The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission is organising in Brussels on 26 November 2013 the first stakeholders round table of a three-year project to set up the bioeconomy observatory.
On 13 February 2012, the European Commission published a Communication "Innovating for Sustainable Growth: A Bioeconomy for Europe" (COM(2012)60).
In this Communication, the bioeconomy is defined as encompassing "the production of renewable biological resources and the conversion of these resources and waste streams into value added products such as food, feed, bio-based products and bioenergy". The Communication presents a Bioeconomy Strategy and Action Plan which includes as Action No6 to "Establish a Bioeconomy Observatory that allows the Commission to regularly assess the progress and impact of the bioeconomy…"
Within the European Commission, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) is responsible since March 2013 for the coordination of a three-year project to set-up the Bioeconomy Observatory (project acronym BISO, for Bioeconomy Information Systems Observatory).
The Bioeconomy Observatory will aim to provide regular data and analysis for policy makers and stakeholders to monitor the development of the bioeconomy and accordingly to support the implementation of the EU Bioeconomy Strategy. Data and information will be collected and disseminated about the three key pillars highlighted in the EU Bioeconomy Strategy:
- Investments in Research, Innovation and Skills (research pillar)
- Reinforced policy interaction and stakeholder engagement (policy pillar)
- Enhancement of markets and competitiveness in bioeconomy (markets pillar)
The three-year project timelines can be shortly summarised as:
- Year 1 (Q2-2013/Q1-2014): methodology definition
- Years 2-3 (Q2-2014/Q1-2016): methodology implementation i.e. data collection and dissemination
All along the project, the JRC will closely associate stakeholders to the development of the Bioeconomy Observatory. In this frame, the three-year Work Programme of the Bioeconomy Observatory project includes the organisation of three stakeholders events focused on the Bioeconomy Observatory (not the whole bioeconomy) respectively in the 4th quarter of 2013, 3rd quarter of 2014 and 3rd quarter of 2015.
The "Bioeconomy Observatory Stakeholders Round Table" organised by the European Commission JRC in Brussels on 26th November 2013 is the first of the three stakeholders events planned in the project Work Programme.
The focus of this first "Bioeconomy Observatory Stakeholders Round Table" will be on the methodology for the Bioeconomy Observatory.
Key questions on methodology to be addressed during the 26th November event include:
- Data identification: which data/information should be collected by the Bioeconomy Observatory? (be it on bioeconomy research, policy and markets)
- Data analysis: which key indicators should be produced by the Bioeconomy Observatory? (be it on be it on bioeconomy research, policy and markets)
- Data supply: which data/information sources should be used by the Bioeconomy Observatory? (be it on bioeconomy research, policy and markets)
The programme will be divided into three sessions addressing the three pillars around which both the Bioeconomy Strategy and the Bioeconomy Observatory are structured (i.e. in short Research, Policy and Markets pillars).
Each session will include:
- Presentations from the JRC about the proposed methodology for monitoring bioeconomy research, policy and markets
- Presentations from Bioeconomy Observatory partners about their expertise, expectations and possible cooperation with the Bioeconomy Observatory
- Discussions with the audience about the methodology for monitoring bioeconomy research, policy and markets
The key objective will be to collect stakeholders' feed-back, comments and expectations regarding the Bioeconomy Observatory methodology.
In addition to stakeholders feed-back during the 26th November event, further comments and information will be collected through the ad hoc Functional Mailbox: JRC-Bioeconomy-Obs@ec.europa.eu
Presentation of the Bioeconomy Observatory project
Damian Plan, Coordinator of the Bioeconomy Observatory project (BISO project - Bioeconomy Information System Observatory), Scientific Support to Innovation Union, Foresight and International Relations Unit, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
The EU Bioeconomy Observatory
Session I - Methodology and partners for the research pillar
Session II - Methodology and partners for the policy pillar
Paola Reale, Data Collection for Bioeconomy Policy, Scientific Support to Innovation Union, Foresight and International Relations Unit, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
POLICY Pillar Methodology
Dirk Carrez, Executive Director Biobased Industries Consortium (BIC), Bioeconomy Public Private Partnership (PPP)
The Bio-based industries Initiative (BBI) and the Bio-economy Observatory
Ingmar Streese, Head of Unit “Strategy and Coordination Bio-based Economy, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry” – German Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection
Renewable resources and biotechnological processes as a basis for food, industry and energy
Session III - Methodology and partners for the market pillar
Kjell Ivarsson, Vice Chairman of Copa-Cogeca Working party on Research & Copa-Cogeca representative in the Bioeconomy Panel
Bioeconomy Observatory - an efficient tool to proof what are driving forces for the EU bioeconomy
Robert M’barek, Data Management and Modelling for Bioeconomy Markets, Agriculture and Life sciences in the Economy unit, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
Data Management and Modelling for Bioeconomy Markets
Michael Carus, Managing Director of Nova Institut – “Study on Methodology framework for the Bioeconomy Observatory”
Methodology Framework for the Bioeconomy Observatory
Emilio Rodriguez-Cerezo, Biobased Industries Survey, Agriculture and Life sciences in the Economy, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
Surveying the EU bio-based industry
Dietrich Wittmeyer, Chairman of the Renewable Raw Materials (RRM) Industry Group
Methodology and Partners for Market Pillar
Boyan Kavalov, Bioeconomy Environmental Sustainability Assessment, Sustainability Assessment unit, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
Bioeconomy Environmental Sustainability Assessment