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Perspectives from a Roundtable Policy Workshop

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The bioeconomy is gaining in political importance in Norway and elsewhere in the world. The Norwegian Government launched its much awaited bioeconomy strategy Familiar resources- undreamt of possibilities (Kjente ressurser, uante muligheter) in late 2016. The strategy emphasises cross sectorial challenges, and draws up long term objectives for the bioeconomy. SusValueWaste Policy Workshop at NIFU 25th...   Read More

Research Contribution: The Role of Trials and Demonstration Projects in the Development of a Sustainable Bioeconomy

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Demonstration projects and trials are tools for companies to learn and reduce risk linked to innovations. This article aims to give an overview of trials and demonstrations projects literature and highlight important findings relevant to the development of a sustainable bioeconomy. Studies have shown that demonstration projects and trials play an important role in developing new bio-based...   Read More

Innovation Policy for the Future

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Grand challenges such as climate change and growing inequality call for transformative changes in our society. Innovation will play a major role in coming up with solutions. The identified UN sustainable development goals can serve as direction, but a big and important question is: How to design, implement and govern innovation policies that can help form...   Read More

Research Contribution: Governing Contending Policy Rationales in the Bioeconomy Transition

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As part of SusValueWaste’s policy work package, the research paper “Directionality across Diversity: Governing Contending Policy Rationales in the Transition towards the Bioeconomy” was recently published in Sustainability (open access). The aim of this paper is to get a better understanding of whether, and how, the bioeconomy consists of contending rationales for governance and policy-making. A discourse analysis of...   Read More

Measuring Footprints of Products and Processes

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SusValueWaste seminar at NIFU 15th of November, 2016. When greening products or processes, the greenest alternative is not always self-given. Changes at some point in a life cycle, can make challenges at another stage and result in undesired environmental effects. Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a method that thoroughly investigates the impact of all the stages...   Read More

NoRest Conference – Joining Forces for Knowledge

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The NoRest conference in late October 2016 gathered experts from different research disciplines, governmental organisations and industry. The aim was to share information and stimulate innovation and collaboration in the Nordic bio-economy. Various topics were on the conference agenda, ranging from technical solutions in manufacturing to research in policies for system changes – all topics playing...   Read More

Collaboration with the BioSmart-research Project

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SusValueWaste and BioSmart are both research projects part of the BIONAER-programme.The projects share the bioeconomy focus, but differ in several aspects. At the same time there are some areas that the two projects have in common. In September 2016, SusValueWaste visited BioSmart for a joint workshop in Trondheim. This was an opportunity for the two research...   Read More

Research Contribution: What is the Bioeconomy?

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As part of SusValueWaste work package 1, the research paper “What is the Bioeconomy? A Review of the Literature” was published in Sustainability (open access) in July 2016. The aim of the article is to give a better understanding of the bioeconomy concept, since so far there has been little consensus about what the bioeconomy notion...   Read More

Resources for Our Future

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SusValueWaste seminar at NIFU 10th of May, 2016. Rob Weterings, a senior strategist for Sustainable Innovation at the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands, held his seminar on the topic Resources for our future. The seminar discussed various concepts and practices in sustainable resource management, from efficiency via circularity to substitution. Weterings presented different examples of resources and also...   Read More

Better Use of Food Surplus Can Feed more People and Give Positive Climate Effects

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According to a recent study from Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany, avoiding food loss can be an effective counteract on the growing food demand in the world. The study provides a systematic methodology to estimate consumer level food waste both on a national and global level, based on food availability and requirements. To calculate food requirements, the...   Read More

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