Bio-based economy and climate change

New report on important links, pitfalls and opportunities

There is a clear link between bio-based economy and sustainability as well as green economy. This is not surprising as the use of biomass induces a sustainable use of carbon i.e. carbon absorbed by plants is used to produce bio-based products, which is then released at the end of the products life cycle (so called ‘green carbon’) without increasing the atmospheric CO2 concentration.

The bio-based economy has therefore the potential to offer solutions to one of the biggest challenges of our time, but at the same time, it is not sustainable or climate friendly per se. A new paper by nova-Institute, prepared for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), examines the relationship between the bio-based economy and climate change. The report gives a comprehensive overview on the discussion bio-based economy and climate change. What you have to consider along the whole value chain? Bio-based experts often take it for sure, that bio-based products have GHG emissions benefits – on the other hand environmental experts often see no advantaged anymore. This report brings light and understanding in this discussion and shows the principle aspect along the value chain.

The report “Bio-based economy and climate change” is available for free at


nova-Institut GmH, 2017-01-20.


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
nova-Institut GmbH


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