What might life be like in Finland after the era of oil in a bioeconomy? How is the transition made? VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland brought together experts of various fields to consider these questions. The results were compiled in the publication People in the bioeconomy 2044. It contains three descriptions of everyday life, which VTT hope will inspire and encourage discussions on solutions for the future.
Ageing, population growth, climate change, and lack or resources are challenges that world leaders are expected find global solutions for. In addition to challenges and risks, this is also an opportunity to develop a new kind of society a sensible society with respect for environmental values.
According to researchers at VTT, the future will look brighter in Finland if serious attention is given to the development of a new kind of society. A transition period of 20 to 30 years to the bioeconomy requires that consumers are willing to adjust, enterprises make significant investments and take risks, and government decision-makers provide strong, long-term support.
The bioeconomy is based on the reasonable, sustainable use of natural resources, and in the future, it will be connected to almost everything we do. The concept of a bioeconomy is somewhat controversial. VTT sees it as an extensive socio-technical system that combines various technologies, markets, people and procedures. In the future, it will connect different branches of industry in ways we have never seen before. It will also combine the idea of sustainable development to business operations, and introduce consumer products made of biomass.
The bioeconomy is an opportunity for Finland, thanks to its vast forest resources. The processing degree of wood can be increased by turning it into plastic-like products for manufacturing composites, packaging materials, textiles and even ingredients of foodstuffs and medications. The use of other raw materials will also change drama
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VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland