Market Reports: Bio-Economy

Market Studies Bio-Economy

Market studies in the field of bioeconomy

Green economic growth and sustainability: Bioeconomy promises nothing less than the reconciliation of economy and ecology. Replacing crude oil, natural gas and coal with biomass can benefit climate protection, the environment and security of supply, among other things. In addition to food, medicines and bioenergy, biogenic raw materials are increasingly providing innovative materials for numerous economic sectors. Ceresana's future industry analyses will focus on biochemicals and bioplastics, i.e., the material utilization of renewable resources. The spectrum ranges from biobased basic materials and precursors, such as bio-alcohols, bio-acids and biopolymers, to end products, such as adhesives, coatings, films, packaging and composites. The market studies also cover bio-chelating agents, bio-surfactants and bio-solvents made from biological raw materials: Biomaterials that are hardly known to most consumers, but can be used in large quantities for detergents and other everyday products.


Convergence of innovative technologies

Plants, animals and microorganisms, such as yeasts, molds and lactic acid bacteria, have been used by mankind for thousands of years. A new development in the context of the bioeconomy and genetic engineering, Industry 4.0 and digitization is that very different sectors who have hardly cooperated with each other in the past are now combining to form sustainable value creation networks with the help of state-of-the-art technologies: Precision agriculture and robotics; food production and 3D printing; construction industry and enzymes; paper and nanotechnology; waste recycling and microsystems technology - and many other combinations. The rise of biotechnology doesn’t only effect obvious industries such as chemicals, pharmaceuticals or cosmetics: virtually all sectors of the economy are involved in the bioeconomy, often as suppliers and customers simultaneously. Mechanical engineering, for example, can use bio-based lubricants and manufacture bioreactors in return. Measurement and control technology supplies sensors. Computer technology and artificial intelligence are needed to evaluate the volumes of data collected during quality control of biobased production processes. The automotive industry is one of the biggest consumers of bioplastics, but the textile industry is also looking for alternatives to fossil raw materials. Finally, the bioeconomy is also an issue for investors: the financial sector is increasingly gearing itself to ESG criteria for environmentally friendly, social and responsible corporate management.



Circular economy as a beacon of hope

Resource efficiency can be learned from nature: A regenerative system minimizes the consumption of raw materials and water, the resulting waste and emissions, as well as the use of energy. During the processing of biomass in biorefineries, co-products are created in addition to the main product. This allows the simultaneous production of not only platform chemicals, such as bioethanol or lysine, but also, for example, biogas and animal feed. The goal of the circular economy, which already begins with product design, is to utilize all materials as completely and repeatedly as possible: ideally, no waste is produced with cascade use for a long time, because by-products of one production step are starting materials for the next. Even if renewable raw materials from agriculture, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture can no longer be recycled and biobased products are incinerated after their period of use, they do not in principle release more CO2 than was absorbed from the atmosphere during the growth phase.


Government jump start

Governments around the world see great opportunities in renewable raw materials: A bio-based economy is not only expected to mitigate climate change, species extinction and other environmental problems, but also to reduce the politically risky dependence on a few oil and gas exporters. Many countries are also hoping for an economic boost and new jobs for their rural regions. More than 60 countries have already adopted strategies relevant to the bioeconomy. Support measures include "green" sourcing programs. Ceresana's future bioeconomy market studies provide an overview of this as well as major research projects. Bioeconomy, for example, plays an important role for the "Green Deal" of the European Union, in which 1.8 trillion euros are to flow, i.e., about one third of the investments for the reconstruction after the Corona crisis.


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