The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has once more pointed out the dramatic consequences of glo-bal warming and has called for increased global activities to reduce greenhouse gases and reverse global economic trends. There is indeed an urgent need for action in order to achieve the global and national climate protection targets by 2050.
We need to further develop strategies to reduce re-source consumption, strengthen biodiversity and decrease environmental pollution at the European and national level.The implementation of these strategies concerns all econo-mic sectors. Sustainable and eco-friendly products and pro-cesses based on biomass and residues play a central role in this context and offer at the same time new opportunities for companies and our society.
The international congress provides an excellent platform for networking and promotes the exchange of knowledge about bioeconomy in the non-food sector.
There are presentations on current findings from research and practice as well as on successful examples of efficient material utilization and energy recovery of biomass and residues. Presentations of innovative products and product developments by different companies are part of the congress.