• Friday, November 8, 2019
  • 10:00 - 13:45
  • Memo
  • Biobased Industry Room D3 Pav.

Organized by: Ecomondo Scientific Technical Committee and Cluster SPRING             


On October 2018, the European Commission has issued an update of its bioeconomy strategy: “A sustainable bioeconomy for Europe: strengthening the connection between economy, society and the environment”. According to the strategy, multi-product biorefineries are key elements to improve the efficiency of biomass utilization and to boost resource efficiency and waste prevention, as well as recycling and circularity. According to some estimates, approximately 300 biorefineries will need to be deployed in Europe by 2030 in order to meet the growing EU market demand in this sector. The bioeconomy represents one of the most important sectors of EU intervention to stimulate growth in rural and coastal areas and for the diffusion of sustainable solutions, with an annual turnover of about € 2.3 trillion and about 18 million employed. Given its strategic importance, the European Commission has decided to include the bio-economy in the € 10 billion allocated to Horizon Europe for food products and natural resources. However, the sector is facing many challenges such as the limited and discontinuous availability of sustainable biomass, the need for significant and risky investments for the industrial scale-up, the lack of a regulatory and policy framework boosting the sector, etc. The conference aims to deepen the strengths, priorities and critical issues of the bio-based industry sector.

Section chairs
Christian Patermann, Former Director European Commission
Cinzia Tonci, Italian Ministry of Economic Development


10.00 Introduction by the Chairs

10.15 Biorefinery contribution to a sustainable bioeconomy: techno-economic and environmental assessment
Serenella Sala, European Commission, JRC

10.30 The BBI JU overview of the status of policies and strategies to support the bio-based industrial sector
Philippe Mengal, Executive Director Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking – BBI JU

10.45 Legislative Framework: priorities and critical issues of the bio-based industry sector
Cinzia Tonci, MISE Italian Ministry of Economic Development


11.00 Case history: Mater-Biopolymer industrial rigeneration
Emilio Mazza, Plant Director, Mater-Biopolymer

11.15 New Energy from plastic waste
Paolo Fiaschi, ENI

11.30 Case history: Advanced biomethane from anaerobic digestion of agri-food industry waste
Lorenzo Valtieri, Energy Manager, Caviro EXTRA

11.45 Case history: Local innovative crops for food and industrial supply chains: hemp and flax cases
Beppe Croce, Chimica Verde Bionet

12.00 Citrus as a multifunctional crop to value supply chain and promote local development
Roberto Balducchi, ENEA

12.15 Case Study: Industrial symbiosis between public companies for the circular economy bio-platform
Andrea Lanuzza Technical Director, Gruppo CAP

12.30-130.30 CALL FOR PAPERS (pitch 6 min)

After the introductory speeches, stakeholders of the bio-based industry, on the basis of case studies, will show priorities and critical related to the biorefineries development.

The presentation is foreseen with speed pitch of about 6 minutes each.

Insects as biorefinery
Andrea Antonelli, Lara Maistrello Dept. Life Sciences, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia Federico Fontana, Giovanni Andrea Ferrari, Giacomo Benassi

Production of soluble organic compounds and assessment of the effect on anaerobic digestion
Viviana Negro (ACEA Pinerolese Industriale Spa), Enzo Montoneri (Università di Torino), Michéle Negre (Università di Torino), Elio Padoan (Università di Torino), Valter Boero (Università di Torino), Simone Solaro (Hysytech Srl), Carlo Licignano (Hysytech Srl), Sorani Montenegro (Hysytech Srl), Davide Mainero (ACEA Pinerolese Industriale Spa)

Biogas to liquid technology: the perspective of distributed biorefineries
Flavio Manenti (a), Enrica Bargiacchi (b), Sergio Miele (b), Fabio Rossi (c, d) Politecnico di Milano, CMIC Dept. "G. Natta" (b) Consorzio INSTM (c) Fattoria Autonoma Tabacchi- (d) Confagricoltura Umbria

Sulfur recovery in a wwtp with biomethane upgrading
O. Burzi (1); D. Scaglione (2); D.A. Ravezzani (1); L. Pedrazzi (1) (1) Suez Trattamento Acque SpA (2) CAP Holding SpA

Purification of functional extracts from agroindustrial by-products and their applications
Paola Zitella1, Barbara La Licata1, Alexia Boulanger1 , Francesca Valetti2, Gianfranco Gilardi2 1 Environment Park SpA 2 Università degli Studi di Torino –DBIOS -

Sustainable technologies for the extraction of bioactive phenolics from winery by-products
Da Porto C. (a), Scalet M (b); Natolino A. (a) (a) Dipartimento Politecnico di Ingegneria e Architettura, University of Udine, Italy (b) Department of Agricultural, Food, Environmental and Animal Sciences, University of Udine

Towards multi-purpose biorefinery platforms for the valorisation of grape pomace
Gonzalo A. Martinez, Joana M. B. Domingos, Sarah Notarfrancesco, Elena Morselli, Lorenzo Bertin DICAM - University of Bologna

Technical assessment of cardoon valorization by the syngas fermentation processes
Aristide Giuliano*, Isabella De Bari, Vittoria Fatta, Maria Teresa Petrone Laboratory for the development of processes for bio refineries and green chemistry ENEA, Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development

Cardoon residual biomass: characterizations of the epigeal fraction for use in gasification processes
Donatella Barisano1, Francesco Nanna1, Antonio Villone1, Cesare Freda1, Michele Falce2 1) CR Enea 2) Novamont S.p.A.

Polyols and triglycerides from lignocellulosic biomasses: an integrated biorefinery process
Antonio Caporusso, Vito Valerio, Federico Liuzzi, Roberto Albergo, Isabella De Bari Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA)

13.30 Discussion and closure by the chair



CB4 – 1 Innovative technologies in the reuse of residues from the dairy sector: economic feasibility
Claudio Lena, Lucia Pirollo Dipartimento di Economia e Giurisprudenza, Università degli studi di Cassino e del Lazio meridionale

CB4 – 2Turning wine waste into bio-electricity with microbial fuel cells
Alessandra D’Epifanio, Cadia D’Ottavi, Barbara Mecheri, Silvia Licoccia Department of Chemical Science and Technologies, University of Rome Tor Vergata

CB4 – 3 Webio: when it meets the bioeconomy
Silvia Silvestri, Luca Tomasi, Sara Bertolini, Fondazione Edmund Mach Trento – Italy Charlotte Richard, Geoffrey Karakachian, Elodie Le Cadre, ENGIE, FranceGwenael Postec, Didier Bouniol, OpenForêt, France