Introducing Catalonia’s technical dossier on bioeconomy #127

Are you aware of the transformative potential of a circular bioeconomy in Catalonia? Then check this recent report: “ Towards a circular bioeconomy for Catalonia (Cap a una bioeconomia circular a Catalunya in Catalan),” is the 127th issue of the report series published in March 2024 by the Department of Climate Action, Food and Rural Agenda of the Catalan Government. The document outlines the strategy to shift towards a sustainable and circular bioeconomy by 2030.

This approach aims to revitalise the local economy, enhance environmental resilience, and promote equitable territorial development. For instance, Catalonia’s bioeconomy strategy 2021–2030 (EBC2030) emphasises using local renewable biological resources to produce goods and services across all economic sectors.

Catalonia’s technical dossier on bioeconomy objectives

  • The bioeconomy sector is already of significant relevance in Catalonia. The goal is to decarbonise Catalonia’s economy, making it more sustainable, circular, inclusive, and resilient while creating business opportunities, for example, in the primary sector. The content of this technical dossier are
  • The political and social context of Catalonia’s bioeconomy
  • Improved forest management and the use of forest resources.
  • Creation of resilient agroforestry landscapes and sustainable provision of ecosystem services.
  • Development of innovative uses for livestock manure and other organic waste.
  • Improved use of co-products and by-products from the food chain.
  • The role of Catalonia’s new bioeconomy Hub: the Biohub CAT
Catalonia’s bioeconomy strategy factsheet.

Moving forward

There’s a need for systemic approaches and new governance forms that link public policies with territorial challenges and needs, fostering experimentation and learning. In addition, citizens should also play a role by adopting new lifestyle and consumption models to support the transformation towards a bioeconomy.

Read the full technical dossier (in Catalan) to learn more about the government’s strategies and actions.

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Towards a Circular Bioeconomy in Catalonia

The technical dossier Towards a Circular Bioeconomy in Catalonia (Cap a una bioeconomia circular a Catalunya) #127 focuses on the strategic framework, action plans, and collaborative efforts required to harness Catalonia’s biological resources and waste products, fostering innovation and knowledge transfer to meet the challenges of climate change, rural depopulation, and biodiversity loss.

The region aims to promote sustainable development in Catalonia through the enhancement of biological resource production and renewable processes. The technical dossier covers the following:

  • Catalonia’s Bioeconomy Strategy 2030 (read more)
  • Improvement of forest management and utilisation of Catalonia’s forest resources
  • Creation of resilient agroforestry landscapes and sustainable provision of ecosystem services in Catalonia
  • Valorisation of livestock manure and organic waste
  • Utilisation and valorisation of co-products and by-products of the food chain
  • Bioeconomy and resilience
  • The Biohub CAT: the hub of Catalonia’s bioeconomy
  • A favourable political context in a challenging social environment for Catalonia’s bioeconomy
  • Talking with Christian Patermann

Content: Cap a una bioeconomia circular a Catalunya (Towards a Circular Bioeconomy in Catalonia)

Publisher: Technical Cabinet of the Ministry of Climate Action, Food and Rural Agenda of the Catalan government

Year: Technical dossier #127, March 2024