World BioEconomy Forum awards 2021; winners to unfold their stories in panel discussion

11 November 2021 – The World BioEconomy Forum was concluded 20 October 2021 in Belém, Brazil.

Over 1,300 delegates from 44 countries around the world attended the event – 400 in person and 900 online – taking part in the dialog with 60 prominent speakers and panellists.

The World BioEconomy Forum also held its prestigious 2021 Awards at a gala dinner held during the event. The Awards recognise special efforts made by companies and individuals in an effort to promote and enhance the global circular bioeconomy.  The Forum will be holding a special Roundtable on 2 December 2021 which will feature the winners of the awards speaking about the importance of sustainability and the circular bioeconomy to their own business sectors.


The winners were:

Bio Act of the Year: Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI), nova-institute 

Bioproduct of the Year: Billerudkorsnäs for “The Paper Bottle project”

Bio Person of the Year: Cristiano Teixeira, CEO, Klabin

Start-up of the Year: De Mendes, Chocolate de Amazonia


Christopher vom Burg of the nova-institute said of winning the Bio Act of the Year Award: “A big thank you to the World BioEconomy Forum for granting us the Bio Act of the Year Award 2021. This caught us completely by surprise, but we are absolutely honoured to see that our hard work has been recognised! The award is a confirmation that we are on the right track, and it motivates us to continue developing the RCI and to push for the transition of the chemicals and materials sector from fossil to renewable carbon.”

The World BioEconomy Forum 2021 featured an excellent variety of side events, performances, and special guests both in Belém and online who made the event memorable and special. You are now able to relive and experience the Forum through the event videos provided on our YouTube channel.

The Forum is now looking towards the season for 2022, which will again be packed with circular bioeconomy dialogue opportunities including Roundtables and Insider Insights based on the four-pillar structure.


More information:         Jukka Kantola

+358 40 552 8880


The Four-Pillar Structure of the World BioEconomy Forum

The Forum strictly operates under the Four-Pillar Structure: I The Bioeconomy: People, Planet, Policies, II Global Leaders and the Financial World, III Bioproducts Around Us and IV Looking to the Future. Using the Four-Pillar Structure enables the complete evaluation of the status of the circular bioeconomy and thereby facilitates developments across the whole of the sector. This makes the Forum and its activities extremely powerful and effective, enabling the facilitating of a holistic bioeconomy and thus making significant conjoined efforts in the mitigation of climate change.

All Forum programs and activities are aligned with the Four-Pillar Structure, including all Roundtables and the annual Declaration. This four-pillar structure ensures that all relevant stakeholders in the circular bioeconomy have a voice and a platform.      

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