Harvesting the bioeconomy



The bioeconomy – making the most out of our resources from land and sea such as crops, forests, fish, animals and micro-organisms – is set to become a $1 billion export-oriented industry in Queensland alone over the next decade. The global trend to shift from fossil-based to renewable feedstocks in industries such as chemicals, health, energy and construction represents an enormous opportunity for Australian businesses.

This session will explore what Australia's new bioeconomy could look like, how it will strengthen our existing agricultural, forestry and fishery sectors, and how we might just get there.

Tim Grant will provide an introduction to the importance of biological materials from a life cycle perspective, including how they could be managed at a macro scale and how to avoid some potential pitfalls.

Bronwyn Laycock will talk about some of the opportunities for waste to product conversion in the Australian context being developed through collaborative research, such as methane to biopolymer conversion.

John Kettle will speak on the Finnish approach to developing a high value-add bioeconomy, particularly producing chemicals and fuels from traditional waste products, and separating harmful components to recover the most valuable products.

Matt Arthur will provide an overview of the Queensland Government's vision to grow the biofuels and bio-products sector under the Advance Queensland Biofutures 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan, to become a sustainable, $1 billion export oriented industry.

Alex Yuen will speak about some recent advances in creating high value platform chemicals from "waste" ligin from the pulp and paper industry through catalytic conversion.