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
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?
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
This is one of the burning questions I've had ever since the beginning of this project: to figure out who are the main stakeholders driving the bioeconomy development in Germany and beyond. I'm not talking about individuals, but about organizations, institutional players who have the capacity and power to shape the trajectory of the bioeconomy … Continue reading Who’s driving the bioeconomy…and why?
A recent analysis published by the German Bioeconomy Council (Bioökonomierat) attempts to analyse the current situations of wood resources under Germany's bioeconomy. The paper is now subject to an open public review process, accompanied by expert reviews. The Bioeconomy Council welcomes comments and feedback by September 2nd 2016. Read the paper HERE
Sustainable development is highlighted in different national bioeconomy strategies as the overarching goal of the shift towards bioeconomy. In fact, in many of these strategies, bioeconomy is partly already renamed to “sustainable economy". However, it is important to understand that bioeconomy in itself cannot be considered as "self-evidently sustainable". Even more so, visions about the relationship … Continue reading Environmental Concerns in the Bioeconomy Discourse
Corn plantation landscape around Freiburg area. Photo: Alex Giurca This new opinion article published in Profil by Robert Prazak (article in German) takes a critical stand on the bioeconomy concept, asking if it’s really not just another new form of business making. With Austria close to completing its national bioeconomy strategy next year, the Austrians … Continue reading Bioeconomy: a new form of business making? Views from Austria