Roadmap “Circular bioeconomy for Germany”

Fraunhofer researchers present a bioeconomy roadmap for resources conservation, climate protection, and food security

Climate change, over-consumption of resources, international dependency on the supply of raw materials and an increasing  global population are major challenges for politics, industry and society. To address these ongoing crises, raw materials must undergo a similar transition to those in energy and agriculture. In addition, resilient systems must be established to ensure the security of supply in Germany. A key factor in this process is the circular bioeconomy, which is based on the circular economy and the use of renewable raw materials instead of non-renewables. Researchers at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft are highlighting the scientific and technological potential of the bioeconomy in their roadmap “Circular bioeconomy for Germany”. The roadmap includes recommended actions to be taken at a political level to help accelerate the market ramp-up of bio-based products and technologies, and to address social and ecological challenges.

Content: Roadmap “Circular bioeconomy for Germany”: A roadmap by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft for implementing the bioeconomy in Germany

Publisher: Fraunhofer

Authors: Jens Buller Robert Daschner, Lena Grimm, Michael Hofer, Bärbel Hüsing, Julia Krayer, Robert Miehe, Elke Präg, Esther Stahl, Andreas Stäbler, Anna-Katharina Stumpf, Lina Vieres, Bert Volkert and Sven Wydra

Critical review on a sustainable circular bio-economy for the forestry sector

Environmental, social, and economic dimensions of sustainable development must be considered to address global challenges in using bio-based resources. System thinking is the foundation of a sustainable circular bio-economy. The forestry sector is needed to (i) enable biomass use in a series and (ii) manage conflicts over the various forest demands.

A transition towards a sustainable circular bioeconomy can bring many potential benefits. For example, resource value retention strategies, enabling wood use in multi-stage cascades, can secure jobs, resource supply, and healthy ecosystems. The biggest hindrance to action so far is the not well-thought-out path. Therefore, this report ends with a guide to start discussions, across the forestry sector, on all practicalities and consequences of a transition.

Content: Critical review on a sustainable circular bio-economy for the forestry sector

Author(s): Nele Schmitz, Andreas Krause, Jan Lüdtke

Year: 2023

Language: English, Germany