Rapid urbanisation is bringing many challenges, both for humans and the environment. Urban forests can provide a simple yet extremely effective solution. However, while the benefits of urban forests are being increasingly recognised, the road to their realisation is still full of obstacles. With the aim to better understand these challenges, Uforest – a project co-funded by the European Commission – has conducted a study on different urban forestry projects around Europe.
This report has three primary aims. Firstly, to review and synthesise the existing scientific literature on mitigation potential provided by forest-based activities in the EU-27, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom (UK) while also providing a country-level breakdown. Secondly, to review the impacts of climate change on forest ecosystems, forestry activities, forest industries and forest-product markets. Thirdly, to review which policies and tools are available to stimulate carbon storage.
This study presents scenarios on how demand and supply for biobased chemicals and materials could grow to 2030, and provides roadmaps with actions required to increase the deployment of chemical and material driven biorefineries in the EU. The study also presents the key elements of the analysis which have supported the preparation of the scenarios and roadmaps.
This edited open access volume explores the role of forest bioeconomy in addressing climate change. The authors put a particular focus on planetary boundaries and how the linear, growth-oriented economy, is coupled with climate change and environmental degradation. Biobased products and sustainable production paths have been developed, but how can they be scaled in order to lead to an economic paradigm shift? This and other questions are discussed throughout the volume.
This publication is intended to assist stakeholders in the forestry sector to successfully navigate the transition to a forest sector that is fully engaged in the green economy. New and increasing opportunities for providing forest-based services and products, growing business and revenue as well as creating jobs arise from this transition. Application of the guidelines will assist in ensuring that the forestry workforce is fit for purpose and forestry is able to attract workers in the 21st century’s labour markets.
The report outlines the state of play of the European Bioeconomy and assess the progress in the implementation of the 2018 EU Bioeconomy Strategy and its Action Plan. Identifies the gaps and future opportunities of the bioeconomy policy, in light of recent policy developments under the European Green Deal.
This Handbook contains information resources and step-by-step processes to help and align local stakeholders’ efforts around reducing embodied carbon emissions in buildings, understand and explore circular practices, and influence changes in the supply chain towards bio-based materials, such as timber – which are more sustainable than the current use of concrete and steel.
The Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission’s science and knowledge service, has published this year the Technical report Estimating employment and value added in the bioeconomy of EU regions, which provides a methodological proposal to estimate employment and value-added of the bioeconomy sectors at the NUTS2 (regional) level in the EU.
This publication is the final report of a study aiming to map and analyse the deployment of strategies related to the bioeconomy at regional level in the EU-27. The findings show that 28 regions have fully dedicated bioeconomy strategies, 62 regions have strategic frameworks with a strong bioeconomy focus, and 94 regions have strategies with minimum bioeconomy content.
Understanding Consumer Perspectives of Bio-Based Products- A Comparative Case Study from Ireland and The Netherlands
The bioeconomy can support Europe’s transition to a low-carbon economy and help to meet key international, European and member state sustainability targets through the provision of bio-based products and energy derived from sustainably sourced biomass. A successful implementation of a bio-based economy in Europe will, however, require a profound transformation of our production and consumption patterns.
Consumer Perspectives on Bio-Based Products and Brands—A Regional Finnish Social Study with Future Consumers
This article presents a Finnish social design study that focuses on consumer perspectives and future expectations related to bio-based products and brands. The study addresses the global concern associated with sustainability of the bioeconomy. Because a gap in research was identified from the regional consumer perspective, the article presents a case study held with 50 consumers in Finland.
The demand for wood has increased in recent years due to new technical possibilities and environmental concerns. This paper provides an analysis of the factors that affect the use of wood in the construction sector, and an assessment of their importance in individual countries and for groups of stakeholders.