Scaling-up and industrial transition to bioeconomy


3.3 Scaling-up and industrial transition to bioeconomy


It is 2020, and we can see how industries and the general public are becoming more aware of the need for an industrial shift to the bioeconomy. However, every new initiative comes with obstacles that may hinder or slow down the timely occurrence of the necessary changes. The implementation of new industrial technologies competing in established markets makes the required industrial transition particularly challenging. Key barriers can be found in the areas of regulatory changes, which are always slow, market development for new products, and financing of projects aimed at the implementation of these changes. However, despite the challenges, countries and regions should build programs in partnership with their industry. Many countries are currently realizing that the bioeconomy is a pivotal point in order to meet the climate change challenges. By focusing on the demonstration of technologies at scale and on the implementation of first-of-its-kind and second-of-its-kind commercial plants, we can create a global industrial movement that will meet the challenges of the future and build the future we want for the next generation.

Workshop proposals submitted to this topic should aim to discuss and share experiences and projects on the following issues:

  • Advanced manufacturing in the bioeconomy, including biorefineries
  • Closing the gaps in demonstration/industrial implementation/economic scales
  • Bio-based value chains and (rural) job creation
  • Community and grass-root-driven bio-based business
  • Examples/showcases: how to get big business/industry on board, and how to create new value-chains: e.g. EU BBI, Canada BIODESIGN, Biofutures Platform, Thailand Bioecoomy Investment Roadmap


Workshop Sponsors:

Jussi Manninen, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Murray McLaughlin, Government’s Industrial Bioproducts Value Chain Roundtable, Canada

Ian O’Hara, Queensland University of Technology, Australia


To submit a workshop proposal, download and fill in the submission form and send it as one file to

Murray McLaughlin is President of McLaughlin Consultants and Advisor to Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) and to Forest Products Innovation(FPI). He co-chairs the Industrial Bioproducts Value Chain Roundtable which is a partnership between Industry and AAFC for the bioeconomy. From 2010 to 2016 he was the Executive Director of BIC and the Sustainable Chemistry Alliance in Sarnia, Ontario. McLaughlin has held various positions in the private, government and non-profit sectors such as Director of Business Development for the Canadian Light Source, President of Ontario Agri-Food Technologies, Deputy Minister of Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food, and President of Ag-West Biotech Inc. McLaughlin is a graduate of NS Agricultural College, McGill (BSc) and Cornell (MSC/PhD).

Jussi Manninen is Executive Vice President at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. He is responsible for the business area of Solutions for Natural Resources and Environment, which consists of three research areas: Industrial biotechnology and food solutions, Biomass processing and products, and Sustainable energy and chemical technologies. He previously worked for the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy, where he was responsible for implementing the Finnish Government’s key projects on the Bioeconomy and Cleantech and the Finnish bioeconomy strategy. Mr. Manninen holds a PhD in Process Integration from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST).

Ian O’Hara is a Principal Research Fellow specialising in bioenergy, biofuels and biorefining at Queensland University of Technology. His research interests include biofuels and bioenergy, biorefining and bioproducts, process engineering, scale-up and techno-economic assessment of new technologies. In 2016, he was appointed by the Queensland Government as the Queensland Biofutures Industry Envoy. As the Envoy, Mr. O’Hara provides strategic advice to government and assists in securing domestic and international investment within the Biofutures sector. He is a Director of Bioenergy Australia.