Mario Bonaccorso

Mario Bonaccorso is a journalist and creator of the Bioeconomista blog.

 

Stora Enso and Helsinki Olympic Stadium go green by promoting renewable materials

Stora Enso and Helsinki Olympic Stadium signed a partnership agreement to develop low-carbon, eco-friendly operations at the stadium by promoting the use of renewable materials and...

Palm Oil Bioeconomy

Malaysia has an abundance of natural resources – especially, and controversially, of palm oil – and a public sector that favours innovation and attracts investments. These are the ...

The US Bioeconomy

Renewable and cheap raw materials galore, world-leading agricultural and forestry sectors, strong support for innovation, large companies with rich portfolios, specialised start-up...

Thailand: A Very Biotech Bioeconomy

Abundant natural resources, highly skilled workforce, important petrochemical industry and a government that sustains the decarbonisation process with conviction and a plan to incr...

A Full Boost Bioeconomy

Australia is the world’s sixth-largest country by surface area. Rich in natural resources, and driven by a strong and dynamic economy, the country, led by Prime Minister Scott John...

Sustainable and Circular: This is How Brussels Envisions the Bioeconomy

Phil Hogan   Carlos Moedas   “A turning point, a milestone.” This is how Carlos Moedas and Phil Hogan – respectively European Commis...

A Way Out of the Crisis

Greece’s rescue package amounts to €290 billion over the last eight years. However, for Athens it mainly boils down to blood and tears. According to the Organisation for Economic C...

The Land Where Oceans and Forests are at the Heart of the Bioeconomy

The Atlantic Ocean has played an extremely important role in the history of Portugal. As a glorious nation of seafarers, to this day the Portuguese look at the ocean as a central c...

Ireland is Ever Greener Thanks to the Bioeconomy

Green is the Irish colour. Historical, cultural, geographical and even religious reasons underpin this inseparable pairing. Today, green is also the banner of Ireland’s environment...

Despite Brussels, the Market for Bioplastics Keeps Growing

We can already find it in shopping bags, in many vehicle components, in toys and in food packaging. It’s bioplastic. Plastic that is not derived from oil but, in different percenta...

A Bioethanol-Fuelled Bioeconomy

Abundance of non-food biomass, soil and vast availability of natural resources, a biodiversity almost unmatched anywhere else in the world and a biotechnological and chemical indus...

The Bioeconomy is the New Force de Frappe

France has finally taken its place at the table alongside other European countries with a national bioeconomy strategy. Announced in June 2015 and presented on 18 January of this y...

Industrial Renaissance

Some of the world’s leading companies with unique production plants worldwide, some still excellent research despite many obstacles (investments in R&D is merely over 1.3% of GDP),...

Sustainable Ambition

A need and an opportunity – this is what the bioeconomy is for the government of Spain, that, in March 2016, was the first of the big Mediterranean countries to present its own nat...

A Treasure at the Bottom of the Sea

Outstanding network-creating research, no large industrial groups, great raw material availability, a highly-developed ocean sector and a government that has placed economy decarbo...

Will Berlin Be the Global Capital of the Bioeconomy?

Wachstum und Stabilität. Germany has based its economy on this formula since the Weimar Republic period. Growth and stability for a country that for years has been recognized as th...

Bioeconomy Drives Resource Efficiency and Green Growth

Focus Germany     Germany holds an internationally leading position in the establishment of a bioeconomy. At the end of 2010 – as one of the first nations – your country publi...

The New Chemistry Is Worth $80 Trillion

Let us begin with your book, regarded as the Bible by those in the know. Will you help us understand where the world’s chemical industry is heading for? Over the last ten years, t...

The Bioeconomy Gets to the Fridge: Packaging is 100% Biobased

Beer in wooden bottles, milk in cartons produced with residues of sugar cane, drinks in PET cans made from organic resources. The future of packaging – and in some cases the presen...

The War for Biomass

Nevertheless, are agricultural waste and refuse able to feed the whole bioeconomy? The global situation we are faced with at the moment is very complicated: on the one hand, the de...

