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France and The Netherlands Join Forces to Develop the Bioeconomy at ECO-BIO conference, 7 March 2016 in Rotterdam

The leading French and Dutch public-private biobased innovation clusters have joined forces to develop a sustainable bioeconomy. This collaboration will help both countries to benefit optimally from available resources and facilities, to help reach the agreed reduction of Green House Gasses at COP21 as well as economic growth. The Memorandum of Understanding between Toulouse White Biotechnology (TWB) and BE-Basic Foundation is signed by their presidents on Monday 7 March 2016 during the first...

Long term policies needed to promote biomass usage

Unorthodox steps and long term policy making are needed to fully use the potential of biomass for energy and materials purposes, according Stientje van Veldhoven, MEP for D66.

Launch of the Macroeconomic Outlook at ECO-BIO conference, 7 March 2016 in Rotterdam

Biorenewables have a key role in reaching emission reduction targets. This is one of the conclusions of the macroeconomic outlook of sustainable energy and biorenewables launched today. Stientje van Veldhoven (Tweede Kamer) was offered a first copy. She underlines the importance of the study: "We can solve today’s challenges regarding climate change and resource scarcity and create jobs and economic growth while doing it. Now is the time for the government to really give the biobased...

Biobased experts call current fossil lock irresponsible

Press release by Patricia Osseweijer, Lorentz CenterClimate change and sustainable  development goals will fail without a vibrant Bioeconomy. This is the main conclusion of a group of biobased experts who joined forces in a workshop at the Lorentz Center in Leiden to discuss the future of the biobased economy. The group will deliver an action plan and urge world leaders to untap the full potential of biobased alternatives to fight climate change and help social development. Patricia...

From left to right: Hans Schutte (Director General of the Netherlands Ministry of Education, Culture and Science), Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz (FAPESP), Luuk van der Wielen (BE-Basic), Ruben Sharpe (NWO).

The Netherlands and Brazil agree on an intensive public-private program on sustainable biorefineries

São Paulo, 25 November 2015 – Director General Hans Schutte of the Netherlands Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Scientific Director Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz of FAPESP and president Luuk van der Wielen of BE-Basic Foundation confirmed their intended support to continue their successful collaboration and enable a challenging program of academia and industry to jointly develop sustainable biorefineries for aviation fuels and chemical building blocks, and to develop the required...

Front row left to right: João Miguel Santos, Director International Sales - Africa Boeing Commercial

SkyNRG, Boeing and South African Airways sign MoU in the presence of Dutch Prime Minister Rutte about sustainable jet fuel in South Africa

Press release from SkyNRGJohannesburg, November 17th, 2015 – SkyNRG, Boeing and SAA today reaffirmed their commitment to collaborate on the development of a supply chain for sustainable jet fuel in South Africa, with an initial focus on energy tobacco as a feedstock. The MoU was signed during the Dutch Trade Mission to South Africa this week, led by the Dutch Prime Minister, Mr. Mark Rutte. 

Click here for the full article on the website of SkyNRG.

The Corbey Committee presents vision document on sustainable bioeconomy 2030

The vision document ‘Naar een duurzame bio-economie’ (‘Towards a sustainable bioeconomy’) was presented on 20 October 2015 by the Corbey Committee to Wilma Mansveld (Undersecretary for Infrastructure and Environment until 28 October 2015) and Henk Kamp (Minister of Economic Affairs). The document points out the advantages of the bioeconomy with biomass as a resource, such as less CO2 emissions, less dependency on fossil fuels and more employment opportunities. It explains that the biobased...

BE-Basic, TU Delft Biotechnology and the BPF share a booth at EFIB 2015

BE-Basic Foundation, TU Delft Biotechnology and the Bioprocess Pilot Facility shared a booth at EFIB 2015, which took place 27-29 October 2015 in Brussels. Among the speakers were Waldemar Kutt (Head of Unit "Biobased Products and Processing", DG Research and Innovation European Commission) and Tjerk de Ruijter (CEO Corbion).

Luuk van der Wielen (Director of the Board, BE-Basic Foundation) chaired the Innovation Track New Processes showcase, in which promising...

Dr. Heitor Cantarella wins Brazilian Green Revolution Prize

On 13 October 2015, a special session was organised at the Brazilian Senate in Brasilia to commemorate 70 years of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. During this event, 10 Brazilian scientists were awarded the Heroes of the Brazilian Green Revolution prize. Among the recipients of the prizes was Dr. Heitor Cantarella, from the Agronomic Institute of Campinas (BE-Basic partner in project F08.002.03 in collaboration with Eiko...

BE-Basic Brazil mentioned as best practice in AWTI report


Report advises to strengthen Dutch-Brazilian R&D collaborations

Today, the Advisory council for science, technology and innovation (AWTI) released the report 'Collaborate to Innovate - Knowledge and Innovation Cooperation between Brazil and the Netherlands'. It states that the Netherlands can benefit from stronger collaborations with Brazil in the fields of innovation and science (i.e. biobased economy), and the need for specific directions with a view for long term planning....

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