EU Policy

Innovating for Sustainable Growth: A Bioeconomy for Europe

On 13 February 2012, the Commission launched a new strategy on the Bioeconomy entitled “Innovating for Sustainable Growth: a Bioeconomy for Europe “. In this communication, the Commission states that  Europe needs to radically change its approach to production, consumption, processing, storage, recycling and disposal of biological resources, in order to cope with an increasing global population, rapid depletion of many resources, increasing environmental pressures and climate change. The bioeconomy contributes significantly to the objectives of the Europe 2020 flagship initiatives “Innovation Union” and “A Resource Efficient Europe”.

The Bioeconomy Strategy and its Action Plan aim to pave the way to a more innovative, resource efficient and competitive society that reconciles food security with the sustainable use of renewable resources for industrial purposes, while ensuring environmental protection. The Strategy builds on the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) and the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation  (Horizon 2020). More detailed information on the Bioeconomy Strategy is included in the accompanying Staff Working Document (SWD).

Used sources and useful links


  • Renewable Energy Directive – RED
  • Indirect Land Use Change – ILUC