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The Vanguard Initiative and Circular Biobased Delta are presenting an online update of the Vanguard Bioeconomy Pilot as part of the morning workshop programme of the Lustrum edition of Natural Fibertastic Event on Thursday 30 september 2021.

The Bioeconomy Pilot in Vanguard aims at supporting the deployment of high TRL technologies, through the setting up of transregional value chains in an industry-driven process, where public support comes into play to help bridging the valley of death. The pilot aims at identifying critical challenges beyond the capabilities of a single region to team up skills, energies and resources that can make a difference in market terms.

Seven demo cases are currently under development, with a wide spectrum of approaches and topics, from large scale investment to extended networking of smaller infrastructures. All demo cases have been working in order either to shape their ideas into a Vanguard- compatible approach or to condense different approaches in a single, common project. A Memorandum of Understanding with the Biobased Industry Consortium, representing the private side of the Bio Based Industry Joint Technology Initiative, has been signed to develop common activities and the pilot has been positioned in order to take full advantage of different EC initiatives via both the Industrial Modernization platform and the European Cluster Collaboration Platform.

Register for the webinar ‘Creating impact with biobased democases’ to get access the Microsoft Teams session.

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09:00 Intro to Vanguard and Bioeconomy Pilot by Ilaria Re,EU Project Director Vanguard Initiative
09:10 Lignocellulosic Biorefinery democase
Fibers - Rob Elias, Director Biocomposite Center, Bangor, Wales region.
Lignin to asphalt - Willem Sederel, Chair Circular Biobased Delta, South Netherlands region
09:30 Bioaromatics case - Ludo Diels, Senior Research Leader Vito, Flanders
09:40 Liquified Biomethane - Maurizio Bettiga, Chief Innovation Officer at Italbiotec SrL, Lombardy region
09:50 Update from one of the regions – Varmland region, Sweden (to be confirmed)
10:00 Questions and dialogue
10:30 Closure