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ACHEMA Worldwide News2/2015

Worldwide News LOOKING BEYOND THE HORIZON: EU BIOECONOMY 2015 What can be achieved in three years? Three years after birth, a child goes to kindergarten; depending on the planetary configuration, a spaceship could travel from earth to Jupiter; and a poplar in short rotation forestry can be harvested every three years. How has the European bioeconomy developed over the past three years? An important part of the bioeconomy: renewable resources ing fruit” has already been harvested — high-value specialties have made their way to market. For the high-volume commodities that face direct fossil competition, the road ahead is still bumpy. To make it a road to success, the following topics need to be addressed: Nomenclature as a basis for standardization, procurement and — not 1. least — communication. Currently, for some products such as biolubricants and bio-plastics there are already definitions, while in other areas there is no common agreement or standard what “bio” DR. KATHRIN RÜBBERDT* * K. Rübberdt is Head of Biotechnology, DECHEMA e.V. Picture: Fotolia - © minzpeter Is the European bioeconomy still in its infancy, has it already covered a long distance? Or is it even ripe for harvest? ACHEMA 2015 provided the chance to take a closer look and compare the status quo on the conclusions of “The Frankfurt ACHEMA-Manifesto on the PPPs within the bioeconomy” from 2012. The 2015 conference came to the clear conclusion that a lot of progress has been made: The PPPs for sustainable process industries (SPIRE) and the Biobased Industries have been realized and are working, the overall interest in bioeconomy and the public perception have increased. The full realization, however, will need patience — we are not talking about months or years but rather decades. The transformation to a bio-based economy is a complex undertaking. Success stories such as biolubricants, bioplastics and biosurfactants show that the transformation is possible. But they also prove that the way there is not easy and needs political and societal support. Thus, it could be said that the “low-hang- 16 A special edition from PROCESS


ACHEMA Worldwide News2/2015
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