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Exploring new visions for a sustainable bioeconomy

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has recently published a study aimed at sparking a positive conversation about the bioeconomy and the role that biomass takes in it. This report provides scientific evidence to support European policymakers and presents a new vision for a bioeconomy that prioritizes environmental sustainability and social equality over economic growth. The JRC underlined that the problems we confront in implementing the ‘Green Deal’ transformation are unprecedented, and its objective is to establish a foundation for a future sustainable society.

The report, which consists of a collection of chapters authored by external scholars to the JRC, presents a diverse range of views, expertise, and perspectives. As it delves into these topics, the report addresses several important questions regarding the role of biomass in our future and the challenges associated with making the world more sustainable, such as:

  • How can the EU shift its approach to biomass for better environmental sustainability?
  • Is green growth possible?
  • What’s the role of biomass in achieving the 1.5°C global warming goal?

The findings of the JRC report reveal a complicated scenario that raises serious concerns regarding the bioeconomy and the role of biomass in building a sustainable society. In this article, we’ll go further into the report’s core topics and their approach to biomass and hope to contribute to a healthy dialogue about the future of the bioeconomy and the potential for long-term growth.


The JRC is aiming to stimulate a debate regarding the bioeconomy and the role of biomass in it. JRC proposes a new vision for a bioeconomy that places environmental sustainability and social equity ahead of economic development, although its research expresses grave concerns about the bioeconomy and the role of biomass in constructing a sustainable society. In terms of environmental sustainability, the research also advises a reform in the EU’s approach to biomass production and use.

Although there are difficulties in reaching true green development through biomass production and consumption, these constraints create opportunities for research and study, eventually contributing to growth and progress in the sector. The paper emphasises the importance of biomass in meeting the 1.5°C global warming goal and transitioning to a bioeconomy, while also raising legitimate concerns about the sustainability of its production and its impact on ecosystems. Research and development will certainly help unleash the potential of biomass and lead us toward a more sustainable future.