Helsinki to host the European Bioeconomy Investment Summit next December


Chris Patermann at the first edition of the Bioeconomy Investment Summit, Brussels, 9-10 November 2015

The second edition of the Bioeconomy Investment Summit will take place on 14-15 December in Helsinki, Finland, organized by the European Commission and the European Forest Institute. Over 30 speakers from across the globe will share their views on how we can bring together the economy and the environment. “New advances in technology – the organizers say – mean that everything that can be made out of oil can be made from renewable, biological resources. There are huge environmental and business opportunities for a wide range of industries: construction, chemicals, textiles, energy, plastics”.

More than 400 participants are expected in Helsinki to discuss how investment can bring speed and scale to the European Bioeconomy. The two days conference will showcase successful business cases and will focus on the importance of the policy and investment environment to unlock the potential of bioeconomy companies.

Speakers’ panels debated on what can be done to further unlock public and private investment and presented new commercial and competitive uses for natural resources and innovative, resource-efficient industrial processes leading to the creation of entirely new, environmentally sustainable markets.

Among the speakers there are Catia Bastioli, CEO of Novamont, Mathieu Flamini, co-founder of GFBiochemicals, Marc Palahí, director of EFI, John Bell, director of Directorate Bioeconomy at the European Commission, Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of Lanzatech, Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President of the European Commission, Robert Costanza, Australian National University, and Esko Aho, former Prime Minister of Finland.

 

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