17 Juli 2019

John Bell in Helsinki: “In the Bioeconomy we need more Finlands”

Europe – it’s time to deliver in the Bioeconomy

“We need more Finlands in the Bioeconomy”. This is what John Bell, director Bioeconomy at the EU Commission said yesterday in Helsinki at the European Bioeconomy Scene 2019, organized with the objective to achieve an inclusive and sustainable bioeconomy for Europe.

This means for Europe it’s time to deliver in the Bioeconomy. According to Bell, “the circular Bioeconomy is one of the motors of the social and economic transition and one of the keys for Europe to be carbon neutral by 2050”.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland and the European Commission jointly organized the conference as one of the main events to be held in Helsinki during Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The conference is one of the absolute highlights of the bioeconomy sector in Europe.

The bioeconomy is a sustainable solution aiming to combat urgent global problems, such as climate change, increasing competition for natural resources and regional development.

“The bioeconomy is an important part of Finland’s economy now and will continue to be so in the future. In order to implement the transition to the bioeconomy at the European level, we need better consensus, commitment and decisions. This conference is a remarkable arena for discussion on the smart and responsible use of renewable resources, and it will lead our way in building a sustainable future for Europe, working all together”, said Jari Leppä, Finnish Minister of Agriculture and Forestry.

The Bioeconomy offers innovative approaches to the agriculture and food sectors, forestry and forest industry and chemical and pharmaceutical industries. The main focus of the conference was on strengthening and scaling up bio-based sectors and on unlocking investments and markets. The aim is to raise public awareness and promote dialogue between the Commission, EU Member States and stakeholders.

The conference brought together academics, researchers, stakeholders, policymakers and representatives of business and civil society who share an interest in the bioeconomy. A wide range of participants is expected from all around Europe.

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Source: Il Bioeconomista, 2019-07-10.

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