Bioökonomie 2050: Potentiale, Zielkonflikte, Lösungsstrategien - BEPASO

The transformation of our current fossil-based economy towards a more sustainable bio-based economy requires broad social acceptance. In order to successfully implement the German government's bio-economy strategy, potential conflicts of interest must be identified and proposed solutions developed for interest groups and the general public.

The bioeconomy encompasses all economic sectors that produce, process, use and trade in renewable raw materials. The research project aims at describing different scenarios of a change of our current economy towards a sustainable "Bioeconomy 2050" and to show socially accepted transformation processes. (Political) responsibilities, options for action and steering elements will be identified.

In the project, UFZ optimizes biomass use in Germany by 2050 for electricity, heat, transport and chemicals with regard to both costs and greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction and analyses the trade offs between costs and GHG reduction. In the project the model BENSIM (BioEnergy SImulation Model) will be extended by selected biobased chemicals.

Project duration
December 2016 - November 2019

Funded by
Funding program „Bioökonomie als gesellschaftlicher Wandel“, Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF).

Project partner
Thünen-Institut für Marktanalyse
Thünen-Institut für internationale Waldwirtschaft und Forstökonomie
Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum (DBFZ gGmbH)
Center for Environmental Systems Research (CESR)
nova-Institut GmbH

Team at UFZ
Daniela Thrän
Frazer Musonda
Markus Millinger

Model at UFZ
  BENSIM