Agenda and Presentations

of the Final SAHYOG Conference and Brokerage Event on Bio-economy in New Delhi, India, on 3-4 February 2014

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3 February 2014

Inaugural and Introductory Session

Welcome address
Dr Alok Adholeya, Director, TERI

Welcome address
Prof. Lidia Szpyrkowicz, Embassy of Italy, New Delhi

Views from European Commission
Dr Philippe de Taxis du Poet, European Commission, Belgium

Setting the theme
Dr Shailja Gupta, Director, International Cooperation, Department of Biotechnology, GOI

SAHYOG: Overview, Objectives and Achievements
Dr Neeta Sharma, Coordinator, SAHYOG, ENEA, Italy

Special Address
Dr Renu Swarup, MD, BIRAC, Advisor, Department of Biotechnology, GOI

Vote of thanks
Dr Priyangshu M Sarma, Project Coordinator from India

Bio-economy: Importance of the transition

Chairperson: Dr Renu Swarup, Advisor, Bioenergy, Department of Biotechnology, GOI

Bioeconomy in the EU Horizon 2020
Dr Philippe de Taxis du Poet, European Commission, Belgium

Perspective from Indian Context
Prof Ashok Pandey, NIST, Trivandrum

Overview on Bio-economy from Indian Industry
Mr. K. Krishnan, Confederation of Indian Industry, India

Integration of bio based economy in European Industry
Ir. Kees Kwant, N L Agency, The Netherlands

Comments from the chairperson and open discussion

Rapporteurs: Dr Divya Srivastava, JNU and Ms Harshita Negi, GBPUAT, India

SAHYOG’s Strategic Research Agenda on Bio-based economy

Chairperson: Dr. Indraneel Ghose, Advisor for Education, Research and Innovation

Introduction to the concept
Dr Priyangshu M Sarma , TERI, New Delhi

Presentation of Strategic Research Agenda
Prof Ludo Diels, VITO, Belgium

Presentation of Strategic Research Agenda
Prof Reeta Goel, GBPUAT, Pantnagar

Open discussion

Rapporteurs: Ms Ruprekha Saikia and Ms Neon Bordoloi, Tezpur University, India

Presentations from Industries: Vision, Opportunities, Initiatives and Challenges on Bio-based Economy

Chairperson: Dr D K Tuli, Executive Director, DBT-IOC Bioenergy Research Center, Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Faridabad

Presentation from the Industry
Mr Pasi Rousu, President, Chempolis, Finland

Presentation from the Industry
Mr Marakand Phadke, Senior Vice President, Innovations, Reliance Industries Limited

Presentation from the Industry
Mr Rajiv Agarwal, Manager R&D, DSM

Presentation from the Industry
Mr Peet Dr Bruijn, Director, De Bruijn Advies & Realisatie, The Nertherlands

Presentation from the Industry
Mr Pramod Kumbhar, Chief Technology Officer, Praj Matrix

Presentation from the Indistry
Mr. V. R. Palansamy Raju, CEO, Greening Globe

Presentation from the Industry
Ms. Sangeeta Srivastava, GM, Corporate R&D, Godavari, India

Comments from the chairperson and open discussion

Rapporteurs: Dr Piyush Joshi, TERI and Dr. Divya Srivastava, JNU

Panel discussion: Bio-economy: Myth to reality

Moderated by:
Kees Kwant, N L Agency, The Netherlands
Dominik Rutz, WIP Renewable Energies, Germany

Participants in the panel:
Dr R Sonde, Executive VP, Thermax, India
Dr Srinivas Rao, ICRISAT, India
Dr Peet de Bruijn Advice & Practice, The Netherlands
Dr Ludo Diels, VITO, Belgium
Mr. Ajay Singh Tyagi, New Delhi

Rapporteurs: Mr. G.K. Kedari, ARTI and Ms. Harshita Negi, GBPUAT

Wrap up and summarization of the day

Dr Robert Bakker, WUR, The Netherlands
Prof Neera Sarin, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi


4 February 2014

Stakeholders in the Bio based economy

Chairperson: Prof Indu Sekhar Thakur, Jawarharlal Nehru Univeristy, New Delhi

Biomass potential and feedstock availability in EU and India
Dr. Neeta Sharma, ENEA, Italy

Routes towards optimised plant biomass production for Bioeconomy
Dr. Heike Schneider, Institiute foe Bio- and Geosciences, Germany

