Knowledge Based Bio-Economy

Bioeconomy panel meets to reinforce EU action on the Bioeconomy

February saw the second plenary meeting of the 30-strong European Bioeconomy Panel of experts drawn from producers, industry, academia and civil society. It was chaired by John Bell and Reinhard Buescher of the European Commission who opened the meeting by highlighting important recent developments such as the launch of Horizon 2020, new proposals for climate and energy policy, and a new communication on industrial policy.

The meeting provided an opportunity to start work on the two thematic working groups – biomass supply and the creation of markets in the bioeconomy. In the discussion on market-making in the bioeconomy the Panel were presented with case studies on the Italian bio-plastics market, and on the Crescentino industrial plant – built with FP7 support – which is the world’s largest advanced biofuels facility.

The Panel also held a hearing with trade union and ILO representatives to better understand labour and employment issues in the bioeconomy. Issues covered in the hearing included skills, labour standards and the potential for employment growth in the bioeconomy.

Panel members had the opportunity to present their proposals on future EU action on the bioeconomy to Waldemar Kütt, the head of Cabinet of Commissioner Geoghean-Quinn. Among others, these proposals covered matters like the need for greater policy coherence, overcoming investment barriers, and resource efficiency.

The next plenary meeting of the Bioeconomy Panel will be held in September 2014.

Read a summary of the Bioeconomy Panel discussions here pdf - 212 KB [212 KB] .