Our partner CATAR presented a poster about SEA2LAND at the International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries that was held between the 1st and 3rd of June 2022 in Bruges, Belgium. The poster is available here and it provides general information on the project and some information on the Atlantic case pilot, where CATAR is working on.

Society in general and its consumers, as well as the industrial and agricultural production sectors, are now increasingly convinced that a switch from a fossil based economy towards one that is based on renewable resources has become imminent. This switch is essential to counteract the negative effects of climate change, airpollution, waste accumulation, dwindling fossil resources, and unreliable energy and power supply. In this context, sustainable development is crucial for the wellbeing of the next generations. Striving towards establishing a circular or reuse economy, increasingly based on using renewable resources, is a challenge for society, with science and technology being important to provide solutions. Interdisciplinary teams of scientists, engineers, biotechnologists and policymakers have to collaborate more intensively to adequately deal with these challenges.

The RRB-conferences offer such an opportunity. Delegates from university, industry, governmental and non-governmental organizations presented their research and views on sustainable (green) chemistry, industrial biotechnology and on agricultural policy related to the use of renewable raw materials for non-food applications and energy supply. This had been presented in plenary and oral presentation sessions and poster tours. New research concepts but also new policies related to the circular bio-economy and the sustainable production of biochemicals and bio-materials were discussed and exchanged with several industrial companies and vice versa.

The conference program was organized in 3 parallel sessions and included 3 keynote lectures, 14 invited lectures and 74 high quality oral presentations by international experts and PhD students, covering both scientific, technical and policy aspects of the bio-based economy. This year there was a 4th parallel session on Wednesday afternoon, organized by BioRen.

From 1 to 3 June 2022, Bruges hosted the 18th edition of the International Conference on Renewable Resources and Biorefineries (RRB 2022).