- Wim Heijman (1)
- Donald Huisingh (1)
- Carlo Ingrao (1)
- Marcus Lindner (1)
- Thomas Nemecek (1)
- Maurizio Prosperi (1)
- Valentina Siracusa (1)
- Roberta Sisto (1)
- Mathijs Vliet van (1)
- Anastasia Zabaniotou (1)
The potential roles of bio-economy in the transition to equitable, sustainable, post fossil-carbon societies : Findings from this virtual special issue
Ingrao, Carlo ; Bacenetti, Jacopo ; Bezama, Alberto ; Blok, Vincent ; Goglio, Pietro ; Koukios, Emmanuel G. ; Lindner, Marcus ; Nemecek, Thomas ; Siracusa, Valentina ; Zabaniotou, Anastasia ; Huisingh, Donald - \ 2018
Journal of Cleaner Production 204 (2018). - ISSN 0959-6526 - p. 471 - 488.
Agriculture - Bio-economy - Bioenergy - Biomass - Comprehensive review - Forestry
Bio-economy can be defined as an economy where renewable biomasses are produced and converted into value-added materials, chemicals, foods, feeds, fuels and energy: therefore, it represents one valid, reliable way to transition to equitable, sustainable, post fossil-carbon societies. For this reason, it is increasingly gaining attention by scientists and academics worldwide, as is supported by this special issue developed within the Journal of Cleaner Production and presented in this editorial article. This Virtual Special Issue (VSI) was designed to highlight the importance of academic research in documenting the multiple greening effects that bio-economy has in multiple societal sectors. Therefore, the editors are confident that it will help to create the platform to exchange and to enhance knowledge on the evolving bio-economy. In this context, this editorial was designed to provide an overview of the papers contained in this special issue and to highlight their contributions to the bio-economy within five main research themes: biomass, biomaterials and bioenergy; agriculture; forestry; production and packaging of foods and feeds; and miscellaneous applications. Based upon the analysis of this VSI's papers, the authors found that there is an urgent need for research on: meta-studies of cross-country/regional interventions, to assess which interventions are more effective; more effective harmonisation solutions of methodological approaches for bio-economy assessments; and finally more interdisciplinary collaboration among technical and social scientists to identify and address the relevant questions for the bio-economy and to exchange and involve academics with all actors of the “innovation pipeline” of the bio-economy.
How big is the bio-business? Notes on measuring the size of the Dutch bio-economy
Heijman, Wim - \ 2016
NJAS Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences 77 (2016). - ISSN 1573-5214 - p. 5 - 8.
Bio-business - Bio-economy - Input output tables - Primary bio-production
This paper focuses on the size of the Dutch bio-economy. With the help of consolidated input-output tables, the size of the bio-economy in terms of value added is estimated for the years 2008-2012. It appears that in the Netherlands, during the period indicated, its share in national production slowly rose from 6.7% in 2008-7.2% in 2012.
Puzzling stakeholder views for long-term planning in the bio-economy : A back-casting application
Sisto, Roberta ; Vliet, Mathijs van; Prosperi, Maurizio - \ 2016
Futures 76 (2016). - ISSN 0016-3287 - p. 42 - 54.
Back-casting - Bio-economy - Participative approaches - Powering - Puzzling - Stakeholders
Planning long-term actions in the South of Italy is often characterised by a 'vicious circle of non-participation'. Stakeholders are increasingly not aware of the relevant role they have in supporting policy-making processes, even if they are usually keen to express their opinions. The aim of the study is to suggest policy-makers and practitioners a way to change their approach to long-term strategies definition in areas with traditionally scarce experience in stakeholder participation and where 'good governance' often lacks. On the whole, empirical results are very positive. The study allowed us to combine both puzzling and powering required by long-term strategies with a positive effect on the democratisation of the policymaking. In particular, both the e-mail survey and the workshop were important moments to sharing knowledge with experts, to putting together the different visions from stakeholders and to drawing possible policy actions (puzzling). Moreover, the backcasting timeline that clearly indicates the sequence of events and the involved stakeholders, and the strategy's validation questionnaires can be intended as a step towards a guide as to how power can be organised for each stage of the process (powering).