International Workshop "On the way from Biorefineries to a Bioeconomy"
O LNEG foi um dos organizadores deste workshop que decorreu na Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto a 12 de setembro de 2014
A Bio-based world economy poses many challenges for its sustainability, demanding a comprehensive approach to address the various flows, needs and impacts, namely ecological, environmental, energy, food supply and natural resources. In 2012, Europe adopted a strategy - "Innovating for Sustainable Growth: A Bioeconomy for Europe". It is believed that, with the right framework, the Bioeconomy will contribute to reduce adverse impacts on the environment as well as the dependence on fossil resources, mitigate climate change and move forward a new era succeeding the "Oil" Society.
This workshop will focus on the challenges and outcomes related to the biorefinery concept, sharing experiences and debating on the suitability of the concept and opportunities in a market driven framework towards a bio-based economy society, in the near future. What will be the best way to go?
Bringing together experts from academia, research centres and industry, the workshop is organized jointly of the 12th International Chemical and Biological Engineering Conference (CHEMPOR 2014).
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The role of research has been crucial to attain new technological solutions and the new developments have put in place biomass as a flexible resource able to provide energy, fuels and materials. The concept of biorefinery emerges in this context in a parallel way to oil refineries. The fact is that a shift to biomass-based raw materials rather than fossil resources and the application of biological processing methods together with chemical or thermochemical ones will lead to substantial savings in terms of CO2 equivalent of resources leading to new markets for bio-based raw materials and new bio-products.
Consolidating a "Bioeconomy" platform of cooperation also poses challenges. Industry-based biorefineries have evolved significantly in recent years. The fact that food chain industry and integration with fuels and energy production have been proven in a few international projects show that competition might not exist in the future, and energy and food could be considered as two end products to integrate when considering process integration and industrial complexes. Biorefineries are important to consider in terms of industrial plants that actually could help providing employment in rural areas and give an added value to farming activities.