Post Term: BIOMONITOR

Framework for measuring the size and development of the bioeconomy

Framework for measuring the size and development of the bioeconomy

This deliverable develops a conceptual analysis framework for quantifying and analysing the development of the EU bioeconomy in the BioMonitor project. This includes defining the scope of the bioeconomy to be considered within the BioMonitor project in terms of sectors and products involved, geographical coverage, time period, as well as the focus topics. The EC’s 2018 Bioeconomy Strategy Update recently confirmed that the bioeconomy is high on the political agenda and includes three main action areas, namely 1. Strengthening and scaling-up the bio-based sectors, unlocking investments and markets; 2. Deploying local bioeconomies rapidly across Europe; 3. Understanding the ecological boundaries of the bioeconomy. These action areas constitute an important guidance for how the scope or contents of the monitoring and measuring framework of BioMonitor must look like.

The ‘bioeconomy’ has several related terms, such as ‘bio-based economy’, ‘green economy’ and ‘circular economy’. There are clear synergies between especially the bioeconomy and circular economy concepts, such as cascading use of biomass. Factors have been determined to understand what the development of the bioeconomy drives. Knowing these driving forces provides important information for monitoring activities. The sectors covering the bioeconomy have been identified as well as a set of indicators that are going to be quantified and monitored. In our framework measuring developments will in particular focus on the bio-based sectors, because the traditional part of the bioeconomy can already be monitored. The selected indicators commit to the EU Bioeconomy Strategy objectives and are conform with findings from previous studies and stakeholder consultations. Additionally, a several new indicators have been suggested. They are related to measuring the impact of changes in supply, demand drivers, resource availability and policies on sustainability goals.

The EU BioEconomy Contribution to Sustainable Development – Measuring the Impact

The EU BioEconomy Contribution to Sustainable Development – Measuring the Impact

Developing a bioeconomy can make a significant contribution averting the ongoing climate crisis and to achieve sustainable development. The BioMonitor project develops and tests a monitoring and measuring framework for the EU bioeconomy. This policy brief outlines a framework for measuring the size and development of the bioeconomy. This framework considers drivers, impacts and results that depict the development of the bioeconomy. Moreover, it presents the sectors that cover the bioeconomy and includes the indicators for monitoring and measuring development. The development of new indicators concentrates on a) those describing sectors that are part of the bio-based economy and b) those describing public and private initiatives to advance the sustainable and circular bioeconomy.

D7.2 – First Stakeholder Workshop

D7.2 – First Stakeholder Workshop

The first stakeholder workshop of the BioMonitor Project took place on October 23rd, 2018, at the CEN-CENELEC Meeting Centre Brussels, from 9:00 to 12:30. 31 participants attended the workshop, of which 19 were external stakeholders and 12 were BioMonitor partners. From the external stakeholders, 7 came from research organisations, 6 from industry and industry associations, 4 from policy institutions and 2 from statistical institutions.

At the workshop, the project was presented by the coordinator Prof. Justus Wesseler (WUR), followed by a presentation of Dr. Stephan Piotrowski (NOVA) on indicators for the monitoring of the bioeconomy and by Dr. Hans van Meijl (WEcR) on the BioMonitor Model Toolbox. These presentations served as a background for the following group discussions which had the objective of receiving input from the stakeholders regarding the objectives, criteria and indicators that should be included in the monitoring system of the bioeconomy to be developed.

After this group discussion, a presentation by Ortwin Costenoble (NEN) on the BioMonitor trainings followed. Also on this part, group discussions were organised with the objective of identifying training needs by data providers (industries, governmental organisations, researchers), data managers (statistical offices), and data users (customs, (inter-)national policy makers, industries).

In the following two sections, both discussion parts are summarized and conclusions are drawn. All presentations can be found as attachments to this report.

BIOMONITOR – Monitoring the Bioeconomy

BIOMONITOR – Monitoring the Bioeconomy

The overall objective of the Monitoring the Bioeconomy (BioMonitor) project is to establish a sustainable data and modelling framework for the bioeconomy.

This will be achieved by developing and implementing a data and modelling framework that is effective (supported by a stakeholders’ platform) and robust (implementable in existing systems of statistical and customs offices, laboratories and industries).

The framework will enable quantification of the bioeconomy and its economic, environmental and social impacts in the EU and its Member States. Interlinks with current CEN standardisation work related to bio-based products will be established from the outset of the project.

The contributions of BioMonitor are threefold.

  • First, the project will close the data gaps in measuring the bioeconomy by updating and enhancing currently used data sets. BioMonitor will assure the inclusion of new emerging bio-based products and industries by developing appropriate tools and strategies.
  • Second, the improved data will be used to enhance established and new modelling tools, linked in the BioMonitor toolbox, to guide industries and governments responsible for the execution of consistent, coherent and longer term strategies with desirable consequences for multiple objectives.
  • Third, a BioMonitor platform for stakeholder engagement and training will be created to design, test (by industry-based and country-level case studies) and disseminate results of the improved datasets and modelling capacity.

The platform will inform the formulation of strategies and policies directing the bioeconomy to achieve its economic, environmental and social policy objectives according to the EC Bioeconomy Strategy and Action Plan. The awareness about the importance of measuring the bioeconomy within the industry will be raised through tailored training on bioeconomy standards and measurement of sustainability indicators targeted towards SMEs within the sector.

  • Grant Agreement ID
    773297
  • Call Topic
    H2020-EU.3.2.4.3.
  • Project Website
  • Duration
    From: 2018-06-01
    To: 2022-05-31
  • Overall Budget
    5 983 857,50 €
  • Coordinator
    WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

PROJECT CONTENTS

D7.2 – First Stakeholder Workshop
The first stakeholder workshop of the BioMonitor Project took place on October 23rd, 2018, at the CEN-CENELEC Meeting Centre Brussels,
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Framework for measuring the size and development of the bioeconomy
This deliverable develops a conceptual analysis framework for quantifying and analysing the development of the EU bioeconomy in the BioMonitor
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The EU BioEconomy Contribution to Sustainable Development – Measuring the Impact
Developing a bioeconomy can make a significant contribution averting the ongoing climate crisis and to achieve sustainable development. The BioMonitor
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