Bioeconomy Stakeholder Conference - Challenges and Opportunities in the Transition to Bioeconomy
Bioeconomy can provide substantial benefits while addressing the key global environmental and socio-economic challenges that we are urged to act on over the years to come. It can address the international commitments on sustainable development goals and climate action (COP21 Paris Agreement) by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, diversifying energy sources and ensuring security of supply, in synergy with circular economy promoting alternative bio-based businesses and employment, all of which contributes to economic growth and social prosperity.
While providing these benefits, a future bioeconomy with growing demands on biomass may also generate severe negative impacts on the environment, as well as the socio-economic system, if it fails to ensure sustainable production, supply, consumption and re-use/cycling of biomass. Conversion of ecologically fragile and valuable lands to agriculture, possible CO2 emissions from such conversions, decreased soil quality, loss of biodiversity and food security are among the other potential negative impacts.
Lund University, with broad stakeholder engagement, has recently initiated a unique collaborative learning platform on bioeconomy – the BIOECONOMY inter/trans-disciplinary Graduate Research School – which adopts a systems thinking approach to identify and assess the full range of technological, economic, social and ecological challenges and opportunities in the transition to a circular bioeconomy.
The aim of this conference is to discuss these challenges and potentials for the transition to a circular bioeconomy together with invited local, regional, national and EU level stakeholder representatives from industry, academia, public organisations, NGOs, etc. across the whole biomass value chain.
In the morning, we will set the scene and introduce the audience to the broad field of bioeconomy. A broader definition of bioeconomy will be followed by what a truly sustainable bioeconomy entails. Highlights from the existing regional, national and EU level bioeconomy strategies and action plans will tell us where we are today.
9.00-9.15: Welcome and introduction to the day. Catarina Rolfsdotter-Jansson, moderator.
9.15-9.45: Advancing the transition to bioeconomy: A systems approach. Deniz Koca, Centre for environmental and climate research, Lund University.
9.45-10.15: Collaboration for a shift to circular and bio-based economy. Camilla Lehorst, Swedish Government Innovation partnership programme Circular and bio-based economy.
10.45-11.15: Regional development boosting bioeconomy. Mikael Stamming, Regional development Region Skåne
11.15-11.45: Challenges and opportunities for the bioeconomy in Europe: a policy perspective. Agnes Borg, European Bioeconomy Alliance
In the afternoon, we will listen to key stakeholder representatives from different sectors reflecting upon the opportunities, challenges and knowledge gaps along the value chain from raw material production and supply to processing, product development, market creation and consumption, as well as the role of innovation and governance for the transition to bioeconomy.
13.00-13.30: Unlocking the full potentials of the biomass: higher value from biorefining. Lene Lange, Technical University of Denmark
13.30-13.45: Opportunities and challenges of forest bioeconomy. Pekka Leskinen, Bioeconomy Programme of European Forest Institute
13.45-14.00 Opportunities and challenges with the transition from fossil to renewable in Arla Foods. Anna-Karin Modin-Edman, Sustainability manager Arla Foods
14.30-14.45: The emerging bio-economy in Europe: Exploring the key governance challenges. Kes McCormick, The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE), Lund University
14.45-15.00: Production of food feed and fiber - a challenge for a sustainable bioeconomy. Katarina Hedlund, Centre for environmental and climate research, Lund University
15.00-15.45: Panel discussion
From 16.00 to 18.00 you are welcome to join a Global Goals Café at the conference venue in Lund City Hall. There you can learn more about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and discuss with experts and organisations at seventeen tables, each representing one of the SDGs. The Global Goals Café is open for the public and for free. No signing up in advance is needed.
Later on this evening between 18.00 and 21.00 there will be the grand opening of the Sustainability Week in Lund 2017 with inspiring talks by researchers from the Raul Wallenberg Institute and Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), as well as arepresentative from the delegation for Sweden’s implementation of 2030 Agenda. Registration is needed for the grand opening and you can find more information on the programme and how to sign up here.
Organizers of this event
Lund University Sustainability Forum, Centre for Environmental and Climate Research at Lund University, BIOECONOMY Graduate Research School at Lund University and Region Skåne.
The event is part of Lund University 350th jubilee and one of five science weeks. Read more about the 350th jubilee