The Nordic bioeconomy is about a green transition. It is about the replacement of unsustainable and fossil-based resources, through the upgrading of side streams and waste, and by creating circular and sustainable local solutions. Here we summarize the activities of the Nordic Council of Ministers towards a sustainable change.
The Nordic Bioeconomy Panel is a formal policy and strategy forum set up by the Ministers for Co-operation (MR-SAM). Originally an initiative proposed by the Icelandic Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers, the panel's main job is to draw up proposals for a Nordic strategy for the bioeconomy, outlining options and practical measures to promote sustainable bioeconomies
The Nordic Bioeconomy Panel was set up during the Icelandic Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2014 as part of the NordBio programme.
Setting up the panel reflects the importance that the Council of Ministers attaches to a forum that focuses on holistic thinking about promoting the bioeconomy. The panel consists of representatives of official agencies, research bodies, private companies and civil society. Collectively, they provide insight into socioeconomics, natural science, business, regional policy and the environment.
The objective is: to contribute to a sustainable transformation towards the bioeconomy in the Nordic countries and to stimulate innovation, to explore and expose the potential of the Nordic Region to take a global lead in the field of sustainable production and utilisation of bioresources with the purpose of enhancing Nordic competitiveness and sustainability. This can be done through a joint Nordic strategy for the bioeconomy, by including new, interdisciplinary knowledge and by providing input to the Nordic countries and relevant Nordic and international forums regarding innovative thinking and solutions to the challenges they face in relation to the bioeconomy and green transition.
The panel's main job is to draw up proposals for a Nordic strategy for the bioeconomy, outlining options and practical measures to promote sustainable bioeconomies. The strategy should include measures that relate to production in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, as well as processing and consumption. The panel will also assemble a catalogue of 20 or so specific examples of success stories.