Key Enabling Technologies for a Sustainable Future – Swedish-Finnish Seminar on Bioeconomy

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Bio-based products such as wood buildings, green chemicals, textiles and packaging are areas where Finland and Sweden hold a strong position. Investments are being made on a wide front, both in production capacity and in research and development.

Welcome to take part in exciting results from the projects and other initiatives within the Nordic circular bioeconomy and hear the company views to the future development.

The conference will be digital via Zoom and the spoken language will be English.


10.00   Welcome and introduction

Anna Wiberg, Program Manager, BioInnovation and Teija Laitinen, Head of Bioeconomy, CLIC Innovation

Circular bioeconomy, an important part of sustainable development in Finland and Sweden

Peter Åslund, Vinnova and Ilmari Absetz, Ecosystem lead, Business Finland

Canadian view of Nordic development

Orlando Rojas, Dr. and Canada Excellence Research Chair in Forest Bioproducts and Scientific Director of the UBC BioProducts Institute, Canada’s University of British Columbia (UBC)

The IKEA People & Planet Positive strategy – how we make it happen

Christina Niemelä Ström, Sustainability Manager, IKEA Supply

Parallel Sessions

1. Wood materials and Construction – Led by Tomas Alsmarker, Head of Innovation & Research, Swedish Wood

Wood is a building material that holds great potential for new buildings as well as for renovation and extension of existing buildings. The material is light, strong and eco-friendly. Listen to groundbreaking Nordic research projects that will change the cityscape.
Presentations from research projects on wood materials and construction:
WoodCircus Anne-Christine Ritschkoff, VTT and Dr. Andreas Nikolaus Kleinschmit von Lengefeld, HOMO SILVESTRIS EUROPAE
InFutUReWood –  Innovative Design for the Future – Use andReuse of Wood (Building) Components Karin Sandberg, RISE

DynaTTB, Dynamic Response of Tall Timber Buildings under Service Load Marie Johansson, RISE

Sawmill 4.0 Johan Oja, Norra Timber

2. Biorefinery – Chemicals and fuels – Led by Emilia Moisio, Director New Fibre Businesses, UPM-Kymmene Oyj

The bio-based industry can provide great help in facing today´s climate challenges and promote more sustainable consumption. Just as today’s oil refineries utilise the various fractions of crude oil, the biorefineries can play an important role in processing all the constituents of the biomass: cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin, extractives and proteins. Hear the latest progress in biorefining and the relevant regulation and listen to several projects that take bio-based solutions to global markets through new cross-border collaboration.
The introduction and future views to the biorefining Emilia Moisio, Director New Fibre Businesses, UPM-Kymmene Oyj

Fit for 55 and the development of biochemicals and biofuels Marko Janhunen, Director, Public Affairs,UPM-Kymmene
Presentations from research projects:
OptiBark Rauni Seppänen, Holmen, Marc Borrega, VTT and Peter Skagerlind, pSk earth adaption
MiniRefine Henrik Rådberg, Preem
BtoMi – Low value biomass to high quality manufacturing industry Thomas Bräck, Meva Energy

3. Textiles –  Led by Maria Ström, Innovation Manager, Wargön Innovation

The global need for textile fibers has grown rapidly and constitutes a societal challenge. Textiles based on cellulose holds great potential for both technical textiles and fashion. The demand for green and circular textile fibers is growing. Listen to world leading innovations from the Nordic countries on upscaling of bio-based solutions and recycling of textile fibers.

Introduction Cecilia Tall, Secretary-General, TEKO and Marja-Liisa Niinikoski, Finnish Textile & Fashion
Presentations form research projects:
100 % bio-based and biodegradable airlaid nonwoven Maria Wennman, Organoclick
NordicBio Pirjo Heikkilä, VTT and Henric Nedéus, Cellcomb
Paneldiscussion: Textile innovation in the Nordic Metsä Spring, Tahani Kaldéus, Renewcell and Åsa Östlund, TreeToTextile
New textile project – BioInnovation Hanna de la Motte, RISE

4. Packaging – Led by Ali Harlin, Research professor, VTT

Global trade of packaging is increasing and there is an increasing demand for efficient, sustainable and smart packaging solutions. Fiber-based packaging is developed for more and more applications to replace fossil-based plastics. Listen to the overview of the packaging development and the brand owners’ views to the future of bio-based packaging taking into account the changing regulatory landscape. Hear also the offering of two innovative SME companies.

Overview to the packaging development and future foresight including impact of regulations Ali Harlin, VTT

Nestle views to the future of bio-based packaging Alexey Vishtal, Nestle

Huhtamäki views to the future of bio-based packaging Tanja Virtanen-Leppä, Huhtamäki

SME companies having interesting offering of bio-based solutions: Case Woodly and Case Paboco

Tommi Vuorinen, Woodly
Gittan Schiöld, Paboco

13.00 Closing of the seminar

Registration closes October 24, 2021 at 5:00 PM.

Please register through the link.

The seminar is arranged by BioInnovation, Vinnova, CLIC Innovation and Business Finland.