Bioeconomy policy

Policy background, strategy and contribution to the Commission's political agenda of bioeconomy policy

The Bioeconomy Strategy

Launched and adopted on 13 February 2012, Europe's Bioeconomy Strategy addresses the production of renewable biological resources and their conversion into vital products and bio-energy. Under the lead of DG Research and Innovation, the Strategy was co-signed by several other Commission departments namely DG Agriculture and Rural Development, DG Environment, DG Maritime Affairs, and DG Industry and Entrepreneurship.

The review  PDF icon 1.2 MB concluded that, even though, the objectives of the 2012 Bioeconomy Strategy remain still valid, the scope of the actions have to be refocussed.

The 2018 update of the Bioeconomy Strategy  PDF icon 5.9 MB aims to accelerate the deployment of a sustainable European bioeconomy so as to maximise its contribution towards the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as the Paris Agreement.

The update also responds to new European policy priorities, in particular the renewed Industrial Policy Strategy, the Circular Economy Action Plan and the Communication on Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation, all of which highlight the importance of a sustainable, circular bioeconomy to achieve their objectives.

The update proposes a three-tiered action plan to:

  1. Strengthen and scale up the bio-based sectors, unlock investments and markets
  2. Deploy local bioeconomies rapidly across the whole of Europe
  3. Understand the ecological boundaries of the bioeconomy

Dedicated Bioeconomy Strategy at national level in Europe*

  • Portugal
  • France
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • Austria
  • Finland
  • Latviav
  • United Kingdom
*Last update May 2019

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