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The project Innovation in the Nordic bioeconomy falls within three categories: Product development, sustainable food production and increased production of biomass. It is well in line with both Nordic and European priorities in terms of green growth and sustainable development and reflects the overall priorities of the Nordic Bioeconomy Initiative.

Goals of the project

The overall objective of the project is to have direct economic impact through innovation and value-creation in the Nordic bioeconomy and thereby strengthen regional and economic growth.

This parallels with the objectives put forward in the Nordic Bioeconomy Initiative that is: Enhance Nordic cooperation advancing research and innovation and creating foundation for knowledgbased policies. Improve sustainable management and utilization of biological resources and strengthen the Nordic primary sectors to optimize the local economic and social benefits. Encourage proactive response to climate change, open new markets, create new jobs and contribute to food security and public health in the Nordic countries and beyond.

Three categories

The project will have a direct economic impact in the Nordic region focusing on pilot projects in three categories:

1. Innovation in food production

In the first phase, starting spring 2014, focus will be put on product development in Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands, building on the work carried out in the Nordic project “Arctic bio-economy.” Activating SME´s and entrepreneurs in product development focusing on food products using local bio-resources. Combining the efforts of food innovation centers, research centers, educational institutes and regional development support systems.

  • New products from the first phase will be presented at conferences organized in connec- tion with the meetings of Nordic ministers in June and November 2014 (FJLS and NER). The con- ference guests can „touch”, or even taste, the new products.
  • Evaluation and identification of performance factors to be con- sidered in scaled up second phase.

In August 2014 the second phase will be initiated covering all the Nordic countries. Product development and/or application of new and more efficient processes will be executed, building on the network from the New Nordic Food project “SME in the Bioeconomy” and performance factors identified in phase one.

  • New and/or more valuable products and services for domestic use and/or export in all the Nordic countries.
  • New knowledge and new pro- cesses transferred.
  • Evaluation of the results and the factors most critical for suc-cess in the program and what factors were most inhibiting.
  • Formulation of strategy for inno- vation and value creation in the bioeconomy. Results and new products will be presented at the final conference of the Ice- landic chairmanship program in 2016.
2. Increased sustainability in food production

Aiming to make food production in the Nordic countries more sustainable with respect to feed production, fertilizers and other necessary inputs by locating the production of these inputs near using area. Taking reference to the mapping work carried out and coordinated within the NordBio program best practices and areas with opportunities for improvement will be identified in all the Nordic countries. The project calls for strong coopertion between the Nordic countries as work skills and knowledge will be transferred between regions. The project also calls for close cooperation between sectors, e.g. grain producers and aquaculture, poultry and pig farmers. First projects are expected to be formed in the third quarter of 2014.

  • Increased sustainability of food production in the Nordic countries.
  • Increased self-sufficiency of in- puts for food production (feed, fertilizers, energy).
  • Assessment of success and the factors most critical for success and what factors were most in- hibiting.
  • Formulation of policies/strate- gy for sustainable food produc- tion in the Nordic countries. Re- sults will be presented at the final conference of the Icelandic chairmanship program in 2016.
3. Increased biomass production

The aim is to increase biomass production for example; forestry, biomass for biotechnology products, biofuel, biomass for food production, including aquaculture. The projects will be carried out in close cooperation with the industry and include applying practical research on biomass production and installation of pilot plants for biomass production / bio-refineries. Taking reference to the mapping work carried out and coordinated within the NordBio program. First projects are expected to be identified in the first quarter of 2015 (depending on sufficient funding).

  • Installed pilot biomass production facilities/bio-refineries, increased biomass production and thereby increased value creation in the bioeconomy of the Nordic countries.
  • New knowledge and/or transferred knowledge and technology between countries.
  • Increased biomass for the production of valuable products for the domestic market and/or export.
  • Assessment of success and the factors most critical for success and what factors were most inhibiting.
  • Formulation of policies/ strategy for biomass production and future development in biomass production. Results will be presented at the final conference of the Icelandic chairmanship program in 2016.
Contact information
Sigrún Elsa Smáradóttir, research group leader
Matis, Icelandic Food and Biotech R&D
Vinlandsleid 12, 113 Reykjavik, Iceland
Phone: +354 422 5000
Email: sigrun@matis.is