A European strategy for bio-economy should take the structural differences of different member states into account while also promoting and reinforcing a common vision for the sector, write Carina Håkansson and Mårten Larsson.
"Climate change is the biggest challenge of our time. To mitigate the wide ranging negative effects of rising temperatures we need to change our ways of living, mainly shifting from a fossil dependent to a fossil free society.
In practice, it's about making climate friendly choices regarding housing, packaging, traveling, clothing and much more. A responsible management of our precious planet's resources, by replacing non-renewable commodities with renewables, is crucial.
Trees are just that: green and renewable, providing an essential contribution to the circular bio-economy. In a circular economy the value of products, materials and resources is maintained for as long as possible, and the generation of waste minimised."
The circular bio-economy is about the application of this concept to biological resources, products and materials.
The ongoing review of the EU Bio-economy strategy is vital for further sustainable growth. Mainstreaming its role across all relevant policy areas will contribute to meet a number of critical environmental, economic and societal challenges..." Read more