The Future Role of Biorefining in the Bioeconomy

To present and discuss the potential role of biorefining and its stakeholders in the transition to a future Bioeconomy in which biomass will be sustainably used for the synergistic co-production of food, feed, biobased products and bioenergy.

Key topics:

  • Views and roles of different stakeholders on the transition towards a BioEconomy and/or a Circular Economy; who will take the lead?
  • Role of Biorefining within this transition process
  • Main drivers that support this transition process
  • Main technical AND non-technical barriers that hinder this transition process
  • Role of national and international governments
  • Supporting policies & instruments

Provisional program:

  • 11:30 – 11:35 Welcome and Intro. Rene van Ree. Coordinator IEA Bioenergy Task42/Wageningen UR, NL
  • 11:35 – 11:45 Novamont: An Integrated Approach to Bioeconomy and Biochemicals, Giulia Gregori, Novamont, I
  • 11:45 - 11:55 Pulp&Paper Industry´s Role in the BioEconomy – The Austrian Case, N.N., Austropapier, AT
  • 11:55 – 12:05 "Integrated Biorefineries" - Recommendations from the SCAR Collaborative Working Group, Stefan Rauschen, Juelich Division Bioeconomy, GER
  • 12:05 – 12:15 Results survey of major Bio(based) Economy Strategies in the 22 member countries of IEA Bioenergy, Martin Beermann, Joanneum Research, AT
  • 12:15 – 12:25 Results Survey on the Role of Industry in a Transition Towards the Bioeconomy in Relation to Biorefinery. Henning Jorgensen, Technical University of Denmark
  • 12:25 – 13:00 Panel Discussion: Moderator Gerfried Jungmeier. Joanneum Research, AT. Panelists from speakers and interaction with the audience.

11:30 – 13:00, 26th November 2015

Co-Chairs: Rene van Ree & Gerfried Jungmeier (IEA)



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.