How to increase resource efficiency in an emerging bio-economy: Moving from Value Chains to Biomass-Based Value Webs

How to increase resource efficiency in an emerging bio-economy: Moving from Value Chains to Biomass-Based Value Webs.

Detlef Virchow, Tina Beuchelt, Arnim Kuhn and Manfred Denich

The presentation on “How to increase resource efficiency in an emerging bio-economy: Moving from value chains to biomass-based value webs” was held by Tina Beuchelt at the “23rd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition”, Europe’s largest international conference on biomass. It is a highly-respected international scientific conference with an industrial exhibition while gathering participants from research, industry, policy and business of biomass and took place on June 1-4, 2015 in Vienna, Austria.

Abstract:

The increasing global demand for biomass transforms agriculture from a food to a biomass sector. This is an opportunity for low-income countries to diversify their economy. The current biomass system is often inefficient with alarmingly high biomass losses and waste throughout harvest to utilization; production of non-food biomass may compete with food security. A bio-economy leads to an increased merging of different biomass value chains. To depict these increasingly complex ways of biomass from production to consumption innovative analytic approaches are needed; conventional value-chain approaches are insufficient. The “biomass-based value web” approach responds to this need. It is a multi-dimensional framework applying a value web instead of a value chain perspective. It can be used to understand and foster the interrelations between value chains to achieve a flexible, efficient and sustainable production, processing and consumption system. Synergies and inefficiencies in the biomass sector can be identified and local processing strengthened to support food security. A biomass-based value web is thus a useful scientific and policy perspective to achieve equitable, rural development through an efficient biomass sector.

 

Contact: Dr. Tina Beuchelt, Email: tbeuchel@uni-bonn.de

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