What is bio-economy?

Bioeconomy is about shifting from fossil to renewable and sustainable raw materials, to meet the societal challenges of the future.

In a bioeconomic society, renewable raw materials from the land and the sea are used instead of fossil fuels and materials. The purpose is to reduce the climate impact and the use of fossil raw materials.

The forest-based bioeconomy, which is Paper Province niche, uses forest raw material that is processed into products such as packaging, paper and houses and more, but also services and processes. Sustainability is a central part

Bio-economy in Värmland

In the region of Värmland, the bio-economy comprises 50 per cent of wood, paper and pulp. About 20 percent comes from agriculture and food production, 13 percent from forestry and 6 percent from machine manufacturing for the bioeconomy.

In 2008–2016, the value added for the bio-economy in Värmland increased by 18.3%. That is a top position in the country. At the same time, fossil emissions of CO2 have decreased by 21.7% by 2016. This is thanks in large part to successful conversion work to more biofuels in the industry. But there are still challenges to work with in the area, such as emissions from the transport sector and gender equality issues.

Research becomes film

On our web we have collected seven films about the future of the paper, bio-economy, residual water, packaging and food waste and more. Have a look: Research videos >

Bio-economics in school and tools for teachers

Despite its many applications, the public has not yet fully discovered that the bio-economy is an exciting solution to several of society’s challenges. Teachers can help raise that awareness. Therefore, there is now a free online education that gives teachers the right conditions. Read more at European Schoolnet Academy >