Heavy transport powered by sugarcane, plastics derived from potatoes and medicine extracted from grass; these are examples of innovations, based on renewable sources of energy and materials. Important innovations in replacing fossil resources by biomass have already occurred. The aim is to find the tipping point in creating a more innovative and low carbon society, reconciling demands for sustainable agriculture and food security with the sustainable use of renewable biological resources for industrial purposes, while ensuring environmental protection. A more cohesive, cross-sectoral and trans-disciplinary approach is needed for a steady transition to a sustainable, bio-based economy. The quest is to find a way for stakeholders to work more closely together.
Representatives from all important sectors will participate in the seminar: the academic world, the industrial sectors involved, consumer organisations, NGO’s and government. Diversity of expertise, professional background, nationality and perspective allows for an integrated approach to solving problems and building bridges.
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