Bio-refinery: a concept to reality
Dr Robert Baker, WUR, The Netherlands

Supply chain management of an Indian case study
Monish Ahuja, Bermaco Energy Limited, Maharashtra

Bio-economy: Perspective from Farmers’ context
Mr. Ajay Singh Tyagi, Secretary, CIFA India

Comments from the chairperson and open discussion

Rapporteurs: Ms Sofia Papadaki, NUTA, Greece and Ms Neon Bordoloi, Tezpur University, India

Bio-based economy: Funding, Financing and Policy perspectives

Chairperson: Prof. Lidia Szpyrkowicz, Embassy of Italy, New Delhi

Introduction to the concept and Views from European Commission
Dr Vivek Dham, Advisor – Research & Innovation, Delegation of the European Union to India

Initiatives from Indian funding agencies
Dr Sangita Kasture, Dept of Biotechnology, GOI

Policy interventions on bio based Economy: EU Perspective
Kees Kwant, Netherlands Enterprise Agency, The Netherlands

Comments from the chairperson followed by open discussion

Rapporteurs: Dr R Deshmukh, ARTI, Pune and Ms Ruprekha Saikia, Teszpur University, India

Emerging themes for bio-based economy

Chairperson: Prof. Vito Pignatelli, ITABIA and ENEA, Italy

Molecular interventions towards bio energy
Dr Shams Yazdani, DBT ICGEB center on Bioenergy, New Delhi

Future for crops, Food and Fibre
Dr Efi Alexopoulou, CRES, Greece

Forestry: a potential to enhance bio-based economy
Dr Sanjeev Chauhan, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana

Advances in Anaerobic digestion for waste valorization
Dr Jorge Rodriguez, University of Santiago de Compestella, Spain and Masdar Institute of Science and Technology Abu Dhabi.

Utilization of Contaminated Substrates for Boosting Bioeconomy, A Cascading Approach
Prof M N V Prasad, University of Hyderabad, AP.

Comments from the chairperson and open discussion

Rapporteurs: Dr Piyush Joshi. TERI, and Dr Divya Srivastava JNU, New Delhi

Wrap up and Valedictory session

Prof. Rajendra Prasad, JNU, New Delhi
Prof. Ashok Pandey, NIIST, Trivandrum
Dr Philippe de Taxis du Poet, European Commission
Dr Shailja Gupta, DBT

Summary of the event

Dr Priyangshu M Sarma, TERI 

SAHYOG Project Meeting and Stakeholder Meeting, New Delhi, India, 5-7 November 2012

Introductory Session

Welcome address
Dr Banwari Lal, Director, TERI

SAHYOG: project overview
Dr Neeta Sharma, Project Coordinator, SAHYOG

Introductory remarks
Dr. Philippe DE TAXIS DU POËT, Minister Counselor - Head of Science & Technology, Delegation of the European Union to India

Prof Rajendra Prasad
National Focal Point, Coordinator BIOCIRCLE, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Setting the theme
Dr Priyangshu M Sarma, Indian Coordinator, SAHYOG

Technical Session 1: Biomass availability for biotechnological processes

Biomass availability scenario in India: Gaps and challenges
Dr S Biswas, Advisor and Dr Nirmala Kaushik, Principal Scientific Officer, Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India

Forestry as a biomass resource in Indian context
Dr Sanjeev Chauhan, Associate Professor, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana

Biomass Sustainability: Present and Future challenges
Prof. Remigio Berruto and Dr Patrizia Busato, University of Turin, Italy

Moderator: Dr Rainer Janssen, WIP, Germany and Dr Rupam Kataky, Tezpur University, India

Technical Session 2: Bio-technological interventions for biomass/ bio-waste utilizations

Current biotechnological interventions for residue utilization from Indian perspective
Prof Ashok Pandey, National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Trivandram

Synthetic biology and Bio-energy: Developments in India
Dr Shams Yazdani, Group Leader, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology , New Delhi

Biotechnological interventions for bio-economy: European perspective
Dr Kathy Elst, VITO, Belgium

Research and Development for Bio based economy
Dr Sangita Kasture, Principal Scientific Officer, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, New Delhi

Moderator: Dr Kees Kwant, NL Agency, Netherlands and Dr Reeta Goel, GBPUAT, India

Technical Session 3: Ongoing Initiatives on biomass and bio-waste conversions towards bio-economy

