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24 June 2016

Memorandum of Understanding between the Bio-based Industries Consortium and Vanguard Initiative – Bioeconomy Pilot

The Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) and the Vanguard Initiative – Bioeconomy Pilot have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a triple aim: develop joint awareness raising activities, look for synergies and co-funding opportunities, and connect actors across regions and sectors along new value chains.

The document highlights that “communication and awareness raising activities are important to create a common level of understanding on the pertinence of the bioeconomy and bio-based industries for regional, national and European sustainable growth and job strategies.” By signing the memorandum, both parties agree on working together as equal partners in order to create a more favourable investment environment for bio-based industries in Europe. By connecting different actors across Europe, they want to promote the access to a larger community of end-users, share good practices and jointly address non-technological issues.

BIC is the private partner of the European Public-Private Partnership on Bio-based Industries pursuing to trigger investments and create a competitive market for bio-based products sourced locally and “Made in Europe”. The Vanguard Initiative is a European network of industrial regions that seek to speed up the market uptake of new technologies. Its Bioeconomy Pilot is one of the five thematic pilots initiated to explore opportunities for developing interregional joint-demonstration. This one focuses on bio-based value chains.

To read the Memorandum of Understanding, click here

17 June 2016

Procura+ Awards invites applications from public procurers

The Procura+ Awards recognise successful sustainable and innovative public procurements that lead to the improvement of public goods, services, processes, and infrastructure. Public procurers are invited to apply for the awards until 9 September 2016. To be recognised, the procured solutions must have a strong potential for replication and should be an excellent showcase for using sustainable and innovative procurement instruments.

The awards are separated into three categories: 'Sustainable Procurement of the Year' recognises the outstanding environmental, social and economic impacts of the procurement; 'Innovation Procurement of the Year' acknowledges an impressive procurement of innovation and the public authority as a launch customer; and 'Tender Procedure of the Year' rewards procurers that took an exceptional approach to sustainable and innovation procurement.

Winners will receive free entry and a presentation at the next EcoProcura conference, a case study on the SP Platform and PPI Platform, publicity in a variety of ICLEI publications, a trophy and the title 'Best sustainable procurement/innovation procurement/tender procedure of 2016', one year free participation in the Procura+ Network, and the right to use the Procura+ Award logo in their email signature.

For more information and to apply, visit

10 June 2016

Workshop on opportunities for Brussels-based organisations on bio-based productions and circular economy

Public organisations, research centres, universities, SMEs and industries based in Brussels, Belgium, are invited to take part in a workshop focused on opportunities for Brussels-based organisations in the bio-based industry with a specific overview of the regional activities linked to the bio-based productions and circular economy. The event will take place next 22 June (1.30 to 4.30 pm) and is organised by NCP Brussels and in collaboration with Enterprise Europe Brussels and the Joint Undertaking on Bio-based Industries.

Participants in the event will be introduced to Joint Undertaking on Bio-based Industries and which opportunities they offer and how projects on the bio-based topic need to be submitted. Assistants will also learn more about the bio-based industry in the Brussels Capital Region. Topics such as new green job, biorefinery technologies and sustainable biomass feedstock supply will be tackled.

Although it is a free event, registration is required and is open until Monday, June 13.

For more information, visit here.

3 June 2016

Training and market dialogue at the German conference on “Bio-based Materials in Procurement”

The German conference “Nachwachsende Rohstoffe im Einkauf” (bio-based materials in procurement) will be held in Berlin from 2-3 November 2016. InnProBio will be using the event as an opportunity to run a workshop (as a side-event) to train public procurers and relevant decision makers on bio-based products. The workshop will focus on sharing knowledge, good practice and tools developed through InnProBio to facilitate the public procurement of bio-based products and services (BBPS). This training workshop will be a stepping stone for public procurers to create an expert group on the procurement of innovative BBPS that could launch their own procurement of BBPS.

Along with the conference, a bio-based product show will also take place during both days. InnProBio will facilitate a market dialogue at the product show to improve the market knowledge of public purchasers and the understanding of the needs of suppliers.

The events will be held in German.

More information about the conference is available here.

If you are interested in the training workshop, please contact