From sustainable raw materials to sustainable recycling in furniture: SUSBIND Final Online Conference

“From Sustainable Raw Materials to Sustainable Recycling (R2R) in Furniture”

SUSBIND Final Online Conference, 1st June 2022, 10:00 am -13:50 pm

Join our renowned experts on novel biotechnologies and bioeconomy, as well as our scientists and industry representatives! Be the first to know the new trends and discoveries from the SUSBIND project and beyond and register here.

As the climate changes, the furniture of the future will have to be sustainable, multi-functional and efficient and today’s designers and manufacturers are already starting to explore these areas, paving the way for future developments. The wood board industry already having the circular economy in mind currently relies on the use of mainly fossil-based binders, largely formaldehyde-based binders. A number of initiatives are underway to produce alternative binders from renewable resources, but a bio-based binder at industrial scale does not yet exist.

SUSBIND’s collaborative partnership of six research and five industry partners has made substantial progress in developing highly sustainable bio-based binders that will in future replace conventional fossil-based ones currently used for wood-based panel boards in furniture mass products.

The SUSBIND binder aims at containing a significantly lower carbon footprint, while also reducing formaldehyde emissions and thus making a meaningful contribution in improving the public health and helping mitigate climate change. Hand in hand with the EU’ Green Deal targets, SUSBIND also provides cutting-edge clean technological innovation by converting carbohydrates and vegetable oils to binder precursors by “mild” technologies.

This conference will showcase the innovative solutions the project delivers in terms of novel technologies, both for enzymatic conversion of lipids and thermo/chemical conversion of carbohydrates which are scalable and applicable in numerous industrial relevant environments.
Moreover, the SUSBIND final online conference will examine current and future trends in and beyond the binder market for furniture and check applicability of similar solutions in research and other industry fields. The aim of this global online conference is to share experience, open debates for future trends and comparable projects as well as to attract attention of relevant stakeholder and reach out to a broad audience.


Preliminary AGENDA

Welcome and Introduction to the Conference: Stephen WebbCEO RTDS Group
10:00-10:10 Key note: SUSBIND as European Bioeconomy in the making
Philippe Mengal- Executive Director, CBE JU (tbc)
10:10-10:20 Key note: Rolle of industry in European circular economy initiatives and European projects
Dirk Carrez – BIC, Executive Director
10:20-10:30 Introduction to the SUSBIND project
Massimo Bregola – SUSBIND Scientific Coordinator, Global Application Lead Binders & Adhesives at Cargill 

10:30 Block 1: New technologies
10:30-10:45 Challenges of bio-based materials from an industrial perspective
Manfred Dunky –Industry Expert-bio-based Materials
10:45-11:00 SUSBIND Best practice #1:
Carbohydrates: Sugar syrup as the secret ingredient for biobased binders for furniture
Erik Van Herwijnen- Deputy Area Manager Wood K plus and Catherine Thoma – Scientist Wood K plus
11:00-11:15 SUSBIND Best practice #2:
Emerged Enzymatic Technologies: From Fungus to Innovative Biocatalysts (UPOs)
Juan Carro – Scientist CIB CSIC and Daniel Zänder, CEO JenaBios
11:15-11:30 Q&A & panel discussion
11:30-11:45 Break

11:45 Block 2. Sustainability & Recycling
11:45-12:00 Role of furniture industry in the issues of Environment and Circular Economy in Europe
James Ede – Cargill- Global Starch & Sweeteners Sustainability Lead
12:00-12:15 Best practice example #3: Sustainability in biomass wood-based products
Nikolaus Schwaiger, Chemical Engineer Biorefinery at Sappi Europe SA
12:15-12:30 Ways to recycle fiberboards for manufacturing of new particleboards and fiberboards
Jan-Olof Fechter, Category Area Wood, Material & Technology IKEA
12:30-12:45 Q&A & panel discussion

12:45 Block 3. CO2 emission reduction and beyond & final panel discussion
12:45-13:00 SUSBIND Best practice #4:
Environmental, market and regulatory requirements for the bio-based binder system
Martijn Broeren- Senior Researcher CE Delft
13:00- 13:15 EU Ecolabel criteria for furniture
Antonio Delre- Project Officer at Joint Research Centre of the European Commission

13:15-13:30 Expert Panel discussion: Way forward
Antonio Delre- European Commission, Joint Research Centre
Andreas Ahrens – Head of Climate – Inter IKEA Group
Manfred Dunky, Industry Expert-bio-based Materials
Roman Eberharter – President of FENA- European Federation for Furniture Retailers
Rob Beekers, Director New Business Development at Cargill Bio-Industrial Group

13:30-13:50 Closing session: SUSBIND Prototype product presentation (spp)-
Stephen WebbCEO RTDS Group
Final address: Oliver Zobell – CBE JU Project Officer