Bioeconomy and societal change: Reflexive governance and dynamic innovation systems – the example of the energetic and material use of biomass (Transformation Bio)
The transformation process to the bioeconomy presents the transition from a fossil-based economy to a sustainable, biobased, natural cycle-oriented economy. The bioeconomy is expected to contribute to economic, societal and environmental challenges, such as the sustainable use of natural resources, the reduction of dependency on fossil raw materials, the protection of the environment and the climate, to food security, the generation of economic growth, particularly in rural regions, and maintaining international competitiveness.
However, this transformation process is faced with considerable challenges. These include the often unclear contribution of bio-based value chains to social objectives, as well as the complex interactions, dependencies and possible conflicts of objectives between actors and their activities. The aim of the project is to develop a well-founded approach for the future transformation of the bioeconomy. For this purpose, consistent future pathways for the transformation to a bioeconomy are developed for specific innovation paths, and design options for this transformation are derived.