An exclusive interview with Florent Allais, President of CEBB. “The transition to bio-based products requires the implementation of more coherent regulations”


“France has been involved and promoted the bioeconomy for a long time, even before the word bioeconomy was used. The effort for supporting valorization of biomass for producing energy chemicals and materials started in the 90’s with a dedicated agency so-called AGRICE”. To say this – in this exclusive interview with Il Bioeconomista – is Florent Allais, President of the Centre Européen de Biotechnologie et de Bioéconomie based in Pomacle. With Prof. Allais we talk about the French and the European bioeconomy, the role of research and technology transfer and the importance of collaborations at European level.

Interview by Mario Bonaccorso

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The Bioeconomy makes its debut at the Conference of Parties in Sharm el-Sheikh

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Jukka Kantola

We receive and publish this post by Jukka Kantola, the founder of the World BioEconomy Forum. The World BioEconomy Forum is a global platform for circular bioeconomy stakeholders to share ideas and promote bio-based solutions.

We have witnessed that several economies are putting more efforts into the bioeconomy. Only in the last half year alone there have been multiple examples of work being carried out, despite other challenges, including the tail end of the pandemic, geopolitical tensions and energy prices. 

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COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh to Focus on Delivering on the Promises of Paris

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The United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27 opened yesterday with the key aim of ensuring full implementation of the Paris Agreement. Discussions at COP27 begin near the end of a year that has seen devastating floods and unprecedented heat waves, severe droughts and formidable storms, all unequivocal signs of the unfolding climate emergency. At the same time, millions of people throughout the world are confronting the impacts of simultaneous crises in energy, food, water and cost of living, aggravated by severe geopolitical conflicts and tensions. In this adverse context, some countries have begun to stall or reverse climate policies and doubled down on fossil fuel use.

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EU Commission presents the findings of the EU Bioeconomy Strategy Progress Report

John Bell in Helsinki

The high-level conference ‘The Bioeconomy – Enabling the European Green Deal in Challenging Times’ is taking place today in the Charlemagne building in Brussels. The EU Commission is presenting the findings of the EU Bioeconomy Strategy Progress Report, adopted in June 2022, and is highlighting the role of bioeconomy policy to enhance policy coherence and system thinking.

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In the US Biden launched a new Initiative to accelerate biotechnology innovation and grow bioeconomy


President Biden signed an Executive Order to launch a US National Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Initiative that “will ensure we can make in the United States all that we invent in the United States. This Initiative will create jobs at home, build stronger supply chains, and lower prices for American families”. Yesterday, the White House hosted a Summit on the National Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Initiative during which cabinet agencies announced a wide range of new investments and resources that will allow the United States to harness the full potential of biotechnology and biomanufacturing and advance the President’s Executive Order. 

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India inaugurated its first 2G Ethanol Biorefinery


India’s Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi unveiled first Indian 2G Ethanol Bio-Refinery at Panipat Haryana. This project is based on Praj’s proprietary technology processing rice straw as feedstock for production of Ethanol.

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USA launched the Bioproduct Pilot Program funded by Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Joe Biden with former US President Barack Obama

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for a new pilot program created under President Biden’s historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to support the development of biobased products that have lower carbon footprints and increase the use of renewable agricultural materials, creating new revenue streams for farmers. This $10 million investment is part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s ongoing work to rebuild our infrastructure and create good-paying jobs and economic opportunity in our rural communities.

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The EU bioeconomy stakeholders will gather in Brussels on 6-7 October

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Berlaymont, European Commission’s Headquarter in Brussels

The EU Commission will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the first Bioeconomy Strategy, by organizing a high-level conference in Brussels. The conference “The Bioeconomy – Enabling the European Green Deal in Challenging Times” will take place on 6 and 7 October in the Charlemagne building. In addition, all sessions will also be live-streamed to allow everyone to get involved from anywhere.

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IFIB goes to Bari. From 28 to 30 September the Italian city will be the capital of circular bioeconomy


Bari, in South-eastern Italy, will be the capital of circular bioeconomy from 28 to 30 September. The International Forum on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioeconomy (IFIB) will be held in this city this year at the Kursaal Santalucia Theather. And it will be completely in presence.

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New Report: In France, Germany, Italy and Spain the bioeconomy is worth €1,500 billion

Former EU Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn speaks to delegates during the Bioeconomy conference in Dublin on February 14, 2013.

In 2021, the bioeconomy in EU4 (France, Germany, Italy and Spain) has reached a value of production of €1,500 billion, employing over 7 million people. Germany is confirmed as a leader with a value of €436.6 billion, then France (379.4 billion), Italy (364.3 billion) and Spain (251.5 billion). This is according a new Report realized by the Intesa Sanpaolo Research Department (Intesa Sanpaolo is one of the major banking group in Europe), in collaboration with Italian Circular Bioeconomy Cluster SPRING and Assobiotec, and today presented in Salerno (South Italy), which is dedicated to bioeconomy, which, in line with the definition of the European Commission, was defined as the set of activities using renewable natural resources to produce goods and energy, generating great advantages in terms of sustainability.

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