New Nordic strategy for the bioeconomy

Nordic Bioeconomy – 25 cases for sustainable change is a catalogue containing a selection of innovative bioeconomy cases from the Nordic countries, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. The 25 cases exemplify the four categories identified by the Nordic Bioeconomy Panel as strongholds of the Nordic bioeconomy: replace, upgrade, circulate and collaborate.Download the publication for free at: www.norden.org/25cases

The main job of the Nordic Bioeconomy Panel is to draw up proposals for a strategy covering the area and outline options and practical measures to promote sustainable bioeconomies.

The main job of the Nordic Bioeconomy Panel is to draw up proposals for a strategy covering the area and outline options and practical measures to promote sustainable bioeconomies. After a tendering exercise, the Nordic Council of Ministers commissioned Rambøll Management Consult to help it draw up this strategy. Rambøll has mapped existing initiatives and strategies and studied options for the future via interviews, etc. with relevant stakeholders. On 1 March, the company will submit a comprehensive report to the panel containing proposals for a strategic framework for the new strategy, which the panel will then finalise. The strategy was submitted to MR-FJLS and MR-SAM in June 2017 for final approval in spring 2018.

On 19 January 2017, the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Nordic Bioeconomy Panel brought together a range of external stakeholders for a workshop in Copenhagen to discuss the new strategy for the bioeconomy. The fifty who attended included representatives of the private and public sectors, the various bio-economic sectors, all of the Nordic nations, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. The workshop kicked off with inspiring keynote presentations, including the launch of a new case-study catalogue. In the afternoon, Rambøll facilitated a session that focused on creating space for dialogue and for discussing and swapping information and experiences. The various stakeholders provided input about the type of strategy they would like to see, the critical areas to cover and the instruments to prioritise. Rambøll is compiling all of this information into a report, which it will submit to the Nordic Bioeconomy Panel in March for use in the panel’s ongoing work to draw up a proposal for the new strategy.

About the Nordic Bioeconomy Panel

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.

Members of the Nordic Bioeconomy Panel

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. See all of the members and observers here.

 

  • Denmark: Professor Lene Lange, BioEngineering Center Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, the Technical University of Denmark and member of the Danish Bioeconomy Panel
  • Finland: Liisa Saarenmaa, Deputy Head of Department, Natural Resources Department, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
  • Iceland: Hörður G. Kristinsson (chair) – Head of Research, MATÍS Ltd. and a member of the European Bioeconomy Panel
  • Norway: Casper Linnestad, Senior Adviser, Ministry of Climate and Environment , Department for Nature Management
  • Sweden: Jan Svensson - Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation
  • Faroe Islands: Ólavur Gregersen,Director, Syntesa Partners & Associates
  • Greenland: Henrik Leth, Chair, Greenland Employers’ Association & Lisbeth Due Schoenemann-Paul -   Corporate Sustainability and Environmental Manager Royal Greenland  
  • Åland: Sölve Högman, Head of Office, Department of Industry, Agriculture Office 

Nordiske repræsentanter fra Det Europæiske Bioøkonomipanel i Det Nordiske Bioøkonomipanel

  • Johan Elvnert - Direktør, European Forest-based Sector Technology Platform    
  • Niels Gøtke - Afdelingschef, Styrelsen for Forskning og Innovation        
  • Kjell Ivarsson - Næstformand for Arbejderpartiet indenfor Forskning og Innovation, Copa-Cogega, og Sammenslutningen af Svenske Landmænd    
  • Sirpa Kurppa - Forsknings professor indenfor bæredygtig bioøkonomi, LUKE Natural Resources Institute, Finland                   

Inviterede observatører i Det Nordiske Bioøkonomipanel: NordGen, Nordregio, NordForsk, Nordisk Innovation, Nordisk Energi Forskning (NEF), Nordisk Komité for Jordbrugs- og Fødevareforskning (NKJ), Samnordisk Skovforskning (SNS) og Nordisk arbejdsgruppe for fiskeri (AG-Fisk).

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