WORKSHOP: Production of low ILUC Risk biomass feedstock

This workshop aims at gathering views and results from a series of ongoing and recent Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe projects, developing solutions to sustainably produce low ILUC risk biomass feedstock for industrial uses.

Organizers: This event is organized in Thessaloniki (Greece) as part of the activities of the BIKE project with the support of projects: MAGIC, GOLD, MIDAS, MAIL, GRACE, BECOOL, CARINA, BIO4A, CERESIS, PHY2CLIMATE, MARGINUP, FORTE.

ATTENDANCE: the workshop will be held in person, participation is free of charge but registration is mandatory, please get your ticket on Eventbrite

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In the first part, presentations from project coordinators and partners will cover multiple topics, such as:

  • mapping of marginal land in Europe and their use for the cultivation of industrial crops for biofuels, bio-based products and biorefineries;
  • phytoremediation of contaminated land with industrial crops for the production of biofuels and bio-based products;
  • the combination of drought resistant oil crops and the use of biochar in dry Mediterranean areas;
  • innovative cropping systems for additional biomass production, biodiversity enhancement and climate-positive farming.

In the second part, parallel teamworks and discussions will identify the key policy and industry-relevant results, common challenges, possible solutions, needs for further research and regulatory initiatives.


8:30 -9:00: Registration – Get together

9:00-9:20 Welcome and presentation of workshop concept (Efi Alexopoulou, CRES)

9:20 -9:40 R&I support on advanced biofuels under WP2023-2024 (Maria Georgiadou, European Commission, DG RTD)

9:40 -10:00 Policy messages from the European Commission on Bio-based systems and bioeconomy (Tomasz CALIKOWSKI, European Commission Policy Officer DG RTD B1 Circular Economy and Bio-based systems)

10:00-10:20 Mapping the marginal lands in Europe: The MAGIC, BIKE, GOLD & MIDAS projects (Berien Elbersen, WR, Netherlands)

10:00-10:40 The MAiL Experience: Identifying Marginal Lands in Europe and strengthening their contribution potentialities in a CO2 sequestration strategy (Petros Patias, AUTH, Greece)

10:40-11:00 Coffee-break

11:00-11:20 The BIKE project: Biofuel production at low ILUC risk for European sustainable bioeconomy (Andrea Salimbeni, RE-CORD)

11:20-11:40 The GRACE project – Growing advanced industrial crops on marginal lands for biorefineries. (Andreas Kiesel, UHOH)

11:40-12:00 Growing industrial crops on marginal lands and getting feedstock for biobased economy and bioenergy: the MAGIC and MIDAS projects (Efi Alexopoulou, CRES)

12:00-12:20 Innovative cropping systems to produce low iLUC feedstock: the BECOOL and CARINA projects (Andrea Parenti, UNIBO, Italy)

12:20-12:40 The BIO4A project – Drought resistant oil crops and biochar application in dry Mediterranean areas for SAF, soil health and carbon sequestration. (David Chiaramonti, RECORD/Polito)

12:40-13:40 Lunch break

13:40-14:00 The CERESiS Project: ContaminatEd land Remediation through Energy crops for Soil improvement to liquid biofuel Strategies (Athanasios Rentizelas, NTUA, Greece & Richard Lord, University of Strathclyde, UK)

14:00-14:20 Clean biofuel production and phytoremediation solutions from contaminated lands worldwide: The Phy2Climate project (Markus Ortner, ITS, Austria)

14:20-14:40 Bridging the gap between phytoremediation and advanced biofuels production: The GOLD project (Efi Alexopoulou, CRES & Eleni G Papazoglou, AUA)

14:40-15:00 Increasing bio-based industrial low-iLUC feedstock production – Mapping use cases and marginal lands in the MarginUp! project (Kristina Mjöfors, RISE, Angeliki Foutri, CluBE & Thi Huyen Trang Dam, ATB)

15:00-15:20 Growing fibre crops on contaminated lands for phytoremediation and biobased products: the Forte project (Eleni G. Papazoglou, AUA)

15:20-15:40 Flagship demonstration of an Integrated bioRefinery for dry crops Sustainable exploiTation TOwards biobased materials pRodUctioN; The First2run project (Michele Falce, Novamont, Italy)

15:40-16:00 Coffee-break

16:00-17:15 Working groups

17:15-17:30 Wrap up

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