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.


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

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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.

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BIR – Citizen engagement & awareness in Bergen

CSCP – stakeholder engagement & citizen awareness in the biowaste value chain

CluBE – Stakeholder Engagement in Kozani and the Region of Western Macedonia

IMEC-smit, VUB – Behaviour change for the bioeconomy

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.


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 Aqualia

Juan Cortes

Chief Science Officer at Entomo 

Michael Jensen

Group Chief Commercial Officer at UNIBIO

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PERSEO Biotechnology – Development and Engineering of Biotechnological Processes for Waste Valorization

Aqualia – Converting wastewater treatment plants into biofactories

CENER – Circular Urban Biorefinery Concept

CETENMA – The HOOP project

TUC – Utilisation of sewage sludge from wastewater treatment plant as agricultural product – Biochar production

Unibio – Scalable technology that provides protein in large quantities with a small footprint

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.


Stavros Tsitouras

Senior Project Manager at the BioSense Institute

Evgenia Vogiatzidaki

Environmental Engineer at DRAXIS

Tonje Liverød

Product Engineer at BIR Bedrift

Jorge Rodrigues de Almeida

‎Climate and Energy Professional at RdA Climate Solutions

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RdA Climate Solutions – How do investors see innovative circular projects?

DRAXIS – New circular business models

BIR – New business models in the Bergen region

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.


Amaia Garcia Bilbao

Researcher at ‎GAIKER

Gianluca Anzelmo
Researcher & Project Manager at Novamont

Tuomo Eskelinen

Innovation & Circular Economy Specialist at Savonia University of Applied Sciences

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GAIKER – Methods for assessing safety of bio-based products

Novamont – Safety and acceptance of biobased products case studies

SAVONIA – Methods for evaluating social acceptance

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.


Giulio Poggiaroni

Project Manager and Public Affairs at EUBIA

Silvia Maltagliati

Policy Officer – Urban and regional circular bioeconomy, waste, energy and climate at European Commission DG Research & Innovation

Jose Luis Cifuentes

Director of Promotion and Information, Valdemingomez Technology Park, Madrid City Council

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European Commission DG RTD – Circular Economy policies and upcoming R&I initiatives

EUBIA – Circular policies for changing the biowaste systems (ROOTS)

Madrid City Council – Madrid circular economy ambition and questions for policy

ESPP – The European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform and the Urban Circular Bioeconomy Policy

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