New DataM dashboard on Bio-based industry and biorefineries

The database is now online and is accompanied by an interactive dashboard implemented in the EC Data portal of agro-economics Modelling (DataM) and in the EC Knowledge Centre for Bioeconomy.

Source: https://datam.jrc.ec.europa.eu/datam/mashup/BIOBASED_INDUSTRY/index.html

The online dashboard illustrates the extensive database of EU facilities producing different categories of bio-based products:

  • bio-based chemicals
  • liquid biofuels
  • bio-based composites and fibres
  • pulp and paper
  • biomethane
  • starch, sugar and derived products
  • timber (sawmills)

Available online: https://datam.jrc.ec.europa.eu/datam/mashup/BIOBASED_INDUSTRY/index.html

Bioeconomy in Norway workshop

On October 30, 2019 we organized the workshop “Bioeconomy in Norway” at NIBIO. The program started with my introduction on bioeconomy challenges for Norway and included speakers from OsloMET and NMBU.

The issues we discussed covered different areas, such as: textiles and fibers, energy production (wind and biomass), bio refineries and enzymes, ecosystems service valuation.

Graduate course on cooperative theory and economics

Want to learn the theoretical foundations on cooperation and cooperatives? I will be offering the graduate course “Economics of cooperatives” at the Estonian University of Life Sciences (EMU). The course follows an industrial organization (I/O) approach, covering advanced micro, vertical markets, market structures, cooperative theory, game theory. The course will take place November 4-7 at the EMU at Tartu, Estonia.

The course is supported by the European Regional Development Fund.

BalticBiomass4Value – project meeting and field demonstration on biomethane (Tartu, Estonia).

The last meeting for the Interreg BSR project BalticBiomass4Value took place on October 10-11 at the Estonian University of Life Sciences in Tartu, Estonia.

Members of the consortium presented approximately 30 business cases and we discussed on the framework and methodology for sustainable development and dissemination of business models and cases in the BSR.

Source: FNR/Nitzschke

There was field demonstration of two Estonian enterprises, as best business case examples. Biometaan Ltd. and Mangeni PM Ltd. in the Kõo, Viljandi County. The idea is to use dairy production residues as feed stock for biomethane production.

BalticBiomass4Value (BB4V) website

The website for our project BalticBiomass4Value (BB4V) is now online!

The project is funded by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region and will run over the next three years. BB4V is a big transnational partnership representing 8 countries and covering all the key markets across Europe. Norway is represented with NIBIO (Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research) and NMBU (Norwegian University of Life Sciences).

Our NIBIO team is the lead on WP 2 “Title Analysis of market outlook and future viability of different bioenergy products and value chains in the BSR energy system” where we collaborate with NMBU.

There is also a Norwegian description of the project, that is available on NIBIO’s website.

Presentation at SASE (New School / New York)

Presenting our last paper “Cooperatives As Naturally Embedded Organizations – Implications for Societal Challenges and Resilience” for the SASE 2019. Conference took place at The New School in downtown Manhattan. Albert and Vera List Academic Center (Bldg D) – D910.

The paper was in the session “Can Co-operatives Create Community and Economic Development? An international perspective” organized by Katherine Chen (The City College of New York and the Graduate Center, CUNY), Torsten Geelan (University of Leicester), Lara Monticelli (Copenhagen Business School), and Joyce Rothschild (VirginiaTech). Moderator was Trevor Young-Hyman (University of Pittsburgh).

Always feels good to be back at NYC.