UFZ EnergyDays 2016 - Session A2

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Bioeconomy workshop –

Future trade-offs between alternative biomass resources

Coordinator and chairperson: Alberto Bezama


The goal of transforming society in an equal, post fossil carbon society is currently streamlined through several structural, technological and societal initiatives at global and national scales. Sustainable development goals and thus the corresponding bioeconomy concepts currently being developed and/or implemented worldwide provide the basis for the establishment of national and local roadmaps for maximizing the use of the available biomass resources from a strategic perspective, considering the specific characteristics of the regions. However, the implications of such strategies in relation to regional development are still largely unclear. The first step to determine the potential socio-economic and environmental implications of implementing the bioeconomy concept is through the identification of potential trade-offs between different alternative biomass uses.

This workshop intends to begin a dialogue which helps to identify what the potential trade-offs could be between different biomass uses. Additionally as such tradeoffs are predicted to occur at local and regional levels, understanding potential impacts at this scale will also be a key thread to the proposed dialogue.


09:00 - 09:15 Presentation:
AFASYS (Agrar-Forst-Aquatische-Systeme der Zukunft; vision of a sustainable agricultural system)

Romann Glowacki (Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum - DBFZ)
09:15 - 09:30 Flash presentations:
Opportunities and challenges for the implementation of a sustainable agricultural system within the framework of the bioeconomy strategy
- Carlo Ingrao (University of Foggia)
- Sinéad O’Keeffe (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ)
- Karin Frank (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ)
09:30 - 10:30 Discussion groups:
Key concepts of the future agricultural systems in relationship with the actual and future demand of the bio-based industrial sector
10:30 - 11:00 Plenary session:
Analysis and conclusions out of the discussion groups