Resources, collaborators, and neighbors: The three-pronged challenge in the implementation of bioeconomy regions

Alberto Bezama*, Carlo Ingrao, Sinéad O'Keeffe, Daniela Thrän

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Abstract

Over the last decade, the bioeconomy has become increasingly important and visible in international policy agendas, with several strategies being recently developed. The implementation of bio-based technologies mostly takes place on a regional scale. Therefore, from a regional perspective, a key question revolves around what main challenges are associated with technological developments that could catalyze the implementation of sustainable bioeconomy regions. In this study, a cross-cutting analysis was carried out to determine these challenges. First, interviews were conducted with industry practitioners and scientists working in the bioeconomy field. These interviews were supplemented with a literature review to determine the status quo of bioeconomy strategies and their implementation, particularly on a regional level. A multidisciplinary workshop was then organized to identify the most relevant challenges in the short-and mid-term associated with establishing bioeconomy regions. The results show that there is a three-pronged challenge in innovative technological development from a regional perspective: (1) Resources: The establishment of sustainable regional feedstock strategies and supplies for supporting the bio-industrial sector; (2) collaborators: The establishment of a regional "critical mass" by fostering supply chain clusters and networks; and (3) neighbors: Understanding the local dynamics of societal trends and preferences and social acceptance of bio-technologies and their representative bio-based products.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7235
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Volume11
Issue number24
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Dec 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Bioeconomy
  • Innovation
  • Life cycle thinking
  • Regional bioeconomy
  • Regional management
  • Systems assessment
  • Technological assessment
  • Technological development

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