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Exclusive expert insights from day one of EFIB 2019.

The European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology & the Bioeconomy (EFIB) conference has started with a bang. Set within the heart of Europe at the Square Brussels Meeting Centre, sessions, CEO panels and panel debates discussed the key issues affecting the bioeconomy.

Bio Market Insight’s Liz Gyekye, has been hard at work reporting on the proceedings. Check our Twitter account @Bio_Markets , and the hashtag #EFIB2019 for photos, quotes and news. But we’ve also picked out some of the key insights from the first day, we’ll publish highlights of the second day same time tomorrow!

Plastic packaging represents 30% of global plastic production. – Nadia Auclair, CEO of Carbiolice.

We should all work together, but governments need to play a bigger role (in relation to tackling climate change) – Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech.

We did a survey in the UK and found that 85% of people we surveyed did not know what the bioeconomy was – Steve Bagshaw, CEO at Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies.

The bio-based industry is taking the lead in certification in relation to sustainability feedstock supply.  – Erwin Vink, Senior Sustainability Manager at Natureworks.

There is a lot of money out there , but (the product) needs good returns. – Richard Altice, President & CEO of NatureWorks.

Investors are attracted to the circular economy. – Fabrizio Calenti, executive director of Aquafil.

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