10 January 2022 17:35
The EU is in the process of developing and implementing bioeconomy strategies to foster the transition from a fossil fuel-based to a renewable, biobased economy. Filling in a major knowledge gap, BIOCLIMAPATHS project develops the first interdisciplinary methodological framework that contains the whole logic flow of the knowledge development process.
BIOCLIMAPATHS’ added value stands in exploiting knowledge co-production within a novel network of interdisciplinary research teams from Austria, Germany and Spain, and non-academic stakeholders. Our aim is to deliver a breakthrough in the methodological approach based on qualitative stakeholder inputs and quantitative modeling advancements. Five urgent research questions will be addressed:
- What are hotspots of climate hazard risk in the EU and to what extent are they related to the bioeconomy?
- How are food and non-food bioeconomy sectors affected by climate hazard hotspots under different climate scenarios in the EU, and what the implications of its global biomass supply and use?
- To what extent are households, farmers, firms and financial agents affected by climate hazard induced price shocks stemming from food and non-food bioeconomy sectors?
- Under which conditions could distributive effects (inequality) among households emerge and how could they be mitigated in the social system?
- How is socio-economic and social-ecological resilience, in particular food, climate and economic security, affected in different bioeconomy transition paths subject to climate hazards?
BIOCLIMAPATHS will provide policy-relevant information and recommendations to a variety of academic and non-academic stakeholders as regards strategies and resilient pathways to achieve the EU2030 climate and energy targets with a bioeconomy approach:
1. A novel database of cross-sectoral climate risks that allow to map spatially explicit climate hazards’ impact of the biophysical dimension (biomass losses) in the bioeconomy;
2. Improvement of the state of the art in bioeconomy sector modeling to disclose the channels of climate risks’ transmission across interdependent biophysical, economic and financial systems at the subnational level with an ABM, integrated in a global input-output framework;
3. Identification of co-produced resilience solutions based on the assessment of challenges and opportunities for sustainable, inclusive and climate-resilient development in the EU under different bioeconomy pathways (food, materials and energy).