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…

Inside the World Bioeconomy

“Inside the World Bioeconomy” is the title of the first book that deals with the bioeconomy on a more extended and detailed basis.  It describes bioeconomy as a new  “industrial and economic revolution” that builds upon biological resources. The author has made a series of  interviews with some of the main world players in the field such as big…

How sustainable will biomass production be under the bioeconomy?

I just came across this very interesting article from Roeland Bosch, Mattheüs van de Pol and Jim Philp, published in the International Weekly Journal of Science Nature.  The authors consider that the future of the bioeconomy requires global sustainability metrics and the creation of a dispute resolution center. They emphasize what we’ve all been already suspecting, namely that world governments…