To cope with a growing global population, depletion of resources, increasing environmental pressures and climate change, Europe needs to change its approach to the production and use of biological resources.
The bioeconomy covers the production of sustainable biological resource and their conversion (with waste streams) into value-added products such as food, feed, biobased products and bioenergy.We need to develop and implement an advanced European bioeconomy that can enable smart and green growth in Europe, but that is also a low-carbon economy. Building a sustainable bioeconomy will also contribute to the Europe 2020 flagship initiatives ‘Innovation Union’ and ‘A Resource Efficient Europe’.
Research and innovation actions are needed to help achieve rapid and sustained changes in lifestyle and to cut resource use across all levels of society and the economy.
One of the most important roles of sustainable chemistry is to enhance biomass yield and ensuring food security globally through advanced agricultural fertilizers and other solutions. Boosting biomass will lead to the more widespread use and integration of biobased and waste-based raw materials and products in industrial value chains that do not compromise food security, in Europe or elsewhere. Significant economic growth and new skilled jobs will arise from the implementation of a sustainable bioeconomy in Europe.
Sustainable chemistry is a key enabler of a bioeconomy that makes the most of our natural, renewable resources and provides jobs and growth. To find out more on SusChem’s role in developing sustainable biotechnological processes and biobased materials and how it relates to Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges and the UN Sustainable Development Goals click on a sector below!