About: bioeconomy

Agrifood 23-10-2018

New EU bioeconomy strategy widens scope to solve more cycle problems

The European Commission's new strategy is seeking to create a sustainable bioeconomy and build a carbon-neutral future. Rather than just find a replacement for petroleum-based products, the strategy addresses broader cyclic challenges, including food and nutrition security.
Climate change 17-10-2018

EU bioeconomy strategy and IPCC – planets apart

The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) indicates that biofuels will need to rise 260% by 2030 and 750% by 2050 in order to contain global warming below 1.5°C. Yet, the EU Bioeconomy Strategy, published days after, seems to ignore this, writes James Cogan.
Energy 14-03-2018

RED II: Wood you believe Europe may turn its bio economy into ash?

State-supported funding schemes risk distorting raw material markets, pulling the plug on Europe’s bio economy ambitions, warns Sylvain Lhôte.
Economy & Jobs 08-03-2018

EU Bioeconomy 2.0– Cultivating a home grown success

Barely six years old, the EU’s Bioeonomy Strategy, currently under revision, is slowly but surely propagating green shoots of sustainable economic recovery in innumerable and unexpected ways, writes Joanna Dupont.
Agrifood 31-01-2018

Forest owners boss: ‘Sustainable forest management crucial to maintaining carbon cycle ‘

Sustainable forest management is vital to ensure that Europe meets its climate and energy goals. But over-regulating forest bioenergy would damage the sector’s economic performance and undermine its potential for climate change mitigation, Emma Berglund told EURACTIV in an interview.
Climate change 22-12-2017

Substantial bioenergy resources are available to tackle climate change

Claims that a "critical flaw" has been discovered in carbon accounting are somewhat exaggerated, and substantial bioenergy resources - subject to well-understood checks and balances- are available to tackle climate change, argue a group of scientists.
Energy 18-10-2017

‘Energy dash for biomass’ risks wasting potential of EU’s bioeconomy

By failing to take a holistic approach and treat the LULUCF and renewable energy dossiers as separate and distinct issues, the EU is slicing Europe’s bioeconomy up like a piece of salami, warns Sylvain Lhôte.
Agrifood 15-06-2017

LULUCF: Will the EU turn the tide on forest growth and torpedo its bioeconomy agenda?

The European Commission’s proposal for Land-Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) may well defeat its own purpose, writes Sylvain Lhôte.
Agrifood 16-05-2017

Bioenergy for rural development: An engine of growth for a rural renaissance

Emigration, unemployment, lack of services: these are among the many challenges faced by European rural areas.
Biofuels 24-02-2017

Loaded terms in the bioeconomy

The use of emotionally misleading terms needs to be avoided if we are to have efficient policies, writes Zoltán Szabó.
Climate change 24-11-2016

Commission official: ‘Bioeconomy is a unique opportunity to address societal challenges’

More and more member states are adopting bioeconomy plans and the EU is actively encouraging its Central and Eastern European partners to develop their own strategies. EURACTIV Slovakia talked to the Commission’s John Bell about the issue.
Agrifood 19-10-2016

Central Europe discovers the potential of bioeconomy

Today, bioeconomy is a necessity, said Slovak Minister of Agriculture Gabriela Matečná. Central and Eastern Europe is still lagging behind in its uptake, but the key to the transition may be in the regions. EURACTIV Slovakia reports.
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Agrifood 22-05-2015

Biomass will play a critical role in Europe’s energy future

Biomass is the only renewable, affordable energy source available on-demand. European countries need to make sure it is sourced sustainably, writes Philip Lowe.
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Climate change 12-05-2015

Europe quietly shelves forestry debate ahead of Paris climate talks

A delicate negotiation about how to account for forestry and land use emissions looms large over this year’s UN climate conference in Paris. The issue is potentially divisive within the EU, and threatens to unravel the bloc’s proclaimed leadership on climate change.
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Economy & Jobs 23-10-2013

European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Biobased Economy 2013

The European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Biobased Economy (EFIB) opened to a record delegation in Brussels at The Square.
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Agrifood 15-05-2013

BioBased Economy – Potential in the Land

Participants involved in pioneering the biobased economy share their experience, optimism and passion for biobased industrial development. Their stories demonstrate, first hand, the changes that are already happening across the biobased value chain, linking agriculture, industry, and consumers. Collectively, they illustrate the potential of the biobased economy to provide smarter, more sustainable, more inclusive solutions for Europe and for Europeans.

Industry chief: ‘In the long run, there is no alternative to bioplastics’

When fossil resources will have practically all been depleted, there will simply be no alternative to bioplastics, argues Hasso von Pogrell. But at the moment, they remain a niche market, despite the rapid increase in production of plant-based bottles.
Trade & Society 21-11-2012

EU leaders should see bio-based industries as fuel for recovery

The contribution of agriculture and the EU’s Horizon 2020 research strategy to green growth and job creation should feature high on the agenda when EU leaders discuss the long-term budget this week, argue Steen Riisgaard and Guido Ghisolfi.
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Brussels presents bio-economy plan

The European Commission on Monday unveiled its new so-called "bio-economy" strategy. The plan wants to see Europe's economy make a transition to a post-petroleum era. By investing in innovation and technology, Europe hopes to develop cleaner and more sustainable ways to exploit its natural resources while at the same time creating jobs and staying competitive.??In the EU, the bio-economy already has a turnover of nearly 2 trillion euros and employs more than 22 million people.

EU strategy seeks brisk development of bio-economy

With warnings that Europe is “too slow and too piecemeal” in developing a sustainable economy, the EU executive has unveiled plans to encourage development of the ‘bio-economy’ through investment and innovation.

EU bio-economy plans to rely on productive farmers

Facilitating access to renewable feedstocks will be a test of how serious Europe is in promoting the bio-based economy, according to Nathalie Moll, secretary-general of EuropaBio. The EU biotech industry chief spoke to EURACTIV in an interview.
Agrifood 03-11-2010

Biotech chief: EU farm policy needs to feed the bio-economy

The EU's future agricultural policy needs to facilitate access to renewable feedstocks for the bio-industry if Europe is serious about increasing its bio-based economy, Nathalie Moll, secretary-general of EuropaBio, told EURACTIV in an interview.

Bio-economy poses new competitiveness challenges to Europe

European companies are taking up the challenge of developing a bio-based economy that could reduce dependence on imported oil, but further political commitment and support will be required to keep up with the US, they say.