ABOUT

This Vision is the result of the collective work by the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) and its members,
the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) advisory bodies: the States Representatives Group and Scientific Committee, and fifteen industry associations.

By 2050, Europe will have a sustainable and competitive bio-based industry providing
jobs and growth that contribute to a circular bio-society. In this circular bio-society,
informed citizens choose a sustainable way of life, supporting an economy that couples
economic growth with societal well-being and respect for the environment.

This Vision will establish a sustainable and competitive bio-based industry in the EU enabling a circular bio-society by 2050. It focuses on four key drivers:
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1. Foster food security for a growing world population and meet its demand for sustainable products

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2. Contribute to a
sustainable planet

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3. Create jobs and growth in the
circular bioeconomy

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4. Achieve a circular bioeconomic society

In this circular bio-society, informed citizens choose more sustainable means to live and acknowledge and benefit from a bioeconomic societal model. Biobased products and services are both competitive in price and performance with their fossil-based counterparts. The EU, having proactively invested early in a highly efficient and sustainable biomass production for food, feed and bio-based products, is the global hub for bio-based industrial investment and the international reference point for the circular bioeconomy More specifically, this Vision describes a scenario in which food, renewable products and energy for our communities are provided in a sustainable manner.

With respect to food, it motivates citizens to accustom to innovative new foods and food sources that have minimal impact on the environment. We will be resource efficient and function in a zero-waste society that harnesses natural resources in harmony with ecosystems and utilises energy efficiently.

A carbon-neutral bio-based industry will play a central role in combatting climate change whilst moving Europe towards a carbon-neutral society. Informed and engaged European citizens will choose bio-based products and services that not only underpin multi-skilled and secure jobs but enhance the well-being of society and the environment, whilst ultimately improving their own health.

A circular bio-society will be achieved with this mindset, making an active contribution to achieving twelve of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) and reducing society’s dependence on fossil resources, to the benefit of the planet, the economy and the citizen.

Vision background

This Vision unites the collective knowledge of Europe’s bio-based organisations and experts. These include the full spectrum of BIC’s membership, encompassing sectors as diverse as agriculture, food and feed production, forestry and pulp & paper, aquatic and marine, chemicals and materials including bioplastics, technology providers and beyond. They also include a broad selection of stakeholders, large and small, other European associations and industries, the primary sector, brand owners, representatives of Member States, scientists and environmental organisations, representing Europe in all its geographical and natural diversity.

The Vision and SIRA 2030

This Vision will also serve as the framework for the development of a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda – the SIRA – for a public-private partnership on bio-based solutions under Horizon Europe (2021-2027). The SIRA will be an important tool to realise and implement the vision with all involved stakeholders (primary producers, industry, academia, the EU and society at large).