Seminar: Green Biorefineries for protein – bioenergy and biomaterials

08 Sep, 2022 - 08 Sep, 2022
Location: Göteborg, Sweden & Online
Task 45RegularIEA Bioenergy
In this international seminar the results from the Interreg-project Green Valleys will be presented. In the project Danish and Swedish partners have developed new technology and system concepts for green biorefineries. The seminar involves researchers and representatives from the EU commission, Danish Ministry of Environment, and the Swedish Energy Agency. The seminar ends with a discussion of policy actions for accelerated implementation of biorefinery systems in Denmark and Sweden.​


The agriculture sector needs to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapt to climate change while contributing to improved food and energy security. Green biorefineries – producing high-quality protein, bioenergy, and other biobased products from grass-clover biomass – receive increasing interest as an option that can deliver towards all these objectives.


As grass-clover cultivation in areas dominated by annual crops often results in carbon sequestration into soils, the climate benefits from substituting fossil fuels, soy-based feed and other GHG-intensive products are further enhanced. In addition, the grass-clover cultivation results in important co-benefits, such as reduced need for pesticides and fertilizers and improved biodiversity in agriculture.

  • Welcome.
    Moderator: Tomas Kåberger, professor and director Area of Advance Energy
  • Plans and strategies for a transition to green protein and fossil-free energy and materials in the EU
    Laurent Mercier, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, EU commission​, Galin Gentchev, DG Energy, EU commission​.
  • Green biorefinery systems – technology development and environmental sustainability
    Morten Ambye-Jenssen, Dep of Biological and Chemical Engineering, Aarhus University and Christel Cederberg, Dep of Space, Earth and Environment, Chalmers
  • Food, energy & materials from green biorefineries – Danish and Swedish perspectives
    Uffe Jørgensen, Dep of Agroecology & Centre for Circular Bioeconomy, Aarhus University and Göran Berndes, Dep of Space, Earth and Environment, Chalmers University of Technology
  • Policies for shifts to green protein and phase-out of fossil-based energy and materials – introduction from national agencies and discussions
    Lasse Juul-Olesen, Miljøministeriet DK and Kalle Svensson, Energimyndigheten, SE
  • Concluding remarks
    Tomas Kåberger, Area of Advance Energy, Chalmers


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Green Biorefineries for protein – bioenergy and biomaterials

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