Scope of the congress

Food and non-food uses of renewable resources require global and integrated approaches

In the past, considerable research and commercial development was focused on the simultaneous conversion of biomass into food, biomaterials and energy in a same effort. However, market forces have progressively created specialized food and non-food sectors, with currently little or no bridges between them.

All too often, renewable energy and food production are indeed seen as calling for mutually exclusive choices.This rather binary view of global renewable resources is simply the blinkered vision of a society that has become accustomed to the availability of fossil fuels. To meet the challenge of a successfully transition toward the bioeconomy, it is necessary to counteract old trends, using today’s knowledge and tomorrow’s innovation to meet all of humankind’s needs while protecting the planet. Considering that biomass simultaneously provides for food and non-food products needs is required to address resource efficiency, get the most out of biomass while reducing waste.

Smart innovation is vital for a successful transition to the bioeconomy

To achieve the ambitious goal of a successful transition to the bioeconomy, it is necessary to build up new production methods, maximizing yields and minimizing losses, and ensuring that biomass production is fully sustainable.

It is also vital to imagine smart ways to use the biomass, squeezing out the maximum in terms of products and eliminating waste all along the value chain. New uses must be found for biomass, profiting from Nature’s chemistry to devise novel products that could equal or outperform those manufactured by the petrochemical industry. Finally, it is necessary to find a multitude of inventive ways to introduce biobased products into everyday life, taking into account local constraints and cultural preferences.

New business concepts and organisational innovation are needed

Admitting that future biobased industries might not be organized around large, port-based refineries is one way to imagine new deployment strategies for the bioeconomy. The new economic model is indeed likely to be different, reflecting the variety of its raw material base and the diversity of regional requirements, being sometimes adapted to big ports such as Rotterdam, but in other cases being suited to dense urban areas or rural societies.

Although the challenge of bioeconomy is massive and perhaps unprecedented, and the future is impossible to predict, the introduction of new, bold ideas is essential.

BFFM 2015

"So, if you are passionate about the bioeconomy and believe that the theme chosen by Expo Milano 2015 - Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life – is an important one, then join us in Montpellier to share ideas, develop truly innovative solutions and build a sustainable future for over 9 billion human beings. BFFM 2015 invites participants to join in the creation of a diverse and extremely smart bioeconomy."

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