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EU debuts action plan for a sustainable bioeconomy in Europe

| February 14, 2012

In Brussels, the EU published its strategy and action plan for a sustainable bioeconomy in Europe, called “Innovating for Sustainable Growth: a Bioeconomy for Europe”.

The goal is a more innovative and low-emissions economy, reconciling demands for sustainable agriculture and fisheries, food security, and the sustainable use of renewable biological resources for industrial purposes, while ensuring biodiversity and environmental protection. The plan therefore focuses on three key aspects: developing new technologies and processes for the bioeconomy; developing markets and competitiveness in bioeconomy sectors; and pushing policymakers and stakeholders to work more closely together.

In its action plan, the EU noted that the European bioeconomy has reached an annual revenues of €2 trillion and employs more than 22 million people in food, agriculture, forestry, fishing and bio-based industry.

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