# 6 Newsletter BalticBiomass4Value

Dear Readers,

FNR, as Communication Manager of BalticBiomass4Value, is proud to announce the publication of the 6th BalticBiomass4Value project newsletter.

As this is the final issue, all the project outcomes are summarised in this newsletter.

To download the newsletter click here: BB4V 6th Newsletter

We hope you enjoy reading it!

For questions regarding the newsletter contact: Lena Huck (l.huck@fnr.de)


Transnational Hybrid Conference_Event Summary

On 20-22 October 2021, the BalticBiomass4Value project held the Transnational Hybrid Conference “Unlocking the Potential of Bio-based Value Chains in the Baltic Sea Region”. The University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn (Poland) hosted the event.

The conference focused on three themes:

  • Identifying and assessing market opportunities, biomass potential, technologies and business models for circular bioeconomy development.
  • Preparing guidelines for circular bioeconomy development support at local level and promoting them among public authorities.
  • Improving circular bioeconomy innovation support services and initiating pilot business projects.

Session 1: Identifying and assessing market opportunities, biomass potential, technologies and business models for circular bioeconomy development

The conference was opened by Prof. Dr. hab. Jerzy Jaroszewski, Vice-Rector for Research and Scientific Policy of the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn. Followed by a brief introduction of the BalticBiomass4Value project by its Project Coordinator, Virginija Kargyte (Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania).

Next, Erik Trømborg, NMBU - Norwegian University of Life Sciences presented the market outlook and future viability of different bioenergy products and value chains in the Baltic Sea Region energy systems. Mariusz Stolarski, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn outlined the biomass value chains in the Baltic Sea Region, whilst Ants-Hannes Viira, Estonian University of Life Sciences discussed good practice business models developed during the BalticBiomass4Value project.

Session 2: Preparing guidelines for circular bioeconomy development support at local level and promoting them among public authorities

In the second session, Malgorzata Zimniewska from the Institute of Natural Fibres and Medicinal Plants in Poland, representing the BIOEAST Initiative and BIOEASTsUP project, discussed the development of sustainable bioeconomies in Central and Eastern Europe. Subsequently, Arnis Lenerts, Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies presented good practice implementation guidelines for circular bioeconomy development and training programmes, developed as part of the BalticBiomass4Value project.

The poster session was the last session of the day, followed by two internal events: a training for knowledge and technology transfer service providers and the BalticBiomass4Value Consortium project meeting. In the evening, physically present participants were invited to enjoy the networking dinner.

Internal Training

As part of the conference, FNR organised an internal training aimed at knowledge and technology transfer service providers within the project partnership. During the training, the demo version of the BalticBiomass4Value interactive online portal was presented. Participants had the opportunity to gain insights into the interactive online portal and discuss the relevance of e-tools for knowledge and technology transfer. All the different functions of the interactive online portal were outlined and participants shared their experiences, as well as providing feedback on how the interactive online portal could be improved.

Session 3: Improving circular bioeconomy innovation support services and initiating pilot business projects.

The second day and third session was kicked-off by Henrik Barth’s (Halmstad University, Sweden) presentation on the relevance of the business model canvas for bio-based businesses. Then two features of the BalticBiomass4Value interactive online portal were presented. Ants-Hannes Viira, Estonian University of Life Sciences introduced the business planning tool, whilst Michał Krzyżaniak, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn presented specifics about the biological waste potential and bioenergy demand modelling calculators.

The presentations were followed by a panel discussion in which experiences from the BalticBiomass4Value business consultations-matchmaking activities were exchanged. Inga Matijosyte (Lithuanian Biotechnology Association), Riina Maruštšak (Estonian Chamber of Agriculture and Commerce) and Sascha Hermus (3N Kompetenzzentrum e.V.) shared their insights.

Finally, Paweł Stachowicz provided a presentation about Quercus sp. z o.o., the largest producer of biomass in Poland. The company was featured as a business case in the BalticBiomass4Value report on good practice business models. Physically present participants had the opportunity to visit the company in the afternoon.

 


Event Summary of Experience Exchange and Networking Event held on 9-10 November 2021

On 9-10 November 2021, the Interreg Baltic Sea Region project BalticBiomass4Value held the Experience Exchange and Networking Event “Perspectives and Challenges of Local Authorities and Municipal Waste Management Enterprises for Bio-Waste Management. The event was hosted by Vidzeme Planning Region, Halmstad University and 3N Kompetenzzentrum e.V.. Mr. Frans Debets, an expert in urban environment and climate issues moderated the event.

