Organised as an initiative of the European Commission since 1980, the European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE) is a world-leading event for biomass research, technology development and innovative applications. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 28th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE) went online in 2020. The programme of the 2020 online edition responded to suggestions from the scientific community, with a particular focus brought on biomass in the emerging bioeconomy and on the role of agriculture in bioenergy production. Overall, the conference aimed at improving citizen awareness and engagement in support of biomass technologies.
The BE-Rural project was presented in the form of a poster prepared by BE-Rural project partner WIP Renewable Energies. The poster was entitled “BE-Rural: Bio-based strategies and roadmaps for enhanced rural and regional development in the EU” and showed background information on the bioeconomy, the approach and objectives of the BE-Rural project, as well as some selected project results. These include an overview of bio-based technology solutions, an examination of bio-based business models, a handbook on regional and local bioeconomies, together with a PESTEL and SAT analysis of the OIP regions, allowing for a better understanding of their overall environment and an assessment of their bioeconomy potential. These outcomes set the base for future activities within the BE-Rural project.