Miklos Gyalai-KorposClimate-KIC Central Hungary, PANNON Pro Innovation Services Ltd. - Regional Innovation Manager
Mr. Miklós Gyalai-Korpos, PhD graduated from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in 2007 with MSc in bioengineering. Between 2007 and 2010 he participated in the doctoral school program of the same university on the topic of second generation bioethanol – in 2012 he successfully defended his PhD dissertation. During the doctoral school he was involved in education too: giving lectures on bioenergy and supervising undergraduates. He is still continuing his education activity by delivering lectures on bioenergy at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.
2010-2013 he was employed by the Ministry of National Development of Hungary in a department responsible for energy policy and international energy relations, mostly involved in IEA and long term European energy policy developments. He took part in the drafting of the National Energy Strategy approved by the Hungarian Parliament in 2011.
These experiences helped him to gain a complex insight into the energy landscape with emphasis on sustainable energy options. In 2013 he contributed as external expert of the National Adaptation Center to the Hungarian Climate Change Strategy by investigating the different emission trajectories using the Carbon Calculator in close cooperation with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) of the UK that developed this tool.
In April, 2013 he joined the Climate-KIC Central Hungary team as innovation manager of the region and member of the bioeconomy platform. In this position he was co-author of the study titled “The future landscapes of bioeconomy: Hungary” and main organizer of the 3rd European Biorefining Training School that took place in Budapest, 7-10 July, 2014.
The role of Climate-KIC in developing bioeconomy in Central Europe
EIT Climate-KIC is the EU’s main climate innovation initiative. It is Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership focused on mitigating and adapting to climate change. Among other activities the KIC funds projects that either identify innovation opportunities or translate those into self-sustaining outcomes. One of the projects funded by the Climate-KIC identifies gaps that need to be overcome in the context of taking the bioeconomy to the next stage – Biohorizons.
Many studies point to the comparatively high biomass potential in the Central European region in forms of different forestry and agricultural residues. However, in order to exploit this resource considerable investments are needed to build biorefineries, reveal market demand for biobased products and guarantee the security and sustainability of the long term biomass supply requiring active involvement of farmers. These challenges are sizeable and call for a holistic approach, a transition period and harmonised policy support.
In his presentation, the speaker will introduce a circular economy approach that builds on industry involvement in order to obtain working business models. This circular economy approach could facilitate the bioeconomy transition by merging novel technologies into working value chains to valorise by-products.