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

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.”

To register for the Awards Roundtable on 2 December please visit:

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.