A new study explores the perceptions of government and industry in nine European regions regarding the bioeconomy, shedding light on their unique perspectives and priorities.

A new study explores the perceptions of government and industry in nine European regions regarding the bioeconomy, shedding light on their unique perspectives and priorities. The study is based on an online survey launched in nine European regions. The final results will be published in peer-reviewed journals later in 2024.

Preliminary results indicate very positive attitudes towards the bioeconomy, which is seen to highly relate to sustainable land management and circular economy. From the socio-economic and environmental benefits of the bioeconomy, most respondents consider environmental benefits as more important. When asked about most promising sectors, bioenergy comes in first or second place, even though it may not be the sector with greatest positive environmental impact. Access to investment and scientific information are perceived as the main drivers for bioeconomy development; limited co-operation among different stakeholders and lack of supportive policy & legislative environment are identified as key barriers.

Government, and even more so industry respondents show high willingness to develop the bioeconomy, with greater willingness among those that feel more familiar with the concept. Interestingly, across regions, both government and industry actors seem to attribute a greater responsibility to the public sector in i) advancing in social awareness and communication, ii) ensuring positive environmental and social impacts, and iii) investing in the bioeconomy.

Read more about the study at the Bioregions Facility website.

If you are interested in the results about the individual regions, check the links below:

At the 2024 IUFRO World Congress, Siebe Briers (EFI) presented preliminary results of the survey carried out as part of EFI’s Bioregions Facility work.