European Commission's Bioeconomy Knowledge Centre (BKC) has been launched
The European Commission's Bioeconomy Knowledge Centre (BKC) has been launched as the Commission's central knowledge hub on the bioeconomy at the BKC launch event in Brussels on 20 July 2017. The BKC is has been created by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) of the European Commission (EC), to better support policy makers with science-based evidence in this field. It is an online platform that will collect, structure and provide access to knowledge from a wide range of scientific sources on bioeconomy, the sustainable production of renewable biological resources and their conversion into valuable products.
The launch event brought together policy makers and stakeholders from the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), industrial organisations, industry, and civil society. PLATFORM coordinator Christine Bunthof was present and the Joint Programming Initiatives FACCE-JPI, JPI Oceans and JPI Climate were presented as well. The participants explored how improved knowledge on bioeconomy can help policymakers better design related EU policies in the short, medium and long term. They were asked to reflect on the role of the BKC, and how their organisation can contribute to it.
The Bioeconomy Knowledge Centre will support the European Commission in the review of the 2012 Bioeconomy Strategy, taking into account new political and policy developments, such as the COP21 Paris agreement, the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals and the Circular Economy Package.