The first day of the event aimed at municipal and state-owned companies relevant to the value chain of bio-waste management. Experts of different fields gave presentations, covering various aspects of bio-waste management.  Prof. Dr. Daniel Pleissner, Leuphana University of Lüneburg-Institute of Sustainable and Environmental Chemistry (Germany), discussed future perspectives and challenges of bio-waste management, followed by his presentation on innovative bio-waste management and utilisation technologies. Dr. Miguel Angel Suarez Valdes, Project manager at HOOP Project, CETENMA (Spain), gave an overview of the HOOP Project, which supports cities and regions in developing large-scale urban circular bioeconomy initiatives, with a focus on urban bio-waste effective management. Mr. Hans-Peter Erhar, Sales manager at BEKON GmbH (Germany), presented technologies and practices used for biogas production and composting of bio-waste from households.

The event`s second day aimed at local, regional, and national authorities and administrations interested in bio-waste management. Prof. Marie Mattson, Rydberg Laboratory for Applied Sciences, Halmstad University (Sweden), illustrated the relevance of biogas, arguing that it is a good environmental option for treating bio-waste. Dr. Rūta Bendere, Member of the Latvian Waste Management Association board (Latvia), discussed life cycle thinking and assessments for waste management at the municipal and institutional level. Ms. Elvira Laneborg, who is an Ecological sustainability development officer for the City Hall of the municipality of Kalmar (Sweden), provided valuable insights into local strategies and action plans for effective bio-waste management and utilisation.

At the end of each day, participants were introduced to the good practice implementation guidelines for circular bioeconomy development at the municipal and company level developed during the BalticBiomass4Value project. Dr. Aleksejs Nipers, Lead researcher, and Dr. Arnis Lenerts, docent and researcher at Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies presented the good practice implementation guidelines. Additionally, Ms. Virginija Kargyte, Project Manager of BalticBiomass4Value, showed the results of the project.

In total 71 participants from eight countries took part in the event, representing municipal enterprises, national, regional and local authorities, universities, and research institutes.

The event was the final large-scale activity organised within the BalticBiomass4Value project, which will end in December 2021.

Recordings:

Day 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPv4R8G-WdI

Day 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjMt_NedrL4


Presenting the BalticBiomass4Value Interactive Online Portal

The BalticBiomass4Value is proud to announce the release of a new Interactive Online Portal (e-tool).

In essence, the Interactive Online Portal is a database providing collected and processed bioeconomy data relevant for public authorities and business enterprises in the Baltic Sea Region. Information that was collected during the project (good practice examples, statistical indicators and special calculators) is made available in an accessible way.

The aim of the portal is to improve knowledge and technology transfer services in eight countries (Germany, Poland, Sweden, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Russia and Norway) and disseminate the project outputs.

Features of the Interactive Online Portal:

  • Catalogue of good practice bioeconomy business models
  • Database of statistical indicators, including several calculators for biological waste potential and bioenergy demand modelling
  • Business planning tool
  • Catalogue of measures to promote the circular bioeconomy at the local and regional level

The Interactive Online Portal can be found on the BalticBiomass4Value website ( https://balticbiomass4value.eu/e-tools/ ) and is available in English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Polish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian and Russian.

We have prepared a presentation explaining all the relevant features of the Interactive Online Portal. You can access the presentation here :BB4V Interactive Online Portal Presentation


Internal Trainings for Knowledge and Technology Transfer Service Providers

On 20 October 2021, as a side session of the Transnational Hybrid Conference, Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. (FNR) held an internal training aimed at knowledge and technology transfer service providers. During the training the demo version of the BalticBiomass4Value interactive online portal was presented. Participants had the opportunity to gain insights into the interactive online portal and discuss the relevance of e-tools for knowledge and technology transfer. All the different functions of the interactive online portal were outlined and participants shared their experiences, as well as providing feedback on how the e-tool could be improved.

Additional to the combined training hosted by FNR, the project partners will present the interactive online portal at their institutions. Thereby,  the competences of existing knowledge and technology transfer service providers will be improved and circular bioeconomy innovations in the Baltic Sea Region will be promoted.

The event took place via Webex.

You can find the presentation here: Presentation

 


Transnational Hybrid Conference_One Week to Go!

Last chance to register for the BalticBiomass4Value Transnational Hybrid Conference hosted by the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn.
You can register here:
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5# Newsletter BalticBiomass4Value

Dear Readers,

FNR, as Communication Manager of BalticBiomass4Value, is proud to announce the publication of the 5th BalticBiomass4Value project newsletter.

