Bioeconomy Action Forum

denkhausbremen organizes the Bioeconomy Action Forum together with its cooperation partner BUND (Friends of the Earth, Germany). Here, the German environmental and development organizations are committed to an ecologically sustainable and socially just bioeconomy.

The age of fossil fuels is drawing to a close. The supply of other mineral resources is also finite and is becoming increasingly exhausted. Mankind will increasingly have to resort to renewable raw materials. The term bioeconomy has established itself for an economy fed by biogenic resources.

The participation of environmental and development associations in this debate is urgently required. The associations would be competent and compatible here, as they are already working on numerous individual aspects of the debate about a future bioeconomy, such as agriculture, forestry or bioenergy, as well as related problems such as conflicts of use or land grabbing.

Consequences of the Ukraine war for world food supply: German government must rethink bioeconomy Download position paper as PDF here! The Ukraine war is causing immeasurable suffering: Civilians are being
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What is actually going on in the bioeconomy debate at EU level and in our neighboring European countries? And how do our colleagues from the environmental and development associations assess
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Far more than 100 experts from civil society, ministries, federal agencies and academia had dialed in to the Alternative Bioeconomy Summit on February 23, when Silvia Bender, State Secretary at
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The Bioeconomy Action Forum has created campaigning materials on bioeconomy, in cooperation with the agency construktiv. The four animations and graphics address key points of the bioeconomy debate and are
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Cover photo: Ana Rodríguez On Wednesday, December 8th, 2021 the photo exhibition "On the wrong track - Overexploitation of Humans and Nature for the Bioeconomy" was opened at the Institut
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By Peter Gerhardt The forest has always been more than the sum of its trees. It is familiar with being a place of longing and a habitat, to deliver firewood
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By Peter Gerhardt The fossil era is coming to an end. Mankind will increasingly have to rely on renewable raw materials. The term bioeconomy has become established for this economy
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By Peter Gerhardt They exist for wood, paper, palm oil or cod: sustainability labels. All too often, these have been launched with great fanfare for a better world, only to
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A study by denkhausbremen and BUND examines the possible impacts of the bioeconomy. Bioeconomy could become a catalyst for the already dramatic extinction of species if no immediate and consistent
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Joint statement by German environmental and development associations on wood biomass Download the statement as a pdf here Forests are irreplaceable for the protection of biodiversity and our climate, they
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The European Green Deal and the EU bioeconomy strategy avoid necessary system changes By Jana Otten and Peter Gerhardt At times of aggravating global crises, new answers are required. The
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Alternative Bioeconomy Summit (online), February 23, 2022 What has to be on the agenda of the new federal government, to design a socially just and ecologically sustainable economy of the
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Cover photo: Peter Steudtner / Mozambique Coordination Group The bioeconomy has so far been a niche debate that essentially has its place in scientific and political circles. To the general
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The newly appointed Bioeconomy Council is to support the German government with expertise in the phase-out of the fossil economy. The success of this change also depends on the Council's
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Position paper for pdf download here! The bioeconomy can only contribute to a sustainable future if our economy is put to the test and undergoes a comprehensive socio-ecological transformation. The
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From Paula Leutner Plastic has been polluting our oceans for years. From fishing nets to plastic bottles to straws - plastic in all its forms and variations is floating in
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In terms of quantity, fossil fuels can not be entirely substituted  by renewable resources. A sustainable bioeconomy requires systemic transformations of the economy that is currently growth-oriented. The first conference
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The possibilities that the bioeconomy can provide, become visible in the practical applications. However, in order to contribute to a socio-ecological transformation, the revision of the policy framework for bioeconomy
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Press memo: Bremen, April 16, 2021 Environmental and development associations are giving the German Bioeconomy Council a paper with their demands on the way The newly appointed Bioeconomy Council should
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The agenda (pdf) for download here Plant-based plastics are among the practical applications of the bioeconomy that have already successfully entered the market. There are different interpretations concerning the evaluation
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  by Jenny Walther-Thoß, WWF While the world population is growing arithmetically, the available land area per person is becoming smaller and smaller, while at the same time the demand
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  by Nik Geiler, BBU The bioeconomy threatens global freshwater resources. As biomass imports play an important role in the expansion of the bioeconomy, water conflicts are inevitable, particularly in
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  by Thomas Fatheuer, FDCL Globally, the share of renewable energy from biomass is 50%, in Germany even 60.2%. In the frame of bioeconomy, the targeted increase in biomass energy
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  by Jenny Walther-Thoß, WWF As many as 50 countries have developed strategies to promote economic development of a bioeconomy. However, a broad debate on the kind of bioeconomy that
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  by Jutta Kill, WRM A growing bioeconomy with an increasing total biomass consumption means land grabbing and displacement of smallholder families in the global South. Not even sustainability certifications
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  by Thomas Fatheuer, FDCL The Brazilian chemical company Braskem is the world market leader in bioplastics. Its customers include Coca Cola and Lego. The basis for the bioplastics production
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  by Christof Potthof, GeN The list of false promises of genetic engineering advances is substantial. The bioeconomy opens up new opportunities for genetic engineering. By no means, the bioeconomy
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  by Steffi Ober, NABU Growth and securing prosperity are the dominant priorities for research policy in the field of bioeconomy. However, a problem-oriented research strategy with an openness towards
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  by László Maráz, FUE Firewood, paper and timber construction are already entirely using up the wood grown in Germany. The forests potential to provide renewable resources for a bioeconomy
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  by Josephine Koch, FUE A broad bioeconomy debate has not taken place in society yet. In order to develop an ecologically and socially coherent bioeconomy strategy, a dialogue should
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  by Joachim Spangenberg, BUND The bioeconomy is dependent on biological resources. Continuous high levels of resource consumption therefore exacerbate the risks of biodiversity loss due to an expansion and
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