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Hijacking the Bioeconomy

The concept of bioeconomy is not entirely new. The mathematician, statistician and economist, Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen used the term bioeconomy already in the 1970s and 1980s to refer to a radical ecological perspective on economics. Described by fellow academics as “a man who lived well ahead of his time”, Georgescu-Roegen is widely acknowledged as a paradigm … Continue reading Hijacking the Bioeconomy

Exploring the Bioeconomy Market in Germany

One of the major challenges of transitioning to a sustainable bioeconomy, is the establishment of a viable and profitable bio-based market. Whether at the EU or national level, much work remains to be done in this direction. Yet before we start focusing on “how” to get the bioeconomy market going, we first need to understand … Continue reading Exploring the Bioeconomy Market in Germany

Wooden buildings are making a comeback in southern Germany

Wooden buildings are currently making a comeback in southern Germany. The construction sector is buzzing with new ideas for creative new constructions. Architects and homebuyers are getting excited about building in wood, and the possibilities seem limitless. In the German federal state of Baden-Württemberg alone, wood construction has surpassed 30% in recent years. And this … Continue reading Wooden buildings are making a comeback in southern Germany

The National Swedish Forest Program is out and it’s all about bioeconomy

- An interview with Johanna Johansson- On May 18, the Swedish parliament briefly announced a press conference gathering. To everybody’s surprise, it presented the first National Forest Program (NFP), a long awaited document outlining the Swedish government’s ambitions and vision for forest management until the year 2030. This comprehensive program addresses topics ranging from climate … Continue reading The National Swedish Forest Program is out and it’s all about bioeconomy

Where is the bioeconomy project heading?

In a recent study published in the journal of Forest Policy and Economics I interviewed  10 of the most central actors of the bioeconomy network in Germany. This study is a follow up of a previous network mapping exercise we did last year which allowed us to identify some 30 central organisations for Germany's WBN. "Central" means that … Continue reading Where is the bioeconomy project heading?

We talked to Bioeconomy policy experts. Here’s what we found out

By Alex Giurca and Sebastian Weickert Our graduate school organized an excursion to Berlin in order to visit bioeconomy policy experts. Each of the experts were kind enough to make time for us and discuss their understanding and expectations of the bioeconomy in Germany. We visited a diverse mix of stakeholders such as the Federal … Continue reading We talked to Bioeconomy policy experts. Here’s what we found out

The Bioeconomy Menu

- An interview with Martin Reich – Increasing population, depleting resources, environmental degradation, and climate change are some of the major challenges to our current (fossil-based) economy. The bioeconomy has emerged as a concept that promises to tackle these issues. To date, most of the proposed solutions to these global challenges have mainly focused on … Continue reading The Bioeconomy Menu