Biorefining is one of the key enabling strategies of the Circular Economy, closing loops of raw biomass materials (re-use of agro-, process- and post-consumer residues), minerals, water and carbon. It will result in cost-competitive co-production of food/feed ingredients, biobased products and bioenergy combined with optimal socio-economic and environmental impacts.
Industrial symbiosis – the process by which wastes or by‐products of an industry or industrial process become the raw materials for another – is also a crucial principle in the Circular economy.
This session will consider the status and prospects of biorefineries, future scenarios for industry transformation as well as green innovation possibilities through industrial symbiosis.
Michael Mandl, Managing Director & Environment and Energy Expert, tbw research, Austria
Green innovations through industrial symbiosis
Mats Eklund, Director of the transdisciplinary Biogas Research Centre, Linköping University, Sweden
The status of biorefineries in a circular economy
Bert Annevelink, Senior scientist biomass chains, Wageningen Food & Biobased Research, Netherlands
Barriers and incentives for the market diffusion of biorefineries in a circular economy
Franziska Hesser, Team leader Market Analysis and Innovation Research Team, WoodKplus, Austia
Planning The Canadian Bioeconomy in the Context of Industrial Symbiosis, the Circular Bioeconomy, and Net-Zero GHG Emissions (IETS TCP – Task XI Biorefineries)
Marzouk Benali, Senior Research Scientist, Manager of Biorefinery R&D Program, Natural Resources Canada, Canada
Paul Stuart, Full Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Polytechnique Montreal, Canada
(more speakers to be announced)