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TOBE 2014 – 3rd BioEconomy Stakeholders' Conference

BioEconomy Stakeholders' Conference

"From sectors to system, from concept to reality"

OECD event: Present and future policy for bio-based production

Organizer OECD
Expected End Users/Attendees Scientists, policymakers, industrial representatives OPEN TO ANY DELEGATE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING ITFor more information, please contact Dr James PHILP at

For participating in the event, please communicate your interest in it by writing to by September 12, 2014.

Venue, date and time Thursday October 9th, 2014 - 14:15-18:00
Concept and Objectives We wish to explore two topics:1. The Level Playing Field: Redressing the balance of public policies between bioenergy, biofuels and bio-based materials2.  Replacing the oil barrel: An early look at the prospects for bio-based production to gradually replace fossil-based production



OECD workshop on Present and future policy for bio-based production

9 october 2014 – Turin, italy

8-9 OCTOBER 2014)


The OECD is running a satellite workshop at the Third Bioeconomy Stakeholders Conference on 8-9 October 2014 in Turin. The workshop is from 14:15 to 18:00 on 9 October.  It is intended to that there will 2 short sessions at the workshop:

  1. “Replacing the Oil Barrel”, an early look at the prospects for bio-based production to gradually replace fossil-based production.
  2. Redressing the balance of public policies between bioenergy, biofuels and bio-based materials (“The Level Playing Field”)

Draft Agenda

14:15-14:30 Brief introduction to the workshop – Jim Philp, OECD Secretariat
14:30 – 15:45 Session 1: Replacing the oil barrel
14:30 – 14:55 Bio-based production – Italian success stories beyond ethanol Francesco Degli Innocenti, Manager, Ecology of Products and Environmental Communication, Novamont, Italy
14:55 – 15:20 Bio-based chemicals production in Brazil – beyond ethanol Jose-Vitor Bomtempo, Professor,Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
15:20 – 15:45 Bio-based chemicals at Bazancourt-Pomacle Pierre-Alain Schieb, Chair in Industrial Bioeconomy, NEOMA Business School, France
15:45 – 16:15 – COFFEE BREAK
16:15 –17:30 Session 2: The Level Playing Field

16:15 – 16:40 Strategies for a re-think of the policy framework for the bio-based economy Michael Carus, Managing Director, nova-Institüt, Germany

16:40 – 17:05 Recent changes in US policy that favour bio-based chemicals production in the US Harry Baumes, Director, Office of Energy Policy and New Uses, United States Department of Agriculture, United States

17:05 – 17:30 The Bio-based Industries Consortium PPP and a focus on higher added-value Dirk Carrez, Managing Director, Clever Consult, Belgium

17:30 – 18:00 Open Discussion


In the open discussion the two sessions will be discussed together. The sessions are naturally connected – the eventual replacement of the oil barrel will necessitate integrated biorefining, which means that public policy has to be supportive of bioenergy, biofuels and bio-based materials production to prevent the favour of one sub-sector compared to others. Participants will be asked to focus on the public policies to make this happen.


Details of presentations. Each speaker is asked to prepare a presentation for a duration of 20 minutes, which will be followed by 5 minutes of questions for clarification only. Other questions can be reserved for the Open Discussion session from 17:30 – 18:00.