Climate policy and forest bioeconomy


Watch the recording of our ThinkForest seminar on climate policy and forest bioeconomy which took place on 4 December in Brussels.

This ThinkForest event aims to provide a better science-policy understanding of the path towards reaching the Paris Agreement and how it is connected to the bioeconomy development of the future. It will also see the launch of EFI's science-policy report on the substitution effects of wood-based products in climate change mitigation.

On 3-14 December 2018, the COP24 meeting takes place in Poland. It is especially important since it should agree on Guidelines as to how the Paris Agreement will be implemented across a wide range of issues including transparency, adaptation, emission reductions, provision of finance, capacity-building and technology.

In autumn 2018, the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C will be published. It will give a new scientific assessment of how we are doing in reaching the Paris Agreement, and most likely, what should be done to speed up the process. On the other hand, on 22 October 2018, the updated EU Bioeconomy Strategy will be released, indicating the strategic actions needed to boost bioeconomy development.

But how are these climate targets and policies related to bioeconomy development in the future? How can the forest bioeconomy best support the achievement of the Paris Agreement? What does the recent science evidence say about the mitigation impacts of substituting wood-based products for fossil based products? These are some of the questions that this ThinkForest seminar will address.

Our ThinkForest seminar is chaired by Göran Persson, ThinkForest president.
Speakers include:

  • Artur Runge-Metzger, Director, DG Clima, European Commission
  • Elmar Kriegler, Vice Chair of Sustainable Solutions Research Domain, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
  • Dirk Carrez, Executive Director, Bio-based Industries Consortium
  • Katharina Knapton-Vierlich, Head of Unit (acting), Public Procurement Strategy, DG Growth, European Commission
  • Christine Lang, Chair, German Bioeconomy Council
  • Linda Rosén, CEO, Lindbäcks Group
  • Daniel Zimmer, Director of Sustainable Land-use, Climate-KIC


View the programme and speakers

Watch the recording on our YouTube channel

You may also be interested in the Koli Forum's seminar on 'Climate Smart Forestry in practice' in Brussels on 3 December. More information