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Aiming for a sustainable bioeconomy

Aiming for a sustainable bioeconomy

Type of text : Opinion and report
Type of referral : Own initiative
Working group : Section for Environment

Rapporteur(s) :

Jean-David ABEL
Environnement and Nature Group
CFDT Group
Date adopted : 28/03/2017 | Period : 2015-2020
The bioeconomy is in full swing. As the new name for the economy grounded in natural, agricultural and forestry resources that make up biomass, it represents a dramatic change for the economic sectors. For it is called to partly replace the use of fossil fuels with renewable resources.
And yet, the bioeconomy inevitably impacts ecosystems and biodiversity. It can generate risks of over-reliance on natural resources and of food security or environmental shocks. There are therefore questions over how sustainable it really is.
The ESEC recalls that new production and consumer methods must be adopted if the environmental and societal challenges are to be taken up without casting doubt over populations' quality of life or the development capacities of future generations. It therefore presents its proposals for a sustainable bioeconomy with this in mind.