The bioeconomy: fuelling a greener future

July 26, 2016 2:15 - 3:30 pm

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The bioeconomy comprises those parts of the economy that use renewable biological resources from land and sea – such as crops, forests, fish, animals and micro-organisms – to produce food, materials and energy. Last December, at the COP21 climate summit in Paris, countries around the world pledged to keep global temperatures "well below" 2.0C (3.6F) above pre-industrial times and to "endeavour to limit" them even more, to 1.5C. This pledge requires the world to move rapidly toward a goal of 100% clean energy production, with a target of producing zero net greenhouse gas emissions at some time between 2050 and 2100: it will entail limiting the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by human activity to the same levels that trees, soil and oceans can absorb naturally. It is clear that the bioeconomy could thus play a major role in achieving the required shift from fossil fuels to the use of renewable sources of energy and offers an alternative to the dangers and limitations of our current fossil-based economy.

The session will discuss the societal importance of the bioeconomy and how it can contribute to meeting the goals set out in the COP21 agreement.

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