Does the bioeconomy care about the environment?

A growing number of scientific publications have criticized the bioeconomy concept for being too vague on environmental issues.  Most of these studies found that although bioeconomy strives towards sustainable development , economic aspects are clearly dominant, whereas social and environmental considerations take a backseat. Our most recent contribution joins this debate and discusses the issue…

Bioeconomy and ecosystem services – synergy or conflict?

This was the title of the  Final Conference of COST Action FP1207  Orchestrating forest-related policy analysis in Europe (ORCHESTRA) held between 5-6 September 2016 at the Université catholique de Louvain in the beautiful town of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. (UCL Library in Louvain la Neuve, a beautiful little town with very interesting architecture and intriguing history.  Find out more…

Swedish Forests in a Bioeconomy: Green Future or Greenwash?

This is the thought provoking question that my colleague Daniel Hodge is trying to answer in his recently published Master thesis. For this, he took a closer look at the Swedish forest sector and the recent discussions around bioeconomy. Bioeconomy is currently a “hot topic” in Sweden, considering the country’s favorable position for transitioning towards a…

Environmental Concerns in the Bioeconomy Discourse

Sustainable development is highlighted in different national bioeconomy strategies as the overarching goal of the shift towards bioeconomy. In fact, in many of these strategies, bioeconomy is partly already renamed to “sustainable economy”. However, it is important to understand that bioeconomy in itself cannot be considered as “self-evidently sustainable”. Even more so,  visions about the relationship…