Ecomondo 2022
  • Wednesday, November 9, 2022
  • 14:30 - 17:00
  • Memo
  • Tiglio 2 Room A6 Pav
  • Italian

Organized by: Ecomondo Scientific Technical Committee & Italian Cluster of Circular bioeconomy SPRING

Shifting from non-renewable fossil raw materials and minerals to circular bio-based production processes is essential to reach the EU’s climate targets as set out in the European Green Deal. Towards this goal 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. In recognition of the strategic value of the bioeconomy, the Council of the European Union decided to adopt the regulation establishing the Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking (CBE JU), one of nine European partnerships, which will succeed the BBI JU. Despite the strategic value of this sector, which is proving to be able to regenerate brownfield sites, create new jobs, and create bioproducts that do not impact ecosystems, the biobased industry is facing many challenges such as the impossibility of reusing certain waste streams, 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 sector.

Session Chair

Mario Bonaccorso, Cluster Spring Director



14.30 Welcome
Introduction by the Chairs  

14.40 Supporting the bio-based industrial sector
Luca Bianchi, General Director Svimez (TBC)
Danilo Porro, MUR delegate Cluster 6 Horizon Europe (TBC)
Luca Pagetti, Head of Startup Growth Financing Department at Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center (TBC)
Cristina Prandi, Professor and Vice Rector for Research - UniTO

15.10 Emerging sustainable technologies and industrial scale-up

ENVIRONMENT PARK – Management and potential valorization of bioplastics separated from the OFMSW
Paola Zitella – Manager of Green Chemistry area, Environment Park

OHOSKIN - Sustainable, vegan leather alternative from oranges and cacti
Adriana Santanocito – Ohoskin CEO (TBC)

PLANTAREI BIOTECH – Plants and food residues in cosmetics and medicines
Elena Sgaravatti – Plantarei Biotech CEO

REWOW - From waste oils to bio-based polymers for high value-added sectors
Antonino Biundo – Rewow CEO

TERRANEXT – Bioeconomy Accelerator
Enrico Noseda – Chief Innovation Advisor Cariplo Factory (TBC)

15.50 Panel Discussion: Biorefinery for local regeneration, challenges and opportunities

Andrea Lanuzza Technical Director, Gruppo CAP
Giulio Bonazzi, Aquafil CEO (TBC)
Giacomo Rispoli Senior Executive Director Waste To Chemical Nextchem (TBC)
Giulia Gregori, Novamont Strategic Planning and Corporate Communication Manager
Stefano Carosio, Executive Director STAM

16.30 Conclusion

Laura D’Aprile, Head of Department for Ecological Transition and Green Investments (TBC)
Alessandra Todde, Deputy Minister for Economic Development (TBC)
Luca Annibaletti, coordinator of the Business Crisis Unit, Italian Ministry of Economic Development (TBC)