An important part of SusValueWaste is to study the process of policy formulation and implementation for developing a sustainable bioeconomy. The aim is to build a knowledge base that can help policy makers better govern and regulate the bioeconomy.
The concept of the bioeconomy is gaining in political importance in Norway and elsewhere in the world; moving from fossil-based to bio-based products and energy is considered to be important in tackling multiple societal problems, from climate change to food security, from health to industrial restructuring. At the same time, there are several important concerns and trade-offs inherent within the area of the bioeconomy, especially linked to the sustainability aspects of the extraction and use of biomass. This policy brief discusses the key perspectives from the contemporary debates on bioeconomy development and summarises the academic views on what may legitimise policy interventions for transformative change. Read the policy brief.
Life cycle assessment (LCA) has become prevalent in sustainability standards, policies and legal framework in recent years. The method provides a mean to quantify the environmental performance of products and services. There are, however, heated debates on many methodological choices within LCA. This technical brief presents LCA’s connection to the bioeconomy and the circular economy, important methodological aspects in this respect, and how LCA can take part in policy making. Read the Technical brief