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Title (Primary) The knowledge-based bioeconomy and its impact in our working field
Author Thrän, D.; Bezama, A.;
Journal Waste Management & Research
Year 2017
Department BIOENERGIE;
Volume 35
Issue 7
Language englisch;
POF III (all) Y11;
UFZ wide themes RU6;
Abstract

In recent years, there has been a great deal of discussion about the vision of the bieoconomy at regional, national and international levels. This discussion has involved many in the scientific community, including Waste Management & Research, which has published several editorials and original manuscripts on this subject.

This increasing attention to the bioeconomy stems from growing global interest in major energy and materials transition processes, such as circular economy and the energy transition, among others. The term energy transition relates to the envisaged change in the structures of national energy systems, not only in terms of an increased share of renewable resources, but also through the introduction of energy-saving measures and decentralised energy generation networks that allow an overall enhancement of the overall system’s efficiency. One common point of all these processes is their aim to attain sustainable use of the Earth’s finite resources.

In the bioeconomy field, the challenge is, therefore, to find room for the next wave of innovations that can boost technologies, products and services out of the available purpose-grown and waste-sourced biomass to support the establishment of a more sustainable society. This challenge is a particularly tricky one, considering that although the term ‘bioeconomy’ is relatively new, the basis of the bioeconomy is already in place, and it is formed by the already existing, traditional industries and sectors, such as (among others) agricultural and forestry sectors, as well as the food processing and pulp and paper industries.

However, the bioeconomy field is not limited to the traditional raw materials (e.g. wood or agricultural residues). It includes also new promising raw materials, such as bacteria and fungi. The goal of introducing them is clear: To diversify the feedstock basis for the bioeconomy and thus to establish an overall production system that is far superior to today’s and is at the same time sustainable.

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Persistent UFZ Identifier https://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=20939&ufzPublicationIdentifier=19014
Thrän, D., Bezama, A. (2017):
The knowledge-based bioeconomy and its impact in our working field
Waste Manage. Res. 35 (7), 689 - 690