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Together with EU and national policy-makers, as well as key stakeholders and practitioners, Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) and Zero Waste Europe (ZWE) will discuss in an online event the issue of bio-waste on 17 March from 11:00 AM -12:00 PM (CET).

The conference is hosted by Finnish MEP Elsi Katainen and involves speakers from the European Environment Agency (EEA), a region participating in BIC’s bioeconomy platform, ZWE, and BIC.

This event takes place in the context of the EU’s Circular Economy Action Plan and is part of BIC’s actions to help tackle Europe’s waste challenges through creating new value from bio-waste.

The workshop will present findings from the BIC & ZWE report on bio-waste and discuss opportunities and challenges of untapping bio-waste’s potential, also with regard to EU waste legislation, including the obligation for EU Member States to separately collect bio-waste by 2023.


Session 1: EU policy framework and facts & figures

11:00: Foreword – Elsi Katainen, MEP, European Parliament

11:05: Bio-waste in Europe – policies and opportunities – Almut Reichel, Project Manager. European Environmental Agency (EEA)

11:15: The untapped potential: distance to potential captures of bio-waste, and the way to move forward – Enzo Favoino, Chair of Scientific Committee. Zero Waste Europe (ZWE)

Session 2: How to untap the bio-waste potential in Europe? Case studies

11:25: RDI of bio-based industry side stream utilisation as a part of Kainuu RIS3 implementation – Jouni Ponnikas, Director Regional Development. Kainuu region (Finland).

11:35: Urban bio-waste valorisation in the circular bio-economy – Daniele Turati, R&D Project Manager

11:45: Q&A session: Untapping the potential of bio-waste: Opportunities and obstacles – Jack McQuibban, Cities Program Coordinator, ZWE

11:55: Takeaway messages and conclusion. Elsi Katainen, MEP, European Parliament.

12:00: End of webinar

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