Dr Srinivas Rao, International Crops Research for Semi-Arid Tropics, Hyderabad

Dr Reena Singh, Fellow, The Energy and Resources Institute, New Delhi

Dr V K Vijay, Professor, IIT, Delhi, India

Technology for smoke free briquettes from agriculture waste suitable for cottage industry
Dr S Rajendran, Assistant professor, Unit of rural Bio Technology, Saraswathi Narayanan College, MADURAI, INDIA

Moderator: Dr Venkat Mohan, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad and Dr Rob Bakker, Wageningen University, Netherlands

Technical Session 4: Bio-economy: an Industrial Perspective

Keynote lecture: Technological interventions for Bio-economy: Industry Perspective
Mr K Krishan, Chairman, Confederation of Indian Industry, Taskforce on Bioenergy and Chairman MPPPL Renewable Energy Limited

Dr Balu Sharma, President and CTO, Praj Industries, Pune
Dr Nitant Mate, Kriloskar Technologies Limited, Pune
Dr Pankaj Agarwal, Managing Director Panitek AG

Summary and recommendations

Dr Neeta Sharma, ENEA, Italy







Final SAHYOG Project Meeting
ENEA - EU Liaison Office, Rue de Namur 72, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
18-19 November 2014

Programme of Final SAHYOG Meeting


Strengthening networking on biomAss researcH and biowaste conversion – biotechnologY for EurOpe India inteGration
Neeta Sharma

Setting the theme
Carlo Terella

International cooperation in Horizon 2020
Florent Bernard

Biomass Inventories in India
Neera Bhalla Sarin

Biomass Inventories in Europe
Silvia Tabacchioni

Biobased Projects/programs Inventories EU-India
Kees Kwant

Bio-based economy integrated in waste management and possibilities to develop a joint-venture with India
Peet De Bruijn

Perennial Grasses in Biobase Economy
Efthymia Alexopoulou

Twinning of EU - India R&D projects and programmes
Robert Bakker

Short term exchange program in India
Piyush Joshi

Short-term exchange program in Europe
Laura de la Cruz

Communication and dissemination of SAHYOG activities
Dominik Rutz

Summer School in India
Rupam Kataki

Biomass Feedstocks and Bioenergy Potential in China
Capucine Dupont

JatroMed EU Project: Current status and results concerning Jatropha growth and adaptation in North African Countries
Eleni G. Papazoglou

Strategic Research Agenda supporting the roadmap
Reeta Goel

Strategic Research Agenda supporting the roadmap
Kees Kwant

SAHYOG upstream and downstream Roadmap
Kathy Elst

SAHYOG Strategies and Research recommendations
Venkata Mohan

Design, Build, Own & Operate Biobased Companies
Peet De Bruijn

South-South International Cooperation for Biobased Development–Manifesto of Mezzogiorno
Emmanuel Koukios

Neeta Sharma


Workshop Biomass and territory: Made in Italy experiences for the new international markets
Bologna Trade Fair - "Quadriportico" Hall, 10:30 - 13:00
12 November 2014

Workshop Programme


Final SAHYOG Conference and Brokerage Event on Bio-economy
Silver Oak, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi, India
3-4 February 2014

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The final SAHYOG Conference and Brokerage Event on Bio-economy is organized in New Delhi, India, on 3-4 February 2014. The conference is organised by SAHYOG in cooperation with TERI and the European Commission.   It takes place on the occasion of the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) on 6-8 February 2014. The DSDS, convened annually by the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), is an international gathering that facilitates a vital exchange of the ideas, knowledge, lessons and awareness needed for the sustainable development of India and the world.   Please find here the Draft Agenda of the conference.  



SAHYOG Mini-Symposium and Twinning Workshop
Utrecht, Netherlands
28-29 October 2013



In the MiniSymposium, specific views and insights on major drivers in biomass utilisation, valorisation in the international context, underlying policies and roadmaps, more sustainable use of biomass, industry’s role, public-private partnerships, and on major topics for collaboration were presented and discussed.

The MiniSymposium was followed by a Project Twinning Workshop. SAHYOG was tasked to bring together project coordinators and other lead partners from past and on-going projects as well as international networks and industry representatives from India and Europe in order to exploit synergies and thus build up a critical mass for future EU-India research collaboration in the Biomass and Biowaste valorisation area. The main objective of the SAHYOG Project Twinning workshop therefore is to bring together project- and programme leaders for increased networking and matchmaking, by reviewing a large set of on-going projects and (industry) initiatives from EU and India. In addition, workshop participants will identify major areas for collaboration through interaction and engaging in project twinning. The following activities are possible under SAHYOG project twinning: research cooperation and exchange of researchers, organisation of joint workshops/meetings; development of common trainings; common literature reviews; exchange of tools, analytical methods and databases; exchange of data, information, knowledge and material.

