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Towards a sustainable future - What is the potential of the EU’s bioeconomy?


Towards a sustainable future - What is the potential of the EU’s bioeconomy?


Achieving the EU’s ambitions for a more sustainable, resilient and competitive economy requires actions across many sectors. Europe’s bioeconomy, which converts renewable resources from agriculture, forests, and seas - including residues and waste - into food, feed, materials, and energy, contributes to this effort.

According to the European Commission, a sustainable bioeconomy is necessary to build a carbon neutral future in line with the climate objectives set out in the Paris Agreement. Bioenergy, currently the EU’s largest renewable energy source, remains a key component of the energy mix in 2023 and can contribute to meeting the EU renewable energy targets of at least 32% by 2030.

The 2018 update of the Commission’s Bioeconomy Strategy aims to accelerate the deployment of a sustainable European bioeconomy to maximise its contribution towards the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as the Paris Agreement.

Join this Euractiv Hybrid Conference to discuss the future of the EU’s bioeconomy. Questions to be addressed include:

- What are the key policy challenges related to the bioeconomy and the sector’s new policy “manifesto”?
- What have been the EU’s updated Bioeconomy Strategy successes so far, and what can be improved?
- How can the EU bioeconomy help achieve related goals for climate-change mitigation, energy security, innovation and strategic autonomy?

Supported by:



Brussels Network Office - International Press Centre
1 Bd Charlemagne // 2nd floor


Peter Wehrheim
Head of Unit, Bioeconomy & Food Systems, DG RTD, European Commission

Kristina Nordéus
Counsellor for Agriculture, SCA, Spokesperson, Permanent Representation of Sweden to the EU

Simona Vrevc
Counsellor for Agriculture, SCA Spokesperson, Permanent Representation of Slovenia to the EU

Barna Kovács
Secretary General, BIOEAST

prof.dr. Justus Wesseler
Researcher, Wageningen University

Juliette Jacques
Deputy Managing Director, Starch Europe


Dave Keating


12:00 - 12:30 Registration of participants
12:30 - 12:35 Welcome
12:35 - 12:50 Panellist statements
12:50 - 13:55 Discussion and Q&A
13:55 - 14:00 Closing statements

Followed by a light networking lunch


Síofra Gilmore
+32 222 65 823

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