Fifteen (unnamed) parties have joined the Bio-based Industries Consortium to work towards “The circular-bio society in 2050”: an effort to establish a sustainable and competitive bio-based industry in the EU.
They describe their vision of a circular bio-society as “informed citizens living sustainable and supporting an economy that couples economic growth with societal well-being and respect for the environment”. Through bioeconomic education across Europe and deploying lifelong learning facilities and training within industry, government, and society the collaboration aims to achieve a circular bio-society and meet four key goals:
1. Foster food security for a growing world population and meet its demand for sustainable products
2. Contribute to a sustainable planet
3. Create jobs and growth in the circular bioeconomy
4. Achieve a circular bioeconomic society
The Bio-based Industries Consortium is a public-private partnership established in 2013. Its 200 members include 40 large companies and 160 SMEs, the website claims.
A collaboration such as this signifies the climate-focused mindset of bio-based industries. Climate reporting has continuously shown agriculture to be one of the globes most polluting industries, creating a demand for more sustainable practices and diets from a government and consumer level. This vision displays efforts towards answering these demands by establishing a sustainable bio-industry. Could this project live up to its promise and aid Europe in becoming a carbon-neutral society?
It is clear that the agriculture and food industries have an awareness of their impact on the environment, but recognise that citizens also have an important role to play in the food system. Could implementing multi-organisational education schemes inspire societal change?
Furthermore, this project promises to ensure food security while creating jobs, demonstrating the numerous advantages of greener business. However, is it possible to re-wire such a huge industry whilst ensuring job security?