Workshop website


Workshop Summary


SAHYOG Stakeholder Workshop and Project Meeting
Copenhagen, Denmark
5-7 June 2013


The SAHYOG Stakeholder Workshop “EU – India Cooperation on Biomass and Bio-waste Research and Development” took place on 6 June 2013 on the occasion of the 21st European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, 3-7 June 2013 in Copenhagen. Furthermore, internal SAHYOG meetings were organised on 5 and 7 June 2013.
In the stakekolder workshop activities and findings of the SAHYOG project, specifically the current status of the SAHYOG Strategic Research Agenda, was discussed with international stakeholders. Furthermore, project participants from India presented an overview of current research and development initiatives in the field of biomass and bio-waste in India.

For more information click here.



SAHYOG Project Meeting and Stakeholder Meeting
New Delhi, India
5-7 November 2012

The first interim project meeting is organised by TERI and ENEA in New Delhi on 5-6 November 2012, followed by a public stakeholder meeting on 7 November 2012. In addition, SAHYOG partners may take the opportunity to join the EU India S&T cooperation day organised in the framework of the project New Indigo on 8-9 November in Hyderabad.

Agenda of stakeholder meeting

Presentations of the meeting

SAHYOG Expert’s meeting on “EU-India Cooperation on Biomass Production and Biowaste Conversion”
Bruges, Belgium
10 May 2012

This international meeting between SAHYOG partners and experts from Europe and India will be organised as a side event of the conference i-SUP 2012 - International Conference on Innovation and Sustainable Production, 6-9 May 1012, Bruges, Belgium. The attendance in this meeting is only by invitation.

The aim of this meeting is to discuss the templates being used for data collection for making the SAHYOG inventories of biomass/biowaste production and biomass research projects. Some preliminary results may also be presented. This will provide an opportunity to improve the methodology, identify missing links and streamline the inventorisation process in India and Europe.

Apart from the project partners, Experts have been invited from European and Indian funding agencies, industries, agriculture producers, logistics, experts from other biomass projects and existing international biomass networks.

SAHYOG Contact for Expert’s meeting

Agenda of 1st Expert's meeting

Presentations of 1st Expert's meeting

SAHYOG Kick-off and Steering Board Meeting
Brussels, Belgium
12-13 January 2012

In the Kick-off-meeting of the SAHYOG project at the ENEA – EU Liaison Office in Brussels the consortium fine-tuned the work programme of the upcoming 3 project years. The Kick-off-meeting was an internal meeting for the consortium only.

SAHYOG 1st Expert's meeting, 10 May 2012, Bruges, Belgium

The SAHYOG Project – Brief Description and Initial steps
Neeta Sharma, SAHYOG Coordinator

Biomass Inventories in India
Priyangshu Sarma/Neera Sarin, SAHYOG Coordinator (India)

Biomass Inventories SAHYOG (first steps towards the templates and methodology applied for Europe)
Silvia Tabacchioni/Neeta Sharma, ENEA, Italy

Energy from Agricultural Waste
Anand Karve, ARTI, India

Projects Inventories SAHYOG
Kees Kwant, SAHYOG Task leader WP2

Inventories in project ALCUE
Ivan Ingelbrecht, University Ghent, Belgium

Inventories in project CROPS 2 Industry
Ulrich Schurr, FZ Juelich, Germany

Biomass in Europe & India- BIOCORE experience
Michael O’Donohue, INRA, France

Biomass for energy and materials in Europe
Achim Raschka, Nova Institute, Germany

Methodology for inventarisation to address biomass use for food/fuel/materials: example Belgium
Nathalie Devriendt, VITO, Mol

Biomass assessment in Europe, Practices and Methods, inventory results
Vincenzo Motola, ENEA Research Centre/JRC, Italy

Biomass Availability and Applications - an industrial perspective
Henk Noorman, DSM

Challenges for Research and Development in biomass and biorefinery from an industrial point of view
Päivi Rousu, CHEMPOLIS, Finland

Transforming Cellulosic Feedstocks for Conversion into Biobased Chemicals
Arianna Giovannini, CHEMTEX (Mossi & Ghisolfi Group), Italy

Please contact the Project Coordinator for more information
Dr. Neeta Sharma
Phone +39 0835 974603/974424
Cell. +39 3334244380
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