BRUSSELS, 8 December 2023 – Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking (CBE JU), a €2 billion public-private partnership advancing the European bio-based sector, recently hosted its first stakeholder forum focused on pushing the boundaries of innovation, fostering sustainability and creating new business models to help shift Europe from fossil-based to bio-based production and consumption. The event on 6-7 December in The Egg venue (Brussels) brought together industry leaders, experts, researchers, policy makers and enthusiasts from Europe and beyond. 

CBESF23, short for CBE JU Stakeholder Forum 2023, lived up to its promise of providing a platform for thought-provoking discussions, showcasing cutting-edge technologies, and inspiring actionable solutions for a greener future. The event highlighted the latest advancements in the bio-based sector, sustainable practices, and their impact on the European and global landscape


  1. How to stimulate demand for circular bio-based solutions?
  2. How to facilitate access to finance to scale up circular bio-based production in Europe?
  3. What R&I is needed to keep the European leadership in bio-based sector in the medium-long term?



‘It was my pleasure to open the CBE JU Stakeholder Forum remarking why the bioeconomy should be a pillar of the Green Deal to rethink the production, use and end-of-life of bio-products, wasting nothing and promoting participatory innovation,’ said Catia Bastioli, CEO of Novamont, representing CBE JU’s private partner the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC).

‘Europe needs to move from the linear to the circular model of economy, and the part of the European Green Deal is making much better use of the resources,’ echoed Marc Lemaître, the European Commission’s Director-General for Research and Innovation representing CBE JU’s public partner.

‘At CBE JU, we believe the bioeconomy has to be at the heart of the green transition, seeing the concrete results achieved by our community. Europe must lead this revolution making the best of its talents, achieving a high level of sustainability, social fairness and inclusion, and industrial competitiveness,’ said Nicoló Giacomuzzi-Moore, CBE JU Acting Executive Director.


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