Global challenges such as climate change and depletion of fossil fuel sources, require transformative changes, which reconcile economic growth with environmentally responsible action and quality of life. This calls for an innovative bioeconomy, which is strongly oriented towards circularity and sustainability. Within Europe initiatives, structures and infrastructures have been established at all levels that support the development of innovations, their testing and demonstration, training of staff, and investments into infrastructures.
However, the full deployment of bioeconomy innovations is nevertheless hampered due to the fragmentation of and sectoral silos in the innovation ecosystem, insufficient policy coordination and coherence between different governance levels, and lack of collaboration along new value chains or across sectors. This leads to inefficient technology and knowledge transfer; financial constraints and consequently lost opportunities (e.g. use of food waste for material products, technological spill overs and integrated biorefineries).
ShapingBio shall strengthen and deploy innovation in bio-based sectors across Europe by:
(1) Providing a better understanding and information basis of the bioeconomy innovation ecosys- tem via a web-based searchable database, an interactive dash- board, in total 46 events, 27 country fact sheets, a mapping report covering all EU macro-regions and 4 reports on the topics financing, collaboration, policy coordination, knowledge & technology transfer.
(2) Reducing the fragmentation of the bioeconomy innovation ecosystem by fostering interactions at 22 events with about 600 participants with focus on matchmaking, networking and mutual learning.
(3) Contributing to better governance in the bioeconomy innovation ecosystem by offering toolboxes for better policy coordination & collaboration and recommendations for each policy level (EU, national, regional, local), the industry, investors, research and innovation communities. 5-6 events shall encourage and empower stakeholders to integrate the recommendations into their activities.
(4) Improved exploitation of the bioeconomy’s potential. Based on the ShapingBio empowerment activities, 370 members of the support and technology transfer entities will raise their profile; support compliance with sustainability and circularity indicators and monitor results achieved at local level.
As shown in the following table; SUBMARINER will drive developments within the Baltic Sea Region as well as representing the blue bioeconomy within the overall ShapingBio consortium.