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1st Webinar on Sustainability | Making the Transition to a Circular Bioeconomy Sustainable and Inclusive

29/06/2020

Circular Bioeconomy, Sustainability, Circular Economy Innovations
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1st Webinar on Sustainability - an Open Access Journal

Making the Transition to a Circular Bioeconomy Sustainable and Inclusive

Among the 114 definitions of the circular economy proposed (Kirchherr, Reike and Hekkert, 2017), it can be stated that the circular economy—defined “as a regenerative system in which resource input and waste, emission, and energy leakage are minimised by slowing, closing, and narrowing material and energy loops” (Geissdoerferp et al. 2017, p. 759)—has been enriched by the contribution of the bioeconomy sector, given that a sustainable bioeconomy represents the renewable “segment” of the circular economy (EC 2018).

But how circular is the bioeconomy? And how pervasive it is among small and medium firms? What are the challenges and opportunities associated with a transition to a circular bioeconomy in the post COVID-19 era?

These and more will be discussed during the webinar.


Chair: Prof. Dr. Piergiuseppe Morone

Date: 29 June 2020

Time: 11:00am (CEST) | 5:00am (EDT) | 5:00pm (CST)

Webinar ID: 827 4661 3931

Webinar Secretariat: [email protected]



The following experts will present and speak:

Prof. Dr. Piergiuseppe Morone

Prof. Dr. Piergiuseppe Morone

Piergiuseppe Morone is Full Professor of Economic Policy at Unitelma Sapienza with a strong interest in green innovation and sustainable development pushing his research at the interface between innovation economics and sustainability transitions, an area of enquiry that has attracted growing attention over the last decade. His work regularly appears in prestigious innovation and environmental economics journals.
He is coordinator of STAR-ProBio, an H2020 research project aiming at developing sustainability assessment tools for bio-based products and promote their market penetration.
Prof. Morone is head of the Bioeconomy in Transition Research Group, a research unit at Unitelma Sapienza involved in research concerning the emergence of a circular and bio-based economy.
He is member of the Editorial Boards of Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry (ELSEVIER) and Open Agriculture (De Gruyter Open) and acts as Guest Editor for various journal including the Journal of Cleaner Production (ELSEVIER) and Sustainability (MDPI).
Prof. Morone is Economic Advisor of the Italian Minister of the Environment, Land and Sea Protection.

Prof. Dr. Massimiliano Mazzanti

Prof. Dr. Massimiliano Mazzanti

Massimiliano Mazzanti is Full Professor of Economic Policy at the University of Ferrara. He researches the economic, social and environmental effects of policies on development, labour, innovation and ecological issues.
He is the Director of the Interuniversity Centre SEEDS (www.sustainability-seeds.org) and CERCIS research centre on circular economy innovation and SMEs. He has directed research units of EU projects: FP7 Choosing Efficient Combinations of Policy Instruments for Low-carbon Development and Innovation to Achieve Europe’s 2050 Climate Targets (www.cecilia2050.eu) and Horizon2020 Green.eu (http://www.inno4sd.net/Team/). Currently he is part of the Waste and Materials in a Green Economy project funded by the EEA (https://www.eionet.europa.eu/etc-wmge).

Prof. Dr. Nicolas Béfort

Prof. Dr. Nicolas Béfort

Nicolas received his PhD in Economic Sciences from University of Reims Champagne Ardenne. Nicolas’s research investigates emergence and structure of a bio-economy. Nicolas worked with Nova-Institut (Hürth, Germany) which is specialized in bio-economy and supports the European Commission on economic and techno-economic studies for the transition towards the use of bio sourced materials. He also participated in the “CO2-Dissolved” project related to a post-doctoral contract with the Economic Laboratory of Orléans. He develops research at the frontier between ecological economics, innovation economics and the transition to sustainability studies. Thus, he develops research on the organisation modes of the biorefineries, on transition to the Bioeconomy policies and on resource management in the transition to sustainability. Nicolas is professor of economics in the Finance Department (Campus Reims), he is a member of the Industrial BioEconomy Chair, he is in charge of the academic development of the Chair.

