Christophe Luguel, Director Europe at IAR – the French Bioeconomy cluster, participate in the Online Congress BIO-raffiniert XI organised by Fraunhofer UMSICHT. He presented the key role of start-ups in the new generation of biorefineries in Europe by highlighting the biorefinery concept’s evolution since 2007. He stressed that European start-ups were not expected to lead complex and risky projects such as flagships at that time. Yet, the example of AFTER-BIOCHEM and its coordinator AFYREN-NEOXY proved they could succeed and significantly contribute to the biorefinery concept in 2020.
Bioeconomy start-ups are driven with strong environmental and economic values relaying on:
- The creation of new and local value-chains
- The reduction in the dependence on non-renewable resources
- Stimulate the regional economy
- An ambitious & sustainable plan to replicate the biorefinery concepts