Special Issue "Sustainable Bioeconomy"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2020).
Interests: circular bioeconomy; systems analysis; modeling of complex and dynamics systems; sustainability science; stakeholder facilitation; transdisciplinary research
Bioeconomy ensures substantial environmental and socio-economic benefits while addressing the key global challenges that we are urged to act on over the years to come. It can address the international commitments on SDGs and Climate action (COP21 Paris Agreement) by, for example:
- reducing the use of fossil based raw material and associated GHG emissions;
- replacing non-degradable resources with degradable ones;
- diversifying energy sources and ensuring security of supply;
- increasing the multifunctionality and scope of the agricultural and forestry sectors, and unlocking the potential of seas and oceans;
- improving the manufacturing processes, and making the side/waste streams available to develop alternative and value-added bio based products and businesses;
- increasing employment and stimulating regional development, which contributes to economic growth and social prosperity.
With growing demand on biomass, however, a failure in the planning and the governance of the transition to a future bioeconomy may generate severe negative impacts on the environment and the socio-economic system. Among others:
- conversion of ecologically fragile and valuable lands to agriculture may lead to land grabbing and possible CO2 emissions from such conversions;
- intensification of production in agriculture and forestry may lead to depleted and contaminated water resources, loss of biodiversity, and decreased soil quality;
- alternative use of biomass may result in higher food prices and jeopardize food security.
The aim of this Special Issue is to gather cutting edge studies addressing a range of environmental, economical, social, technological, political and/or legal aspects of sustainability, which are crucial to shape a truly sustainable future bioeconomy.
Dr. Deniz Koca
Manuscript Submission Information
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- sustainable biomass production (from forestry, agriculture, marine, and waste/side streams)
- biomass processing technologies
- food and feed, biobased products and bio-fuel/energy
- sustainable consumption
- transition to bioeconomy
- circular bioeconomy
- industrial symbiosis
- legal frameworks
- integrated policies
- systems approach
- bioeconomy indicators