded in November 2014 and a provisional list of 10 projects has been retained. The European Commission, which administers the BBI call process while the BBI Joint Undertaking is being staffed, has informed project coordinators. Grant agreements are scheduled to be signed in June 2015.

For the 10 provisionally funded projects, the overall industry contribution amounts to over €71 million and is distributed as follows:

For all project type of actions, industry participation is essential. It is possible to observe that for RIA projects, proposals with an industry commitment (in kind/in cash) of around 50% or higher have been ranked first (impact score) during evaluations.

BBI Call 2015

Through the BBI Governing Board, the Bio-based Industries Consortium and the European Commission are finalising the 2015 Work Plan. The 2015 BBI Call is scheduled for end of April. With an EU contribution of €200 million to be complemented by the industry, the 2015 Call will allow for more focus on Demo and Flagship Actions. The Info Day is currently planned for May 2015.

Update of the Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda (SIRA)

The Bio-based Industries Consortium will, in partnership with the European Commission, update the SIRA by May 2015 to factor in latest technological developments, challenges, innovation, and BIC industrial members’ areas of activities and investments.

Creating a favourable policy environment

Launch of the European Bioeconomy Alliance

On 4 February, the newly formed European Bioeconomy Alliance  was launched in the European Parliament. The alliance’s objectives are:
  1. Making the bioeconomy a political priority;
  2. Mainstreaming the concept of bioeconomy; and
  3. Advocating a favourable and coherent policy and investment environment. 
The launch was hosted by MEP Matthijs van Miltenburg (ALDE/NL), and co-hosted by MEP Miapetra Kumpula-Natri (S&D/FIN); MEP Herbert Dorfmann (EPP/IT); and MEP Lambert van Nistelrooij (EPP/NL). See the press release and media article.

European Bioeconomy Alliance tour of European Commissioners

Creating political awareness on the potential of the bioeconomy in stimulating sustainable growth and jobs in Europe is essential for the bioeconomy to play its fair share in European, national and regional economic recovery and investment strategies. The Alliance has to date met with European Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen; with Research, Science and Innovation Commissioner Carlos Moedas; and with the cabinet of Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete.

Bioeconomy Working Group meets for the first time in the European Parliament

On 10 March, the European Parliament Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development held its first Bioeconomy working group meeting in Strasbourg. This group is chaired by MEP Miapetra Kampala-Natri (S&D/FIN) and supported by the European Bioeconomy Alliance. See press release.

Partnering for the bioeconomy

In addition to being partners for the bioeconomy, the Bio-based Industries Consortium has closely worked with European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN) and European Regions for Innovation in Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ERIAFF) on the organisation of “Boosting economic growth and facilitating investments through the Bioeconomy: How to build effective regional strategies”. The 20 March Workshop was hosted by the Committee of the Regions and brought together over 200 participants from EU regions, industry and EU institutions. A Practical guide on key considerations for developing and implementing effective regional bioeconomy strategies, as well as policy recommendations, will shortly follow. Download presentations.

The Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) and the European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural productivity and Sustainability (EIP-AGRI) have joined forces to mobilise farmers and foresters on the opportunities presented by the bioeconomy.

EIP AGRI Workshop on “Connecting primary production and industry for the development of new biomass supply chains for the bio-based economy,” 27-28 May in Sardinia, Italy. BIC is supporting EIP AGRI with this important workshop aimed at tackling the issue of biomass supply. See the programme.


Combining BBI and ESIF to deploy the European bioeconomy - Guiding Principles

Synergies between sources of EU funding are now promoted by EU leaders to maximise impact when tackling societal challenges.

This practical guide by the Bio-based Industries Consortium is focused on Combining BBI (H2020) funds with European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).

A useful tool for anyone applying for BBI funds and interested in creating synergies with European regional funds.


Lille, France

Plant Based Summit 2015

In April 2015, Plant Based Summit will launch its 3rd edition in Lille, with an even sharpened positioning on the innovation, the co-development and its operational implementation for the necessary deployment of bio-based products.
Cologne, Germany

8th International Conference on Bio-based Materials.

This conference aims at providing major players from the European and Asian bio-based chemicals, plastics and composite industries with an opportunity to present and discuss their latest developments and strategies.
Alghero, Italy

EIP-AGRI Workshop: 'Building new biomass supply chains for the bio-based economy'

The objective of the workshop is to help set up and foster co-operation mechanisms between agriculture/forestry and industry to guarantee:
  • A steady and reliable supply of renewable raw materials for the industry without compromising sustainability;
  • and a fair income for the farmer and forest holders.
Specific objectives:
  • To engage relevant actors including farmers, forest holders, cooperatives, industries, national/regional public authorities, advisers and innovation support services.
  • To identify and address technical, economic, regulatory and social barriers for the setting up of new biomass supply chains.
  • To ensure sustainability of the biomass supply chain.

Participants include farmers, forest holders, cooperatives, national/regional public authorities, advisers and innovation support services, representatives from different industry sectors, clusters and financial bodies. As far as possible, participants with practical experience have been invited.
More info...

Event organiser: eip-agri
Montréal, Canada

World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology.

The BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology is the world's largest industrial biotechnology event for business leaders, investors, and policy makers in biofuels, biobased products, and renewable chemicals.

Articles & Opinions

Growth and Jobs through the European bioeconomy: from high potential to business case certainty

The European Files (March 2015 - n° 35)

A new bio-based EU

Adjacent Government (November 2014)

Green waves

Pan-European Networks / Horizon 2020 Projects (October 2014)
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