Material availability, climate protection and green deal: the importance of these topics has been clearly demonstrated in recent months. In order to promote dialogue for a future-oriented bioeconomy despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wood Industry Summit will therefore be launched for the first time as a digital event. The two-day online conference, which is organized within the framework of the LIGNA.Innovation Network, brings together more than 30 international experts from industry and politics.
l Two-day conference as part of the LIGNA.Innovation Network
l Industry experts discuss process technologies of the bioeconomy
l Participation registrations now possible online
Hannover. Material availability, climate protection and green deal: the importance of these topics has been clearly demonstrated in recent months. In order to promote dialogue for a future-oriented bioeconomy despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wood Industry Summit will therefore be launched for the first time as a digital event. The two-day online conference, which is organized within the framework of the LIGNA.Innovation Network, brings together more than 30 international experts from industry and politics. The German and English-language lectures and panel discussions will take place on 27 and 28 September 2021 streamed live from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each from the H’Up in Hall 18 at the exhibition center in Hanover. Registrations for digital participation in the event are now possible online.
The forestry and wood sector is an integral part of the circular bioeconomy, and thus process technologies and products of woodworking and processing are trendsetting. The LIGNA.Innovation Network examines the wood-based bioeconomy from different perspectives. Visitors can look forward to new impulses for the use of the raw material wood, the promotion of start-up companies, the promotion of investment and market launch of new products, and new perspectives for building with wood.
In addition, the implementation of the first wood-based biorefinery in Germany is reported. In addition, political framework conditions for the development of resource-efficient use of wood as part of the European Green Deal and pillars of a circular bioeconomy are highlighted. Another focus is the digitization of the process chains of the forestry and timber industry as well as innovations in the field of sawmill technology.
LIGNA.IN Wood Industry Summit
The focus of the LIGNA.IN Wood Industry Summit is the process technologies of the bioeconomy. The LIGNA.IN Wood Industry Summit is organized by Dr. Jochen Köckler, CEO Deutsche Messe AG, Hanover and Dr. Eva Ursula Müller, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), Prof. Dr.-Ing. M. Zscheile, Rosenheim University of Technology and Hans-Georg von der Marwitz, President of the Association of German Forest Owners Associations (AGDW).
On the first day, the partners of the European network of the “Bioregions Facility” illuminate the perspectives of the wood-based bioeconomy in the European and regional context: Forest Bioeconomy in action. NRW Environment Minister Ursula Heinen-Esser will present the contribution of the wood-based bioeconomy to the further development of the industrially shaped federal state into a sustainable business location. The Basque Country records the regional perspective of how politics can create favorable framework conditions for the transformation into a circular bioeconomy.
In addition, the European Commission will take up the topic of “Green Deal, European Forest Strategy and Circular Bioeconomy” and show prospects for Europe.
The topic “Forest and wood as elementary building blocks of the circular bioeconomy” is the focus of the lecture by Marc Palahí, director of the European Forest Institute (EFI). New products, business models and companies make an important contribution to innovation and growth in the field of wood-based bioeconomy. Other topics of the morning are the initiation, support and financing of start-up companies from the idea to business maturity. Here, industrial heavyweights such as StoraEnso, BBI, and the new ECBF fund share their recipes for success for building and promoting new products and companies.
The lecture program in the afternoon of the first day of the event starts with a wood pitch with new ideas for the use of wood by selected start-up companies.
The focus for the afternoon is the “Wood-based bioeconomy – Building with wood”. Here, new aspects of the raw material wood are highlighted, especially with regard to quality of life and living environment, as well as the role of timber construction in the creation of much-needed biocities.
What does building with wood look like in the European Regions? Representatives of the regions of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Grand-Est region and the Nordic Council of Ministers share their experience in implementation.
The program of the first day of the event closes with a panel discussion on “Beyond environmental sustainability: Advantages and incentives for integrating the building material wood into the European building stock”.
The first day of the event will be moderated by Dr. Dr. h.c. Christian Patermann, who was a founding member of the first German Bioeconomy Council. Dr. Dr. h.c. Christian Patermann is considered one of the pioneers of the bioeconomy in Europe.
Rethinking wood use – perspectives of processing and product design
The second day of the conference begins with a series of lectures on the digitization of supply chain management in the sustainable forestry and timber industry. Alexander Kaulen, Board of Trustees for Forest Work and Forest Technology e. V. (KWF), addresses in particular the traceability in forestry and the technical requirements of sustainable supply chains.
Can deforestation-free supply chains and certification according to ISO38200 be realized by blockchain? Is there intelligent route information for sustainable supply chains? And can the value chain in the digital twin be mapped? Participants will also find valuable answers to these questions.
What does sawmill technology look like in 2030? Will there be special procedures and what can be expected here? The Association of German Mechanical and Plant Engineering e. V. (VDMA) takes a look into the future.
The Association of German Forest Owners’ Associations (AGDW) and their partners are dedicated to the topic “Sustainable and innovative – Forest owners as pillars of the green industry” and present the sustainability expertise of the forest owners as part of the Forest and Wood Cluster. The starting point is the current crisis in the forests and the challenges in the face of climate change for forest (re)construction. The ecosystem services of the forest, the provision of the raw material wood as part of the bioeconomy and the contribution to the energy transition are presented. The contribution is moderated by Dr. Irene Seling, Managing Director of AGDW – The Forest Owners.
The other technical contributions show the connection between bioeconomy and biorefineries.
Dr. Michael Deutsch, Director UPM Biochemical Business, Leuna, presents the milestones of an innovative wood-based bioeconomy.
Dr. Marina Crnoja-Cosic, New Business Development, Kelheim Fibres, presents wood fiber solutions for a wide range of applications. Dr. Frank Meister, Head of Chemical Research, Thuringian Institute for Textile and Plastics Research e.V. (TITK), is dedicated to the topic of wood fibers – alternative, functional, sustainable.
Panel discussions with the speakers and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Zscheile from the Rosenheim University of Technology on the topic “Potentials of wood in the bioeconomy, Charter for Wood 2.0” round off the program.
The two-day conference program ends with a lecture by Jukka Kantola, World Bioeconomy Forum (WCBEF) on the topic of “Biorefineries and new organic products in Europe”.