The Vanguard Bioeconomy Pilot

About the Pilot

The innovative use of non-food biomass represents one of the most significant emerging industries at global level, as it can provide a significant contribution in tackling some of the most important contemporary challenges, e.g. climate change, increased sustainability, switch to renewable resources, re-industrialisation. Important initiatives and investments are quickly growing in this field but the market penetration of innovative bio-based products is still in its infancy and most resources are still allocated to face the challenges of scaling up production processes.

Activities & Long Term Goals

The Bioeconomy Pilot in Vanguard aims at supporting the deployment of high TRL technologies, through the setting up of transregional value chains in an industry-driven process, where public support comes into play to help bridging the valley of death. The pilot aims at indentifying critical challenges beyond the capabilities of a single region to team up skills, energies and resources that can make a difference in market terms.

Seven demo cases are currently under development, with a wide spectrum of approaches and topics, from large scale investment to extended networking of smaller infrastructures. Following the matchmaking event of February 2016, all demo cases have been working in order either to shape their ideas into a Vanguard- compatible approach or to condense different approaches in a single, common project. A Memorandum of Understanding with the Biobased Industry Consortium, representing the private side of the Bio Based Industry JTI, has been signed to develop common activities and the pilot has been positioned in order to take full advantage of different EC initiatives via both the Industrial Modernization platform and the European Cluster Collaboration Platform.

Event: The Vanguard Bioeconomy Pilot Meeting

On the 13th of October, The Vanguard Bioeconomy Pilot held a hybrid meeting, via MS Teams and at the location Het Groot Arsenaal in Bergen op Zoom. This meeting was part of the Natural Fibertastic Event 2022.


Vanguard Meeting
Welkom Willem Sederel
General update Vanguard Bioeconomy Pilot Ilaria Re
Lignocellulosic Biorefinery Democase Willem Sederel
Natural fibers development & application Rob Elias
Bioaromatics Democase Ludo Diels
Biomaterials (vega leather) Marizio Bettiga
Discussion with audience & wrap-up

The presentations of this meeting can be found here: