Innovating sustainable bio-based systems and the bioeconomy 

Bio-based innovation lays the foundations for the transition away from a fossil-based carbon- intensive economy by encompassing the sustainable sourcing, industrial and small scale processing and conversion of biomass from land and sea into circular bio-based materials and products

Bio-based innovation capitalises on the potential of living resources, life sciences and industrial biotechnology for new discoveries, products, services and processes, both terrestrial and marine. Bio-based innovation can bring new and competitive economic activities and employment to regions and cities in the recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, revitalising rural and coastal economies and strengthening the long-term circularity of the bioeconomy, including through small non-food bio-based solutions. 

To enable the bio-based innovation, environmental objectives and climate neutrality will build on a robust understanding of environmental impacts and trade-offs of bio-based systems at the European and regional scale, including the comparisons to similar aspects on the fossil and carbon-intensive counterparts. Systemic impacts of bio-based systems on biodiversity and its wide range of ecosystem services as well as how we restore and use them, need to be assessed, and negative impacts avoided in line with the “do no harm” principle of the European Green Deal.