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14 Expert Insights from Day One of Bio-Based Live Europe.

Posted on May 31, 2017 10:26:00 PM

“Simple is not always brilliant, but ingenious is always easy."Opening session of Bio-Based Live Europe.

Today Bio-Based Live Europe opened its door at the University of Amsterdam to over 200 experts, entrepreneurs and innovators for an exciting day of learning, networking and discovering!

We have seen a range of companies throughout the value chain share their best practice to help strengthen the industry and raise the importance of the bioeconomy. Bio-Based Live has attracted some of the largest brands in the world, chemical producers and new start-ups all offering insights on the bio-based economy.

If you were unable to attend the conference this year then here is your opportunity to catch up on some of the day’s highlights from key industry influencers such as Carlsberg, Tetra Pak, Lanzatech, UPM, M+W Group and QMilk.

To keep up to date with live tweets from today and tomorrow you can use the #BioBasedLive and our @Bio_BasedWorld Twitter account for photos, quotes and news!

“Greenwashing cannot work anymore; a company’s reputation is really on the line when it comes to their bio-based performance.” Jos Peeters, Founder and Managing Partner, Capricorn Venture Capital.

How should SMEs approach larger companies like Carlsberg and collaborate on new technologies? “It’s important that you don’t miss the opportunity; reach out and be clear with your ideas. Very often, things just don’t materialise because people don’t have the confidence. Be reassured that larger companies won’t take over these new ideas but look to work on them together.” Charlotta Lyon, Vice President, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs, Carlsberg.

“Consumer awareness is increasing hand in hand with value recognition of environmentally sound products. Technology developments will make possible to have beverage cartons with all layers made of materials from renewable sources.” Irene Gedeon, Sustainability Director, Tetra Pak.

“Reuse and repurposing should always come first, whilst chemical recycling should be the second option because we also need to design new chemicals. Third is compost, because the market still remains complex with certain items containing PET.” Marcel Lubben, President, Reverdia.

“You have to accept that it takes a lot of time and a lot of money – and it will take more time and money than you think! Therefore, using third party expertise has been key for us.” Carl Wolf, VP Europe, Lanzatech.

“We have learnt that we need to participate earlier before investing in new business – value can be created by looking at innovation. Amsterdam is the innovative capital of Europe so we need to maximise this potential.” Micha Hes, Project Manager Business Development, Port of Amsterdam.

IMG_7779[1].jpg“We have been very committed to leave a better planet: since we’ve grown so much, we are very much aware of our footprint. Our ambition is to make a positive impact on the world our children will inherit.” Nelleke van der Puil, Vice President for Materials, LEGO.

“There is no single winning bio refining technology – individual and local situations drive viability. We are very positive about the future – even if it’s not until another decade! ... We are happy that we had the opportunity to benchmark two of our technologies because our research has found out that no one technology will deliver the ultimate solution.” Michael Deutsche, Director, Biochemicals, UPM.

“We are actively searching for solutions and ideas to create the same title and feeling for the consumer but their materials need to be produced from something other than what they are based on today.” Johan Bruck, Deputy Material Innovation and Development, IKEA.

“Common industrialisation problems – lack of in-house scale up expertise; research and development has to be compatible with industrial scale.” Dr Anton Volkov, Lead Process Engineer – Industrial Biotechnology, M+W Group.

We need the bio-based transition to happen quickly. CO2 emissions have doubled in the last 50 years - we need to do something completely different and we don’t have a lot of time. It’s not just a climate issue anymore, but it’s become an economic issue too. We only have a few decades left to make this change.” Professor Patricia Osseweijer, BE Basic, TU Delft

“Our business idea looks to turn methane into protein, decoupling protein production from farming and fishing. We are looking into the greatest challenge of humankind – how do we feed our people without ruining our planet?" Henrik Busch-Larsen, CEO, UNIBIO

If you wish to attend the second day of Bio-Based Live Europe, please click here.

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