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Sustainable growth 
from bioeconomy 
Sixten Sunabacka 
Strategic Director 
Forest sector and Bioeconomy 
Ministry of Employment and the Economy of Finland 
27.11.2014
Bioeconomy: The next economic wave 
GDP and 
wellbeing 
Natural economy 
Fossil economy 
1900 2014 2030 
• Bioeconomy uses sustainably biological natural resources to produce 
materials, energy, food and services 
• Aims: Decrease dependency on fossil raw materials, prevent 
deprivation of ecosystems, promote economic development and 
create new jobs 
27.11.2014
The potential of Finnish forests 
Finland’s well-being is based on our ability to use renewable resources 
efficiently and sustainably. Forests and clean nature have always been the basis 
of our existence. 
27.11.2014
Innovation, cooperation and combination make Finland 
a pioneer in bioeconomy 
Biodiesel from tall oil – combined with pulp production 
Biogas and -ethanol from residues – 
combined with pulp and sawnwood production 
UPM 
Bio oil from forest residues – combined with heath 
and power production 
Metsä Group 
Fortum 
Wood in innovative urban construction
Finland’s bioeconomy strategy 
Strengths, vision and strategic goals 
Strenghts: Natural resources, know-how and the industrial 
1. A COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT 
2. NEW BUSINESS 
3. A STRONG KNOW-HOW 
4. USABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY OF BIOMASS 
Strategic goals 
Implementation and 
monitoring 
Sustainable 
bioeconomy 
solutions are the 
basis of Finland’s 
welfare and 
competitiveness. 
platform 
27.11.2014
Finnish bioeconomy priorities for the EU 
1. Enhance competitiveness and growth – A 
shared vision, favourable and predictable 
environment 
2. Create demand for biobased products – 
Strengthening of people’s awareness, Level 
playing field 
3. Finance R & D & I – Financing of first of its 
kind investments, pilots and 
demonstrations. 
4. Ensure acceptability, availability and 
sustainability – Ensure public acceptability 
of extensive and sustainable use of biomass 
27.11.2014
Drivers and obstacles 
Drivers 
• Global trends (population growth, climate change). 
• A strong political and stakeholder support. 
• Large natural resources, know-how and the industrial platform. 
• Innovativeness, integration and cooperation. 
Obstacles 
• The competitiveness and restructuring of the traditional 
industry. 
• The present legislation and regulations. 
• Peoples attitudes. 
27.11.2014
Finland’s role in the European bioeconomy 
• Finland has a central role especially in the forest based 
bioeconomy. 
• Finland provides Europe with a wide range of biobased 
alternatives to fossil materials, transport fuels, chemicals and 
energy. 
• Finland delivers actively bioeconomy know-how, technology, 
innovation and investment best practises. 
• Finland’s pure nature is a source of health and well-being 
services for a growing demand. 
27.11.2014
Ask a Finn! 
www.bioeconomy.fi 
27.11.2014

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Bioeconomy in Finland Sunabacka Barcelona 27112014

  • 1. Sustainable growth from bioeconomy Sixten Sunabacka Strategic Director Forest sector and Bioeconomy Ministry of Employment and the Economy of Finland 27.11.2014
  • 2. Bioeconomy: The next economic wave GDP and wellbeing Natural economy Fossil economy 1900 2014 2030 • Bioeconomy uses sustainably biological natural resources to produce materials, energy, food and services • Aims: Decrease dependency on fossil raw materials, prevent deprivation of ecosystems, promote economic development and create new jobs 27.11.2014
  • 3. The potential of Finnish forests Finland’s well-being is based on our ability to use renewable resources efficiently and sustainably. Forests and clean nature have always been the basis of our existence. 27.11.2014
  • 4. Innovation, cooperation and combination make Finland a pioneer in bioeconomy Biodiesel from tall oil – combined with pulp production Biogas and -ethanol from residues – combined with pulp and sawnwood production UPM Bio oil from forest residues – combined with heath and power production Metsä Group Fortum Wood in innovative urban construction
  • 5. Finland’s bioeconomy strategy Strengths, vision and strategic goals Strenghts: Natural resources, know-how and the industrial 1. A COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT 2. NEW BUSINESS 3. A STRONG KNOW-HOW 4. USABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY OF BIOMASS Strategic goals Implementation and monitoring Sustainable bioeconomy solutions are the basis of Finland’s welfare and competitiveness. platform 27.11.2014
  • 6. Finnish bioeconomy priorities for the EU 1. Enhance competitiveness and growth – A shared vision, favourable and predictable environment 2. Create demand for biobased products – Strengthening of people’s awareness, Level playing field 3. Finance R & D & I – Financing of first of its kind investments, pilots and demonstrations. 4. Ensure acceptability, availability and sustainability – Ensure public acceptability of extensive and sustainable use of biomass 27.11.2014
  • 7. Drivers and obstacles Drivers • Global trends (population growth, climate change). • A strong political and stakeholder support. • Large natural resources, know-how and the industrial platform. • Innovativeness, integration and cooperation. Obstacles • The competitiveness and restructuring of the traditional industry. • The present legislation and regulations. • Peoples attitudes. 27.11.2014
  • 8. Finland’s role in the European bioeconomy • Finland has a central role especially in the forest based bioeconomy. • Finland provides Europe with a wide range of biobased alternatives to fossil materials, transport fuels, chemicals and energy. • Finland delivers actively bioeconomy know-how, technology, innovation and investment best practises. • Finland’s pure nature is a source of health and well-being services for a growing demand. 27.11.2014
  • 9. Ask a Finn! www.bioeconomy.fi 27.11.2014

Editor's Notes

  1. Finland launched its bioeconomy strategy in May 2014. The main theme for the strategy is ”Sustainable growth from bioeconomy”.
  2. Bioeconomy is the next wave of the global economy, producing growth and prosperity for the whole EU. This is a very clear definition and vision of the importance of bioeconomy in a global perspective.
  3. Our forests make it possible for Finland to differentiate in the global bioeconomy. Our forests have a great potential both for economical and immaterial use. A long tradition of sustainable forest management has helped us find a balance between economical and other values in our forestry.
  4. The strategy process involved several ministries, public and private stakeholders Finland has the strenghts needed for bioeconomy growth The action plan includes 15 strategic actions and 38 mesures
  5. Finland has outlined its priorities for the EU for developing a European sustainable bioeconomy. We need a shared bioeconomy vision in the EU, upon which we can build a favourable and predictable environment for a competitive and growing bio-based industry. We need more demand. Can not be based on permanent subsidies. Level playing field is needed for sustainable use of renewable materials. We need to influence on customer choises. People’s avareness of the importance of sustainable growth and consumption. Horizon 2020 is a good base for development and financing of innovations in the EU. We need new innovative and inspiring financing instruments. Like for example the Finnish international competition to promote demonstrations and commercialization. To ensure common acceptability of bioeconomy we need a broad political and public support of sustainable use of renewable natural resources. Use of biomass should be seen as a solution when it is on a sustainable basis, not as a problem as often is the case.