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ICOS Bioenergy executive John Brosnan addressing colleagues at the CBE JU workshop on bioenergy in Brussels.

On Wednesday February 28th, the Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking (CBEJU) hosted a workshop in Brussels on “Engaging with primary producers in bio-based value chains”.

ICOS bioenergy executive John Brosnan was among the participants. “The CBEJU is a €2bn public-private partnership between the European Commission and the Bio-based industry,” according to John. Launched in 2021, it will run for 10 years and is part of the Horizon Europe and EU R&I funding programmes. It follows on from it’s predecessor, the BBIJU which invested €937m in 163 projects in 39 countries.

John Brosnan says, “a notable difference in the CBEJU programme is its emphasis on primary producers, and by extension, co-operatives. I was delighted to be able to put forward the case for co-operative involvement in the CBEJU programme. The workshop focused on key challenges and suggested solutions for primary producer involvement and the next step will be the formation of a CBE JU ‘Deployment Group’ on Primary Producers.”

ICOS and partners across Europe will continue with this work in identifying ways of further developing opportunities for co-ops in the bio-energy space.