Research Group System Analysis of the BioEconomy (SABE)
The goal of a “bioeconomy” is to use available biological resources more effectively by innovative methods, in order to advance the transition from an economy mainly using fossil-based raw materials to an economy based on the efficient and sustainable integration of various renewable resources (e.g. wind, water, solar, biomass). Under the scope of the bioeconomy, the efficient and sustainable use of biomass resources focuses on interdisciplinary research between agriculture, food and technology for the efficient coupling of biological and chemical synthesis processes for the production of energy and raw materials, with a particular focus on raw materials (e.g. plastics or petroleum substitutes). However, the increasing demands on biomass and land will require appropriate assessments in order to support well informed decision making and planning, both at regional (where biomass resources occur) and national (where major policies are decided), to ensure the most efficient and sustainable use of biomass resources, as well as to promote synergies with other renewable resources.
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