BIOEAST

Deliverables

The Report on the BIOEAST National Bioeconomy related sectors analyses the current state of the bioeconomy and its related sectors in the BIOEAST countries. It is organised in two main sections: 1) indicators and statistical evidence for BIOEAST countries and 2) identification of bioeconomy strategy objectives and bioeconomy monitoring indicators. Strategic research and innovation action (SRIA) document or other supporting research development of the national bioeconomy framework in BIOEAST countries. The report itself creates a living document, based on the statistical evidence. It gives suggestions how to verify and support the options considered both in National bioeconomy action plans and in Strategic research and innovation action (SRIA) document, supporting research development of the national bioeconomy framework, all considered in synergy within the EU Green Deal and its policy areas. It robustly indicates the exposed sectors, acknowledges the fact that the level of sustainability and circularity of the existing bioeconomy is unknown and seeks for solutions beyond bioeconomy itself to enable concerted transition towards carbon neutral Europe in 2050. The report raised awareness on the necessity of a coherent approach and supported the activities related to the National Inter-ministerial groups and the National stakeholder groups.

The report will be available on the website in Sep 2021.

The ‘DELIVERABLE 1.3 CEE Virtual Toolbox draft’ is a web tool meant to be used by BIOEAST countries in support of the development of their national bioeconomy strategies. It provides guidance on how to use existing analytical and policy tools to better understand the bioeconomy potentials (i.e. biomass availability, regional stakeholders, innovative value-chains). It gathers and describes already existing tools from relevant projects (e.g. Power4Bio, BE-Rural, BioEcon, etc.) which can support the CEE countries to develop their own national bioeconomy strategies on the basis of regional and local experiences. The tool integrates an existing system dynamic model (that is “white box” causal-descriptive modelling tool) that was originally created for Latvia, now being accommodated to simulate assessment in Poland. It allows to manage employment, financial and greenhouse gas emission data related to cultivation of crops, forests, and production of added value products from certain raw materials. It interconnects macro, meso and micro scale of bioeconomy. Main measures represented are turnover of bioeconomy, added value and employment, investments, GHG emissions and land use. In addition, location quotient, bioeconomy labour productivity and added value to turnover parameters also are shown as output. There are several changeable parameters available for modelling: added value products, product price, unit production costs, other costs, discount rate, specific investment in technology, organic land fraction, value chain selection (on/off) and subsidies.
Link to the toolbox: https://bioeast.eu/cee/

The report presents the results of activities on comparative analysis and benchmarking. It provides a comprehensive view of the resource endowments and current performance of bioeconomy in BIOEAST countries, institutional settings and systems of policy delivery, affecting the scale, and the pace of its (current and future) development. Analysed data is benchmarked with EU countries, recognised as good bioeconomy performers (FI, NL, AT, DE). The desk study is complemented with the results of a web-based survey, in which bioeconomy experts and practitioners from BIOEAST macro-region assess (sector-specific) relevance of bioeconomy-related assets and transformation pathways. Results of the study are synthesised into policy recommendations and provide a basis for further work of the BIOEASTsUP project, most notably the development of the National Bioeconomy Strategies Concept Papers as well as the BIOEAST SRIA.
The report will be available on the website in Sep 2021.

In line with the implementation of the BIOEAST Vision 2030, which was endorsed in February 2018, in the framework of the BIOEASTsUP project a macro-regional Foresight Exercise was conducted between April 2020 and May 2021 to support the BIOEAST member states in developing their sustainable bioeconomies. The task was to build on the ongoing European or global reports, to deliver new insight about possible changes of importance for the development of the macro-regional bioeconomies.
The aim is to give guidance to national policy makers, to identify special challenges the macro-region might face with the ultimate aim to contribute to the BIOEAST Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda.
A Foresight Expert Group (FEG) of five independent experts (https://bioeast.eu/foresight-expert/) was nominated to provide a better understanding about existing and new trends. Four areas were suggested by the policy makers: Sustainable natural resources, particularly soils and water, Sharing economy in the context of sustainable food system, Renewable carbon use and decarbonisation pathways, Governance in the context of circular and sustainable pathways.
The five experts lead the preparation of the Foresight Report in a participatory approach, engaging policy makers and external experts. Two rounds of national workshops within the BIOEAST countries engaging external stakeholders and multiple sectors were organized. Four internal restricted meetings between experts and BIOEAST ministries and invited experts were organized, including two scenario-building workshops in March and May 2021 to validate the scenarios defined in the Foresight Report. The workshops gathered stakeholders from four different backgrounds: government & public bodies, businesses, societies and NGOs and academics & research to design and characterize in a co-design manner the different points of view regarding the scenarios for the bioeconomy.
The report will be launched during an international conference planned for September 2021.

The report includes 11 country reports that for each country provides overview of economic and innovation profile and bioeconomy performance, bioeconomy related research and innovation profile, review of national research and innovation strategies and policy, as well as overall assessment of the bioeconomy related research innovation (SWOT analysis, innovation gaps and needs). The report provides also a summary of the main results for the whole BIOEAST macro region.
The report will be available on the website in Sep 2021.