Developing Business Models and Innovation Networks

This roundtable will provide a platform for discussing the future development of a bioeconomy through creating new biobased value-chains as well as business models and innovation networks. What achievements have been made in advancing business opportunities and industry foundations for bioeconomy-related growth? What may be promising avenues to pursue in the future? What are the challenges to and opportunities for developing the bioeconomy across sectors? What role do regulatory frameworks play, how should they be developed further?


16:30 – 16:35 Welcome and short introduction, Session Chairs, Mr. Pauli and Mr. Pilat

16:35 – 18:15 Impulse presentations and Q&A

  • The Bioeconomy: shifting from a drive to cut costs to a commitment to generate value, G. Pauli, Novamont, Zeri, International
  • Enabling new business models for the bioeconomy, D. Pilat, OECD
  • What transformative changes are needed in how agricultural research institutions work to deliver innovation to businesses in the bioeconomy? A. Dobermann, Rothamsted Research, UK
  • Knowledge transfer between research and SMEs: Barriers, solutions and examples, S. Braun, University of Hohenheim, Germany
  • Successful business models in the bioeconomy, M. Ahuja, India
  • Circular economy projects realized in Latin America (Ecuador), C. Springer, Organization of American States, Americas
  • Clean-up the ocean using RONE –mixed-plastic recycling, G. Yu, Taiwan
  • Circular approaches in the bioeconomy, D. Frank, German Phosphorus Platform, Germany
  • European blue bioeconomy projects initiated by the SUBMARINER Network, A. Schultz-Zehden, Europe
  • Public Private Partnerships as business model for bioeconomy development, N. Moll, EuropaBio, Europe

18:15 – 18:30 Moderated discussion among Roundtable participants

Rene van Ree has over 25 years working experience in the energy sector with a current main focus on bioenergy, advanced biofuels and biobased products. Since 2007, Mr. van Ree has acted as leader Bioenergy & Biofuels at Food & Biobased Research Wageningen and has also been the coordinator of the IEA Bioenergy Task 42 Biorefining. Additionally he holds memberships in the Steering Committee European Biofuel Technology Platform (EBTP), the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) Bioenergy as well as in the Energy Advisory Group at the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. Mr. van Ree has a master’s degree in chemistry.

Gerfried Jungmeier has been the Austrian Team Leader in IEA Bioenergy Task 42 Biorefining since 2007. He studied Mechanical Engineering at Graz University of Technology and wrote his PhD on ‚Greenhouse gas balance of bio energy systems’ (1999). From 1993 on Mr. Jungmeier has been worked Joanneum Research mbH where he is currently responsible for energy systems and strategies. His research focuses mainly life cycle assessment, bioenergy, emission and energy balances. Additionally Mr. Jungemeier is operating agent in Task 19 Life Cycle Assessment of Electric Vehicles of the IEA Implementing Agreement Hybrid and Electric Vehicles and lecturer at several Austrian universities.