Green.Circular.Sustainable // How Europe is progressing with bio-based innovation //

Sustainability Dialogue: Green. Circular. Sustainable.

Pre-conference Webinar:

Thursday, 25 June | 14:00–15:00 CET

Achieving EU Green Deal objectives and accelerating progress towards meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals will require a range of solutions, including those coming from innovative technologies, and a holistic and cross-sectoral approach to foster bio-based solutions is needed. This strategy is of even greater importance in the green recovery context.

Developing green, circular and sustainable solutions will be key in this process and to contribute to the development of the European bioeconomy.


  • Andrea Noske – Head of Division, Division 725 – Sustainable Economy; Bio-Economy, German Federal Ministry of of Education and Research
  • Cordula Mock-Knoblauch – Director Renewables & Sustainability, Global New Business Development Operating Division Intermediates, BASF SE
  • Irene C. Latorre Martinez – Senior Project Manager, Business Unit Coatings, Adhesives and Specialties, Covestro
  • Enzo Favoino – Scientific Coordinator, Zero Waste Europe

The webinar provided insights on key developments in the field and future prospects:

  • How do companies evaluate sustainability efforts in the midst of an economic crisis?
  • Which strategies do they have to make use of bio-based innovation to contribute to delivering the SDGs?
  • Which long-term solutions do they offer to establish a sustainable bioeconomy?
  • Which activities are planned in the bioeconomy field as part of the German EU Council Presidency in the second half of 2020?

Key points:

The first webinar in the EFIB Sustainability Dialogues, ‘Green.Circular.Sustainable – How Europe is progressing with bio-based innovation’, included presentations by representatives from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BASF, Covestro and Zero Waste Europe on key developments in the field and future prospects.

With Germany taking on the EU Council Presidency on 1 July, the overall Presidency priorities were presented by Andrea Noske (German Federal Ministry of Education and Research). These included, amongst other things, a common EU response to the COVID-19 pandemic and supporting a sustainable green recovery in line with the European Green Deal. Noske also referred to activities in the bioeconomy field. Cordula Mock-Knoblauch (BASF) gave insights on different pathways to enter biomass into the chemical industry value chain, and related benefits. The role of the circular economy and the importance of cooperation and collaboration in achieving it was further discussed by Irene C. Latorre Martinez (Covestro), who also referred to it as a driving force for Covestro who strives to align its long-term vision embedding circularity throughout the company with the UN SDGs. Finally, Enzo Favoino (Zero Waste Europe) presented the findings of a new report by the Bio-Based Industries Consortium and Zero Waste Europe on the largely untapped potential of biowaste in Europe, when it comes to issues such as capture and management. The full report will be published in July.