The „Transformation Monitor of the Bioeconomy 2022“ (in German), published on August 12, 2022, presents societal perspectives on the bioeconomy. The focus is on the opportunities and challenges of the transformation to a sustainable bioeconomy for various social groups, particularly in the Rheinische Revier region. The brochure bundles results from the BioSC FocusLab Transform2Bio, which is headed by Prof. Dr. Sandra Venghaus.
In its National Bioeconomy Strategy of 2020, the German government focuses on the sustainable production and use of biogenic materials and energy, and on the development of technologies and concepts as important elements for shaping the future. This will entail changes in economic structures and production methods, but also in society's expectations, consumption patterns and lifestyles.
The envisioned transformation affects many areas, from the production of food to the supply of energy and fuels. Interests and expectations as well as their assessment of opportunities and risks of groups in the society will differ substantially. So far, perspectives from politics, science and industry have been frequently explored. The views of citizens, farmers, environmental associations and other groups of civil society, were rarely in focus. Thus, major research gaps regarding the perspectives of different groups of actors on the bioeconomy exist.
Since 2019, the BioSC FocusLab Transform2Bio has investigated thesocietal transformation process, including – among other topics - how diverse groups in society perceive „the bioeconomy“ and how divergent interests of different societal groups may be aligned. The analysis of the transformation processes is based on an assessment model with indicators from relevant topics like resource availability, lifestyle, research, economy, demography, and politics and institutions. The "Transformation Monitor of the Bioeconomy 2022" bundles results from the Transform2Bio project and provides a first overview of current developments and expectations for the bioeconomy in Germany, especially in the Rheinische Revier region. The brochure is available for download at www.biosc.de.