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Bio4Energy was at BioBase 2019, a conference at Piteå, Sweden designed to show the country's progress in the transition towards a bioeconomy and challenges that lie ahead. The 250 attendees were a variety of stakeholders to the bioenergy and biorefinery sector in Sweden and about 10 other countries. Bio4Energy had its own session on Tailored Trees, Improved Growth and New Products – Towards a Bioeconomy.

“As Bio4Energy we contributed by showing how the cooperation between our universities and institutes can contribute to strengthen the development of a bio-based economy. Our work covers the entire [biorefinery] value chain”, said This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.who coordinated Bio4Energy’s presence at the event.

“We were able to show that we have developed processes and built networks that make us well placed to go into the future. The products in our product portfolio are such that industry and society want”, according to Rova, who is Bio4Energy deputy programme manager and a professor at the Luleå University of Technology.

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Representing the conference organisation,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.of Piteå Science Park said that a cross-section of the Swedish biorefinery and forestry sectors had taken part in the event—along with high-level stakeholders such as Carina Håkansson, CEO of the Forest Industries’ Federation, Holmen Board member Alice Kempe and Camilla Lehorst, deputy director of the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation.

“We had a great event with all of the value chain represented among the attendance”, Westerberg said.

Given the high class of conference programme and site visits, he said, he wished that it would have attracted more officials representing the European Union (EU) and related decision-makers.

“When you follow the debate at EU level you realise that it does not have much to do with the reality of the forestry industry and the sector in northern Sweden. If [decision-makers at the EU level] came here they could learn about what we really do and our way of using all of the raw material and abiding by market principles. We use 100 per cent of the raw material by optimising our industrial processes and finding uses for their residual streams”, according to Westerberg.

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