Cepi to host event, 'Circular Choices for a Competitive EU Bioeconomy,' on Sept. 26 in Brussels; Cepi aims to facilitate open discussion on EU competitiveness in context of green transition--bottlenecks, opportunities, solutions ahead of 2030 and beyond

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September 1, 2023 (press release) –


26 September 2023


registrations from 13:30*

Thon Hotel EU

Rue de la Loi 75, 1040 Brussels



Panel debate: Supporting EU competitiveness for green industrialisation objectives
As the Spanish EU Presidency prioritises the reindustrialisation of the EU and how to ensure open strategic autonomy, the role of sustainable value chains of manufacturing industries, such as the ones represented by the Circular Choices Coalition*, will be key as it provides meaningful employment, reduces continuing dependence of Europe on fossil resources and helps cutting carbon emissions of other sectors. But this focus also opens new questions: How can EU sustainable industries remain competitive in the long term? How to ensure and re-build EU competitiveness while moving towards a circular bioeconomy?

TED TALK-style session: Bioeconomy talks
Through this session, we wish to highlight the already positive developments and the “real examples” of low-carbon innovations that are taking place at national level across the sector. Additionally, we wish to reflect on why it is important to keep investing in the EU and what challenges our companies might be facing to make that happen in the years to come.

With this event, Cepi wishes to facilitate an open discussion on EU competitiveness in the context of the green transition: the bottlenecks, opportunities, and solutions ahead of 2030 and beyond.



Welcome and registrations



Jennifer Baker



Opening keynote address

Alberto Ruiz

Counsellor for Industry, Permanent Representation of Spain to the EU

TED TALK-style session: Bioeconomy talks

Company representatives

Panel debate: Supporting EU competitiveness for green industrialisation objectives

Hans Ingels

Head of Bioeconomy Unit, DG GROW, European Commission


Ilkka Hämälä

Cepi chairman and CEO of Metsä Group


Spanish Confederation of Business Organizations (CEOE) (speaker tbc)


Member of the European Parliament tbc



Circular Choices*

In March 2023, Cepi launched the Circular Choices Coalition for a competitive EU bioeconomy, which promotes the policy and market conditions necessary in the EU to scale-up the circular bioeconomy. The coalition, which is the broadest ever within the sector, brings together 14 EU trade associations that represent providers of renewable products and renewable energy solutions -wood, fibre-based, paper, products and packaging, bioenergy industries. And it is supported by a further of six trade associations that represent EU forest owners and managers. 

These integrated value chains are a pillar of the EU economy. They are also key for the strategic autonomy of Europe: they are renewable and sourced, made and recycled in Europe, with European technology. Together, they directly employ more than four million Europeans, representing 520 billion euro in annual turnover. It is also a manufacturing powerhouse: one in every five manufacturing companies in Europe are in this sector.

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