From feedstocks to supply chains, technology, legislation and consumer demand, bioproduct growth is responding to a complex web of factors and ensuring that its development prioritises sustainability takes real leadership. The brands and organisations that are building the bioeconomy of the future will share their valuable lessons on the challenges, opportunities and future – as we transition from the media ‘wow’ factor of big name innovation to consumer-supported long-term and meaningful impacts across the value chain.
The workshop will discuss and address the following questions:
The role of the bioeconomy in the circular economy
Circular, bio-based models for rural communities – how can these work?
Can our planet cover the needs for plant biomass? How do we scale up the production and delivery of sustainable bioproducts in a responsible manner?
How can global brands address true sustainability in their approaches?
Recycling, extending life span of products or bio based materials etc. are not by definition sustainable solutions. In the end, we seek solutions that generate economic and social value and at the same time, from a life-cycle perspective, do not:
rely on traditional fossil-based inputs
require non-renewable or non-recyclable raw materials
generate harmful emissions, waste and degradation or loss of biodiversity
Day 1: RSB Member Showcase
Get to know RSB’s visionary members as they showcase their work and share their lessons and practical insights on what it takes to build sustainability into different areas of the bioeconomy. This session is designed to support collaboration, provide networking opportunities and highlight the potential for new partnerships, across industry and sectors, to provide solutions for some of society’s most pressing challenges.
Day 2: Assembly of Delegates
To ensure that RSB remains on the cutting edge of sustainability in technology, policy and market development, our annual Assembly of Delegates provides a platform for our members to come together to guide the development of our standard. At this meeting different perspectives and opinions are discussed and debated, to ensure relevant outcomes are integrated into the world’s most credible sustainability standard.
The agenda for the Annual meeting of delegates includes discussion and approvals of RSB standards currently under revision, insights into new market trends and opportunities for RSB, and the launch of a new membership offering and engagement plan.
RSB’s governance system allows all areas of the bioeconomy to have a voice at the table and the meeting is an opportunity for these diverse stakeholders to meet, discuss, debate and agree on solutions. RSB subsidises the participation of social and environmental NGOs in order to ensure a truly participative and transparent dialogue.
While this part of the meeting is a member only event, we encourage non-members who have attended Day 1 to observe and take part in open sessions.
Agrisoma is meeting the growing global demand for sustainably sourced, renewable biofuels with Carinata, a sustainably grown crop designed for producing low GHG fuels with no land use change or other adverse effects.
UPM plans to become a major player in high quality, advanced biofuels for transport. Biofuels are an essential part of the Biofore strategy. The innovative wood-based biofuels developed by the company and their production technologies are part of a sustainable future. UPM’s biofuels are frontrunners in quality, usability and sustainability.
RSB's Annual Meeting runs alongside European Bioplastics' Conference and we will be partnering with them to showcase the growing market for bioproducts of all kinds
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