New bioeconomy project explores “wood futures”
The transformation from an economy based on fossil raw materials to a bio-based sustainable economy is gaining in importance. The so-called bioeconomy aims to help overcome global challenges such as climate protection, resource efficiency, and food supply.
As a traditional and, in terms of quantity, the most important renewable raw material, wood has a special role to play in this. In addition to classic forestry products such as those for the construction, furniture, or paper industries, new areas of application are coming into focus – for example, as a substitute for fossil and energy-intensive materials such as steel or packaging. At the same time, wood use is facing immense challenges: the effects of climate change, changes in the composition of forests, or a lack of concepts for multiple use of the raw material.
This is where the “Wood-based bioeconomy” project of the National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) comes in. An acatech project group that has now been launched analyzes the current situation as well as possible “wood futures” with new innovative wood-based technologies and products. The results will be integrated into recommendations for decision-makers in politics, industry, and society. With Dirk Scheer, ITAS contributes its expertise on social perception, acceptance, and communication requirements. (03.08.2021)
- Project page Wood-based bioeconomy – driver of innovative technologies on the ITAS website
- Project description (in German) at acatech
- Double interview How Sustainable Is Bioeconomy? with Dirk Scheer and Christine Rösch in the lookKIT magazine