A variety of actors representing the different sectors in the bioeconomy in Norway has spoken. Through a foresight process, SusValueWastae asked what the different sectors and groups of actors have in common when considering the future and the circular bioeconomy. Five visions of the future bioeconomy crystalized:
No waste, only resources
Network and power couples
Local, cascading value circles
Research based on industry needs.
SusValueWaste has now published a report that describes the foresight process which was facilitated by OREEC in collaboration with researchers at NIFU. This foresight focused on cross-sectoral networking, sharing of visions and knowledge and building a joint understanding of the circular bioeconomy. We experienced that a foresight process does not only result in the identification of future visions. The foresight process, consisting of a survey and two workshops, has been a cross-sectoral networking opportunity:
Relations across silos are built and strengthened as bioeconomy stakeholders have worked together to debate and define future opportunities;
Knowledge about the circular bioeconomy has increased among bioeconomy stakeholders and they have been inspired to see value chain opportunities across sectors
Enthusiasm and interest for the circular bioeconomy was established and bioeconomy stakeholders have actively contributed in developing the concept of the circular bioeconomy.
Waste and other residual materials from industries and households are of increasing value in today’s economy. Substances that have long represented a cost to the economy are now becoming a valuable resource. Exploiting the full potential of these resources requires increased innovation, systemic change as well as better regulation and governance.