In Italy the Bioeconomy Is Worth 241 Billion Euro

  We now know that in Italy the bioeconomy is worth €241 billion and employs approximately 1.6 million people. Such figures are provided by Intesa Sanpaolo Think Tank based on a t...

Bioeconomy: An Investment of 1 Euro Today Will Reap 10 Euro in 2025

An investment of one euro in 2010 will generate a return of 10 euro in 2025. An investment of 35,000 euro into research and development over the same time frame will create one ful...

The Future of Lego Bricks is Bio-Based

Lego bricks of the future will be bio-based. The world’s largest toy manufacturer has decided to invest in research and development to find new, sustainable materials for the produ...

Pushing the Limits of Technology, Recognizing the Limits of Natural Resources

  “Being able to live well within natural limits is the great challenge of our century and it requires a change in development model. We must adopt a habit of production and con...

700 for the Bioeconomy

  Promoted and organized by EuropaBio, representative association of European biotech and biobased industry, EFIB (European Forum on Industrial Biotech), has reached its eighth ...

The Bioeconomy: The Netherlands in Pole Position

Top universities and research centres, innovative start-ups and large companies, clusters, pilot plants, a cutting-edge logistic system and agriculture and chemistry as the economy...

It Is Time to Pass from Words to Action

From words to action. In a nutshell, this is the challenge launched by the EU at the 4th Bioeconony Stakeholders’ Conference held in Utrecht (The Netherlands) on 12th and 13th Apri...

An Uphill Struggle

Covers illustrating this dossier are successful prototypes of an unprecedented and unique communication model the world over. Great trendsetter and conveyor of taste ...

Biomass is the Engine of the Canadian Bioeconomy

Jeff Passmore   If biomass is the essential element for the development of the bioeconomy, Justin Trudeau-led country can rightly claim a leadership role in...

The Future Starts from Wood

“By 2030, we will need 50% more food, 45% more energy and 30% more water. The solution is the bioeconomy.” Reading the opening lines of the portal devoted to the bioeconomy (yes, a...

From Maple Trees to Biorefineries

Supported by:   Great availability of renewable raw materials, institutional infrastructure and support: These are the ingredients that make Canada one of the major players i...

Success Driven by Innovation

Perhaps the mere name of Novozymes is enough to adequately describe the Danish bioeconomy. The Bagsværd-based giant, 12 kilometres north-east of Copenhagen, holds 48% of the world ...

The Liquid Continent

A liquid continent. This is how Fernand Braudel, a famous French historian of the Annales School, defined the Mediterranean. A continent made of water surrounded by three different...

Southern Italy Restarts from Green Chemistry

Non-repayable funds that often enriched Southern politicians’ entourage and led to white elephant projects, plants with no connection with their areas and in many cases with no con...

The European Path to Bioeconomy Runs through Clusters

Long gone are the days when the big enterprises of the early capitalism used to rule from within the innovation processes, from basic research to the marketing of new products. Now...

Europe Desperately Seeking Biomass

The availability of biomass is the bioeconomy’s lifeblood. Being able to predict flows becomes strategic for government and the industrial sector. Lately there has been a prolifera...

The Renewable Future is Already Here

A Country aspiring to have a circulating car fleet no longer powered by fossil fuels by 2030. A national chemical industry that – by the same year – aims at becoming totally oil fr...

How to Turn an Old Sofa into Biofuel

Old furniture, sofas, nappies and bar receipts are solid urban waste. Globally, according to a World Bank report carried out in 2012, we produce 1.3 billion tonnes of it every year...

From Coal to Biomass

The strong presence of the chemical industry (the sixth European country by turnover, according to CEFIC, the European Chemical Industry Council, and first in the world on a per ca...

A Winning Agreement

BBI JU is a public-private partnership between the EU and the Bio-Based Industries Consortium. It has funded as much as 65 projects in the past 3 years, playing therefore a fundame...