Parallel Events

Expert Workshop on Environmental Sustainability of Crops for Bio-based Industries in Europe

Wednesday 26 June 2024 | 12:00-15:45 | Room: Samena


Opening and scope of the workshop 
Maurizio Cocchi – ETA Florence
Silvia Maltagliati – EC DG RTD

Expert’s view and data on main crops used in industrial biorefineries in the EU producing bio-based chemicals, materials and products

Questions and discussion


Expert’s views on main relevant environmental impacts related to the cultivation of the selected primary crops?

Questions and discussion

Expert’s views on best available practices and technologies to grow industrial crops, minimizing the impacts and maximizing the benefits for the environment

Questions and discussion

Wrap up and main conclusions from the panel


This expert workshop is organized by ETA Florence with the support of Horizon Europe projects MIDAS and MarginUp and it will be co-chaired by ETA Florence and by the European Commission, Unit ‘Green transitions’ of the Directorate General Research & Innovation, Directorate Healthy Planet.

A panel of experts from bio-based industries and research centres will be invited to discuss the best practices providing environmentally sustainable biomass from agricultural crops, for bio-based chemicals, materials and products. The production of food/feed or biofuels/bioenergy is out of the scope of the event.

The main objectives of the workshop are:

  • To contribute to understanding the environmental impacts related to the supply of EU primary agricultural crops for industrial bio-based applications;
  • To collect best practices of biomass provision ensuring the environmental sustainability of industrial bio-based systems.

The workshop will be open to all EUBCE participants and will include questions and discussions with the audience. All the workshop participants are encouraged to join the discussion. Rapporteurs will collect the main highlights, that will be presented at the end of the event. A detailed report based on the results from the discussion will be also prepared for future policy recommendations.

Moderators: Maurizio Cocchi – ETA Florence Renewable Energies, Silvia Maltagliati EC DG RTD

Panelists: Efi Alexopoulou (CRES Greece), Ana Luisa Fernando (Universidade Nova de Lisboa), Iris Lewandowski (University of Hohenheim), Berien Elbersen (Wageningen University and Research), Sylvain Marsac (Arvalis), Philip Grundmann (ATB Potsdam), Jerónimo Gonzales (Cicytex).


Open access to Conference pass holders. REGISTRATION IS MANDATORY.

Please note that this Programme may be subject to alteration and the Organisers reserve the right to do so without giving prior notice.