December 11, 2017

Raw materials innovation partnership ready to act within changing technology and policy context

The 4th meeting of the High Level Steering Group (HLSG) of the European Innovation Partnership for Raw Materials (EIP-RM) took place in Brussels on 1st December. As an outcome of previous discussions with the Sherpas and EIP-RM stakeholders, the European Commission (EC) proposed a position paper on future orientations for the EIP-RM and the European […]

November 20, 2017

The Bioeconomy Policy Day gives hope for stronger governance for the bioeconomy

As part of the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 info week, the European Commission presented the review of the 2012 European Bioeconomy Strategy and Action Plan, on November 16, documented as a Staff Working Document, and discussed its findings with stakeholders and policymakers. The event gathered together more than 800 participants from across Europe. Although led by DG […]

September 14, 2017

EU paper industry estimates the need for an investment of € 44 billion to cut its carbon emissions by 80%

Pathways and needed investment to reduce emissions of the European pulp and paper industry by 80% while creating 50% more added-value are detailed in the revised version of the 2050 Roadmap to a low-carbon bio-economy, launched by the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) in late February.  The Roadmap estimates the need for € 44 […]

European Commission to set up a Stakeholders Platform on Circular Economy

The ambition of the European Commission to create a dedicated Stakeholders Platform on Circular Economy was announced during the Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference, that took place on 9-10 March 2010. The initiative is expected to be undertaken by the European Economic and Social Committee (EECS) in partnership with the Directorate General for the Environment (DG […]

Registration open for the BBI Info Day

The Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) has opened registration for its Info Day and Brokerage Event taking place on 28 April 2017, in Brussels.  The aim of the event is to bring together potential participants interested in the BBI JU 2017 Calls for proposals, including SMEs and representatives from large industry and academia.  The […]

Building with wood the focal point of Value of Wood Forum

“I see more opportunities than challenges for the forest-based sector and this is what is exciting about this sector. My advice to you is: plant more trees, make more timber and build more homes and buildings in Europe.” With these remarks, MEP Paul Brannon wrapped up the Value of Wood Forum, that took place in […]

Novel concepts of biorefineries on the spot

In three intensive days, the 7th edition of the Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference (NWBC), that finished on 30 March 2017 in Stockholm, showcased the latest innovative, wood-based biorefineries, novel production processes and evolving concepts of biorefineries.  A flagship concept, the industrial ecosystems around the bioproduct mill that Metsä Fibre is finalising in Äänekoski (Finland) was […]

September 13, 2017

Impact matters for success in the competitive Calls of the BBI JU Call 2017

During the BBI InfoDay and Brokerage Event that took place in Brussels on 28 April 2017, the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) delivered a strong message on the increasing importance of describing the impact of research proposals submitted in the competitive Calls of the BBI JU Call 2017. Providing convincing statements to explain how […]

The BBI JU Call 2017 will release € 81 million of funding for the European biobased industries

The BBI JU Call 2017 of the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) features several topics relevant for the forest-based sector, falling under the areas of the FTP Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda.  Out of 16 topics covering all possible types of actions, FTP has identified topics that address activities within ‘Integrated biorefinery concepts’ (RIA […]

Announcement of the upcoming transnational research programme ForestValue

The new research programme ForestValue – Innovating the forest-based bioeconomy, pre-announced in early May, will focus on the bioeconomy, substitution of fossil-based raw materials and sustainable wood supply. The budget of the new programme is estimated to surpass € 30 million and includes contributions from the EU Member States, the European Commission as well as […]