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Special Issue "The Emerging Bio-Based Economy – Drivers, Challenges and Opportunities"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sustainability and Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2019).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Jay S. Golden
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Guest Editor
Maxwell School, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13244-1020, USA
Interests: dynamic sustainability, bioproducts; production-consumption systems; life cycle modeling, systems modeling; corporate sustainability; industrial ecology; green supply chains
Prof. Dr. Robert Handfield
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Guest Editor
Campus Box 7229, Poole College of Management, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695, USA
Interests: strategic sourcing; supplier development; bioproducts; supply market intelligence; supply chain re-design; logistics
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Increasing global efforts to accelerate the growth and adoption of the bio-based economy have led to a focus on renewable bio-based energy sources and bio-based products. Private institutions including multinational retailers and brands have leveraged their purchasing power to expand the production and utilization of bio-based feedstocks in consumer products. Similarly, national governments have developed policies promoting the bio-based economy as part of national sustainability programs and to stimulate economies primarily in rural agriculture-based regions in both developed and emerging markets. Scientists in private sector companies are also exploring new forms of bio-based alternatives to standard petroleum-based products.

This Special Issue aims to expand our understanding of the different institutional drivers stimulating the growth of the bio-based economy and their effectiveness. Additionally, papers building on conceptual, empirical, and modelling approaches that explore emerging uses and issues of bio-based energy, biochemical and bio-based product feedstocks, and the resultant environmental and socio-economic trade-offs are encouraged. The selected papers are expected to contribute to the evolving literature and support public and private decision makers.

Prof. Dr. Jay S. Golden
Dr. Robert Handfield
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

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Keywords

  • Bioeconomy
  • Bioproducts
  • Biogas
  • Bioenergy
  • Biochemicals
  • Industrial Ecology
  • Green Supply Chains
  • Corporate Sustainability
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Greenhouse Gas
  • Green Logistics

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Value Chains for Industrial Biotechnology in the Bioeconomy-Innovation System Analysis
Sustainability 2019, 11(8), 2435; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su11082435 - 24 Apr 2019
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Industrial Biotechnology (IB) is considered as a key technology with a strong potential to generate new growth, spur innovation, increase productivity, and tackle environmental and climate challenges. Industrial Biotechnology is applied in many segments of the bioeconomy ranging from chemicals, biofuels, bioenergy, bio-based [...] Read more.
Industrial Biotechnology (IB) is considered as a key technology with a strong potential to generate new growth, spur innovation, increase productivity, and tackle environmental and climate challenges. Industrial Biotechnology is applied in many segments of the bioeconomy ranging from chemicals, biofuels, bioenergy, bio-based plastics, and other biomaterials. However, the segments differ profoundly regarding volume, price, type, and amount of needed feedstock, market condition, societal contributions as well as maturity, etc. This article aims to analyse a set of five different value chains in the technological innovation system (TIS) framework in order to derive adequate policy conclusions. Hereby, we focus on quite distinctive value chains to take into account the high heterogeneity of biotechnological applications. The analysis points out that policy maker have to take into account the fundamental differences in the innovation systems and to implement differentiated innovation policy to address system weaknesses. In particular, market formation is often the key bottleneck innovation systems, but different policy instruments for various application segments needed. Full article
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