Program

The webinar will start at 11:00 am (CEST) and last maximum 1 hour 30 minutes

Presentation

Time

Prof. Dr. Piergiuseppe Morone

Introduction

11:00 am (CEST)

Prof. Dr. Massimiliano Mazzanti

"Circular Economy Innovations in SMEs"

11:15 am (CEST)

Prof. Dr. Nicolas Béfort

"How circular is the bioeconomy?"

11:40 am (CEST)

Q&A

12:05 pm (CEST)

Webinar Content

On Monday 29 June 2020, MDPI and Sustainability organized the first webinar, entitled: “Making the Transition to a Circular Bioeconomy Sustainable and Inclusive”. The webinar provided an introduction to the challenges and opportunities of circular bioeconomy.

Prof. Dr. Piergiuseppe Morone, Professor of Economic Policy, Unitelma Sapienza , was the chair of the webinar. He is Head of Bioeconomy in Transition Research Group, at Unitelma Sapienza and has a strong interest in green innovation and sustainable development. As the chair of the webinar, Prof. Dr. Morone welcomed the audience to the subject and introduced the following expert researchers: Prof. Dr. Massimiliano Mazzanti and Prof. Dr. Nicolas Béfort.

Prof. Dr. Massimiliano Mazzanti is Professor of Economic Policy at the University of Ferrara. He researches the economic, social, and environmental effects of policies on development, labour, innovation, and ecological issues and he spoke about "Circular Economy Innovations in SMEs".

His presentation was followed by Prof. Dr. Nicolas Béfort. Prof. Dr. Béfort received his Ph.D. in Economic Sciences from the University of Reims Champagne Ardenne. His research investigates emergence and structure of a bio-economy. He talked about "How circular is the bioeconomy?".

Their presentations were followed by a discussion and Q&A session moderated by Prof. Dr. Piergiuseppe Morone.

The webinar was offered via Zoom and required registration to attend. The full recording can be found below.

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Relevant Special Issues

Special Issues in Sustainability

Green, Closed Loop, Circular Bio-Economy
Guest Editors: Charisios Achillas, Dionysis Bochtis
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Circular Economy in Small and Medium Enterprises
Guest Editors: Carmen Jaca, Tatiana Reyes, Marta Ormazabal
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New Business Models Sustainable. Circular. Inclusive
Guest Editors: Rick Edgeman, Jacob Eskildsen, Jan Jönker, Sjors Witjes, Niels R. Faber, Florian Lüdeke-Freund
Accepting submissions until 31 October 2020

Municipal Solid Waste Management in a Circular Economy
Guest Editor: Isabella Pecorini
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The Role of Innovation Catalysts in Business Model Re-Design for Circular Economy
Guest Editors:
Davide Chiaroni, Leena Aarikka-Stenroos, Joona Keränen, Andrea Urbinati
Accepting submissions until 30 November 2020

Circular Economy and Sustainable Strategies
Guest Editors: Elena Cristina Rada, Lucian-Ionel Cioca
Accepting submissions until 15 December 2020

Advances in the Green Circular Economy: Forest and Agriculture Industry
Guest Editors: Teijo Palander, Kalle Kärhä
Accepting submissions until 15 December 2020

Resource Recovery in a Circular Bio-Economy
Guest Editor: G Venkatesh
Accepting submissions until 31 December 2020

Towards Circular Economy: Evaluation of Waste Treatment
Guest Editors: Deborah Panepinto, Marco Ravina
Accepting submissions until 17 January 2021

The Circular Economy Challenge: Towards a Sustainable Development
Guest Editor: Alessia Amato
Accepting submissions until 31 January 2021

The Efficiency of Biochar and Bioslurry toward Sustainable Agriculture and Circular Economy
Guest Editors: Keiji Jindo, Hans Langeveld
Accepting submissions until 31 January 2021

Environmental Management Approaches and Tools to Boost Circular Economy
Guest Editors: Tiberio Daddi, Luca Marrucci
Accepting submissions until 31 January 2021

Developing Case Studies on Circular Economy for Business and Education Purposes
Guest Editors: Ilaria Giannoccaro, Luca Fraccascia
Accepting submissions until 30 March 2021

Transitioning to a Circular Economy with Sustainable Waste Management
Guest Editor: Hiroshan Hettiarachchi
Accepting submissions until 30 April 2021

Circular Economy and Artificial Intelligence
Guest Editors: Hamid Khayyam, Seeram Ramakrishna
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