BioMonitor SMEs and Industry Exchange

18 Nov 2021

The interactive event will focus on the contribution of SMEs and industries in the chemical sector towards the bioeconomy


Within this exchange the benefits of improving and re- structuring data and modelling frameworks related to the bioeconomy will be discussed. Participants are invited to share experiences of reporting data on biobased products with the organizing partners of the Biomonitor projects (NOVA, TNO and Imperial College London), and several experts will provide insights on the role of SMEs and Industries within the bioeconomy in Europe.

Are you interested in product coding and reporting on biobased data? Do you want to know more about new European guidelines and policies that apply to importing and exporting biobased products? Please join us at the BioMonitor industry exchange!

More information on the program of the BioMonitor SMEs and Industry exchange on the 18th of November is available. Please see the complete program and descriptions below.

Please click here to register for this session; there is no cost to participate in this session. Do not hesitate to forward this invitation to relevant colleagues or other contacts.

Program outline

The session will take place from 10:00 to 12:00 on the 18th of November 2021.

10:00 – 10:10    Introduction of the BioMonitor project (by Dusan Drabik,  BioMonitor project officer from Wageningen University)

10:10 – 10:35    The import and export of biobased products – what you should know (Ruud de Groot, Dutch Customs laboratory)

10:35 – 11:00    Policy scenario’s and influence on the European biobased market (Calliope Panoutsou, BioMonitor Partner from Imperial College London)

11:00 – 11:05    Short break

11:05 – 11:30    Insides in the German industry and the creation of biobased PRODCOM-codes (Fuchs Schmierstoffe GmbH)

11:30 – 11:55    Participants’ insights: discussion, questions and information sharing between participants and BioMonitor team


About the presentations

Dusan Drabik (BioMonitor Project officer)

Dusan Drabik will give a short introduction about the BioMonitor project, its objectives and current results. More about the BioMonitor project can be found on the website.

Dutch Customs Laboratory

Ruud de Groot will present the purpose and background of CN-codes for imported goods in the EU. There are a few specific CN-codes for bio-based products and these can form a basis for enhanced monitoring of the development of the EU bioeconomy. Examples of new CN-codes and the possible effects on the market will be given.

Calliope Panoutsou (BioMonitor Partner)

Calliope Panoutsou will discuss how the policy scenarios of the European Green Deal and the Circular Bioeconomy can impact the development of biobased markets and the successful introduction of novel biobased products.

Fuchs Schmierstoffe, GmbH

As one of the largest producers of lubricants, Fuchs Schmierstoffe offers a wide range of bio-based alternatives to fossil-based lubricant products. Fuchs Schmierstoffe is directly involved in the process of creating and introducing of dedicated ProdCom-codes for bio-based lubrication products. The presentation gives an overview of the process, main points of discussion and implications for an industry introducing ProdCom-codes for bio-based products.

About the  BioMonitor Project

During the last twenty years, EU policymakers have placed high priority on the expansion of bio-based value chains to reduce use of petrochemicals and mitigate climate change. Various initiatives, from EU policymakers, industries and other organizations made this priority evident. The transition to a more bio-based economy needs to be monitored to evaluate its progress and impact. The
BioMonitor project contributes to this process of monitoring and evaluation by re-structuring its existing data and modelling framework. The ultimate goal of the BioMonitor project is to get a clearer picture of the bioeconomy in Europe, and how it affects our lives.

We hope to welcome you during the session on the 18th of November. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Charlotte Koppen ( or Sterre Bierens (




18 Nov 2021 from 10:00 to 12:00 (Europe/Rome)