Kes McCormick om bioekonomi: The bio-economy represents a significant shift

Kes Mccormick

Hi, who are you?

Born in Melbourne, Australia, I have spent the last 10 years living and working in Sweden. I am an Assistant Professor at Lund University in Sweden. I have a background in political science and environmental science, and now I conduct research on “The emerging bio-economy in Europe” with a focus on bioenergy and biofuels for transport.

What is a biobased society in your perspective?

The underlying principles of the bio-economy encompass using natural inputs, and expending minimum amounts of energy and waste, as all materials discarded by a process should be utilized as inputs for another process. The key components of the bio-economy are biotechnology and the biorefinery concept.

The concept of the bio-economy is interpreted differently by a diverse range of actors. An open and constructive dialogue on the bio-economy and its key components remains a vital foundation for the emerging bio-economy in Europe.

Bioenergy and biofuels for transport are important outputs of the bio-economy, but a range of bio-based products are expected to also underpin the growing bio-economy. Bio-based products can include chemicals, plastics, food and feed, paper and pulp, and textiles.

What’s the main difference from today?

The bio-economy represents a significant shift in socio-economic, agricultural, energy and technical systems. The concept of the bio-economy can be understood as an economy where the basic building blocks for materials, chemicals and energy are derived from renewable biological resources, such as plant and animal sources.

The bio-economy is being made possible by the recent surge in scientific knowledge and technical competences that can be used to harness biological processes. Significant advances can also be expected over the coming decades.

Read more on Kes blog: http://bio-literacy.blogspot.se/

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