The cross-cluster project WeReLaNa* has started its online seminar series (WeReLaNar). The project aims to identify new value-added networks for raw and residual materials from agriculture and the food industry for interested parties and cluster stakeholders and thus to further strengthen the bioeconomy in Bavaria.
At the end of April, the first WeReLaNar took place on the topic of "Bioeconomy on a regional level". Around 50 people, including cluster members and interested representatives from research, industry and politics, took part in the 2-hour interactive online seminar.
The first part of the online seminar featured keynote presentations by bioeconomy expert Dr. Martin Reich (BIOCOM AG) and recycling company Otto A. Müller Recycling GmbH. The scientist Dr. Martin Reich gave an overview of the status quo of the bioeconomy and additionally presented the different global bioeconomy strategies and how they differ from each other. One conclusion of his presentation was that there are still multi-layered challenges on the way to a successful bioeconomy: regulatory, logistical, managerial and procedural.
Afterwards, Jan Neuber and Jens Ottmüller from Otto A. Müller Recycling GmbH gave insights into their daily work as raw and residual material detectives. If it were not for the pandemic, they would currently be "out on the streets" identifying new material flows from side streams. Some practical examples from upcycling processes were also presented, including how floor coverings are made from coffee residues, or how almond shells are turned into glue. Obstacles on the way to a circular economy are the slow adjustments of regulations and laws in the EU. He also said the know-how for upcycling is often lacking. "Without closed side streams, a circular economy is unthinkable in any case," concludes Jan Neuber.
Based on the keynote presentations, the challenges of the bioeconomy at the regional level were further discussed in an exciting discussion, but most importantly, so were its opportunities. In addition, some questions were answered by interested participants: Is politics, research or business most likely to be the driver for a sustainable value network? And what are the biggest competing uses in the area of residue recycling?
The full recording of the event can be found at the following link: https://www.gotostage.com/channel/cross-cluster-projekt-werelana
The next WeReLaNar's are scheduled as follows:
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Registration at: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3280434037205493263
Participation is free of charge, the presentations of the online seminar series will be recorded.