Bio, Food & Agro

The Bio, Food & Agro sector is one of the most essential sectors in the world, providing for millions in Europe. The biobased economy is one of the fastest growing in the world. The market for biobased products is expected to increase to 50 billion euro in 2030; a predicted growth of no less than 7 percent per year. Even so, the challenges in the sector increase nearly as rapidly as our understanding of its potential benefits does. Cost-competitiveness of biobased products in Europe is still not up to par with fossil-based alternatives. End-users often do not see the benefits of biobased products. And scaling up proves to be a challenge, both in technology and (inter)national policies.

PNO Consultants has been at the heart of this turbulent sector. Most of the projects we participate in have a strong technological focus, such as VALUEMAG, which aims to provide cutting-edge solutions for microalgae production and harvesting as well as scaling up new technologies of biomass transformation for integrated bio-refineries. BIOSKOH, one of our BBI flagship projects, explores pathways towards a novel European second generation bioeconomy by setting up a series of second generation bio-refineries, which are able to produce sustainable and affordable bio-ethanol. BIOPEN helps companies with matchmaking among project ideas and stakeholders for joint development, funding opportunities and sharing of information. We contribute by conceptualising projects, finding the right partners, providing advice on public funding opportunities, writing proposals, and supporting organisations throughout the implementation phase. We strive to connect ideas and ambitions of the biggest players in the sector, in order to stimulate development and innovation.