ESOF Session Bioéconomy

Can Horizon Europe deliver the Bioeconomy to European citizens ?  

 

To achieve sustainable development, it is widely recognized that there is a need to replace the current petroleum-based economic paradigm, by an alternative one that uses biological resources resulting. from photosynthesis as raw material for food, energy and non-food biobased products. The name coined for this new paradigm, which englobes agriculture, forestry, and a wide range of manufacturing activities and involves ensuring food security and managing natural resources while sustaining economic growth and the well-being of populations, is the Bioeconomy. The preparation FP9 is a great opportunity to explore where the focus nneds to be placed. For example, the most recent developments in bioeconomy thinking have identified the essential role of territories. This is the source of new questions related to the organization of local economies, the interaction between local and global scales and the development of non-linear value chains. Typically, the issue of identifying efficient energy and/or food systems based on an optimal use of biomass resources is simultaneously addressed by several fields (system modeling and applied maths, food processing, economics).  These will not only act as testbeds for technology, but also provide real cases that will assess social acceptability and promote citizen buy-in. An other example : to create a 'sustainable by design' bioeconomy, resource-efficient approaches must be developed, promoting for example the conservation of water and energy, and the smart use of organic carbon. These necessarily imply the modification of current bioresource production practices and the removal of the frontiers that exist between conventional food and non-food value chains. These impacts will in turn create new technical and socioeconomic challenges that must be addressed.... This session is dedicaded to explore these new challenges and to figure out how FP 9 can be used to deliver the bioeconomy to European citizens.  

 


Submitted by Isabelle ALBOUY - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique

Speakers :
Jussi MANNINEN - VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland LtdDirk CARREZ - BICChristine CHERBUT - INRAJohn BELL - European CommissionMonique AXELOS - INRAMonnet FRANÇOIS - Solvay - Association Chimie du végétal

 

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