EC launches updated bioeconomy strategy

An updated Bioeconomy Strategy was published by the European Commission on 11 October. "A sustainable bioeconomy for Europe: strengthening the connection between economy, society and the environment" aims to accelerate the deployment of a sustainable European bioeconomy.

EFI Director Marc Palahí said: "I believe that it’s a very good document, well balanced and with a transformative vision and strategic framework for action. It is important that now it clearly connects to the Circular Economy and also reflects on recent key developments like the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, I am very happy to see that key forest based opportunities are explicitly identified, but especially that you perceive a “forest way of thinking” along the document as the sustainability of the bioeconomy is framed within the ecological boundaries of our ecosystems and biodiversity and ecosystem services become central to its development."

Read more reflections from Marc in an interview with Il Bioeconomista:

Further reading

Several EFI science-policy publications were referenced in the updated Bioeconomy Strategy:

From Science to Policy 5: Leading the way to a European circular bioeconomy strategy 
Lauri Hetemäki, Marc Hanewinkel, Bart Muys, Markku Ollikainen, Marc Palahí and Antoni Trasobares
with a foreword by Esko Aho, Cristina Narbona Ruiz, Göran Persson and Janez Potočnik

What Science Can Tell Us 8: Towards a sustainable European forest-based bioeconomy – assessment and the way forward
Georg Winkel (editor)

How can wood construction reduce environmental degradation?
Elias Hurmekoski