Urban Circular Bioeconomy Webinar Series


May – June 2021

The EU Bioeconomy Strategy sees cities becoming major circular bioeconomy hubs, where biowaste is a feedstock for safe and sustainable bio-based products. This 6-part webinar series will explore the current state of the art in Europe along the value chain – from collection to valorisation – and discuss business and policy issues relevant for the development of urban bioeconomies across Europe.

The series is co-organised by HOOP, SCALIBUR, ValueWaste and WaysTUP! and is a partner event of EU Green Week 2021.

5 MAY | 12:00-13:30 CEST

1. Selective collection of urban biowaste

Soon to be a requirement across the EU, separate collection of urban biowaste is a prerequisite for the implementation of urban bioeconomy. In this webinar technical experts and municipal representatives will discuss common pitfalls and good practices for collecting a high quality organic fraction.

Speakers

Miguel Ángel Górriz Peris

Project Specialist at ITENE (Instituto Tecnológico del Embalaje, Transporte y Logística)

Manuel Valls Sevilla

Municipal Engineer in the European Programmes Department at Murcia City Council

Markus Paulsson

Energy strategist & Project Manager at Lund Municipality

Watch the recording

ITENE – Biowaste collection strategies

City of Lund – Selective collection of biowaste in Lund

Murcia City Council – Involvement of Murcia in Circular Economy Projects

Ferrovial – Selective collection of urban biowaste in Murcia

19 MAY | 12:00-13:30 CEST

2. Stakeholder engagement & citizen awareness

Updating an entire (bio)waste value chain requires the buy-in and long-term commitment of all stakeholders involved. This webinar will focus on strategies for engaging these stakeholders, changing mindsets and behaviour, and establishing local leadership.

26 MAY | 12:00-13:30 CEST

3. Technologies for urban biowaste and wastewater valorisation

A whole host of innovative processes are currently under development to valorise the Organic Fraction of Municipal Waste (OFMSW) and Urban Wastewater Sludge (UWWS) into added-value products. This webinar will highlight some of the most promising technologies currently emerging from EU-funded research projects.

Speakers

Martin Soriano

Valuewaste & HOOP Coordinator, CETENMA

Konstantinos Komnitsas

Professor at the School of Mineral Resources Engineering, Technical University of Crete (TUC)

Ines del Campo

Senior R&D Engineer and Project Manager at CENER

Ledicia Pereira Gómez

Project Manager at the Innovation & Technology Department of FCC Aqualia

Dimitris Malamis

Laboratory and Teaching Staff at National Technical University of Athens

Juan Cortes

Chief Science Officer at Entomo 

Michael Jensen

Group Chief Commercial Officer at UNIBIO

10 JUNE | 12:00-13:30 CEST

4. New business models

Prevailing business models are overwhelmingly linear and do not often consider the benefits of circularity, which can be hard to quantify. This webinar will share and discuss existing and successful innovative circular economy business models for urban circular bioeconomy.

Speakers

Stavros Tsitouras

Senior Project Manager at the BioSense Institute

Evgenia Vogiatzidaki

Environmental Engineer at DRAXIS

Kell Andersen

Senior Innovation Manager at Food & Bio Cluster Denmark

16 JUNE | 12:00-13:30 CEST

5. Safety and acceptance of biobased products

Creating new products from (bio)waste naturally raises some questions related to safety. And are consumers ready to embrace products made from waste? These topics will the be subject of our fifth webinar, where experts will discuss the most pressing issues and strategies to overcome them.

Speakers

Amaia Garcia Bilbao

Researcher at ‎GAIKER

Maria Teresa Riolo

Communication & Web Specialist at Novamont

Tuomo Eskelinen

Innovation & Circular Economy Specialist at Savonia University of Applied Sciences

Hossein Haghighi

Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Food Microbiology and Food Packaging, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

30 JUNE | 12:00-13:30 CEST

6. Policy influence

Circular economy (and bioeconomy) are central to the European Green Deal. But still a number of regulatory issues hamper the deployment of innovative solutions, slowing the uptake of urban bioeconomy. This webinar will discuss the most pressing issues, with testimonies from business and government.

Speakers

Giulio Poggiaroni

Project Manager and Public Affairs at EUBIA

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