This newsletter presents the project’s activities and achievements, as well as bioeconomy-related events. Additionally, the final three of the 17 project partners are introduced in this issue.

To download the newsletter click here: BalticBiomass4Value Newsletter #5

You can subscribe to the newsletter here: Subscribe

We hope you enjoy reading it!

For questions regarding the newsletter contact: Lena Huck (l.huck@fnr.de)


Transnational Hybrid Conference on 20-21 October 2021

The University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, in the name of the BalticBiomass4Value project, warmly invites you to participated in our Transnational Hybrid Conference held on 20-21 October 2021.

During the two-day transnational event the outputs of the BalticBiomass4Value project will be presented.

The conference is divided into three sessions:

  • Session 1: Identifying and assessing market opportunities, biomass potential, technologies and business models for circular bioeconomy development
  • Session 2: Preparing guidelines for circular bioeconomy development support at local level and promoting them among public authorities
  • Session 3: Improving circular bioeconomy innovation support services and initiating pilot business projects

Key information

Host: University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn

Physical location: ul. Słoneczna 54, 10-710 Olsztyn, Poland

Virtual location: Zoom

You can find the agenda here: Agenda Transnational Hybrid Conference 20-21.10.2021,

!! Note: Time is in CET!!

Participation is free of charge, however registration is required.  Link

For any questions, please contact Anna Sadowska; Email: anna.sadowska@uwm.edu.pl 

 


Experience Exchange and Networking Event: Perspectives and Challenges of Local Authorities and Municipal Waste Management Enterprises for Bio-Waste Management on 9-10 November 2021

A two-day experience exchange and networking event of the BalticBiomass4Value project is hosted by 3N Lower Saxony Network for Renewable Resources and Bioeconomy (Germany), Vidzeme Planning Region (Latvia) and Halmstad University (Sweden). The event is aimed at local authorities and municipal enterprises who have an interest in bio-based waste management.

Event Overview

Day 1:

The first day is aimed at municipal and state-owned companies relevant for the value chain selected (bio-waste management and utilisation), RTD and innovation institutions, business development and/or technology transfer services.

Day 2:

The second day is aimed at regional policy and decision makers: local authorities and administrations, regional development agencies, regional governments and ministries, other regional decision makers.

Agenda: BB4V_Agenda_EN_Nov_2021

PLEASE NOTE, TIME IS IN EET

You can register here

For any questions, please contact: Lena Huck (l.huck@fnr.de) or Irīna Kulitāne (irina.kulitane@konso.lv)

 


Polish Training for Public Authorities: Cross-border promotion of guidelines for the implementation of good practices in the development of a circular bioeconomy at the local level among public authorities

The University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn (Poland) held their training for public authorities on 16 June 2021. The online event “Cross-border promotion of guidelines for the implementation of good practices in the development of a circular bioeconomy at the local level among public authorities” was aimed at business enterprises (biomass producers and processing companies, incl. bioenergy companies, as well as other value chain players, such as providers of specialised equipment, logistics, financing or consulting services) and state / municipality owned enterprises (waste management or other utility companies). 44 participates actively took part, exchanging ideas and learning more about the bioeconomy and the BalticBiomass4Value project.

During the first part of the workshop the general assumptions of the BalticBiomass4Value project were presented. Then, general assumptions about territorial cooperation in the areas of the Baltic Sea region and Central Europe for 2021-2027 were presented. In addition, national and EU legal aspects in the field of bioeconomy were presented. A discussion was then conducted on the legal aspects in the field of bioeconomy and future possibilities of cooperation in this area.In the second part of the workshop business models related to bioenergy in the Baltic Sea Region were presented. In addition, analysis of the use of local biomass sources for heating public buildings as well as analysis and modelling of the spread of pollutants from heating installations were presented. Then, a discussion panel was held, which indicated the possibilities of using the bioeconomy in the local public sector.

During the event, business consultations also took place, where opportunities for business development were discussed.

The following conclusions can be drawn from the discussions:

  • The legal regulations in Poland in the field of bioeconomy are incomplete and inconsistent
  • Some of the presented business models already exist in Poland
  • The analysis of the use of local biomass sources for heating public buildings as well as analysis and modelling of the spread of pollutants from heating installations could be an inspiration to undertake such activities, especially in local communities
  • There is a necessity to organise study trips and meetings for local authorities, which should create new directions of development in specific companies presenting good practices in the field of renewable energy sources and bioeconomy
  • There is a need to raise awareness of the importance of bioenergy  amongst the local community
Screenshot of Matchmaking Meeting