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Transforming the bio-based sector towards a circular economy - What can we learn from wood cascading?

Jarre, Matteo; Petit-Boix, Anna; Priefer, Carmen 1; Meyer, Rolf 1; Leipold, Sina
1 Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


The circular economy has become the focus of a recent major EU policy program, which aims at the transformation towards environmentally sustainable modes of production and consumption. This has moved parts of the forest and related bio-based industries to envision their operations in terms of a circular economy. However, the meaning and implementation pathways of the concept often remain vague and ambiguous. At the same time, bio-based industries have a long history of discussing and partly realizing wood cascading. This concept strongly overlaps with circular economy ideas as it describes activities to increase the efficiency of biomass utilization. This article takes stock of wood cascading research and identifies major influencing factors for its realization to provide a comprehensive knowledge base for discussions about the circular economy in forest and related bio-based industries. Based on a review of peer-reviewed literature, we find substantial knowledge available on the factors influencing the realization of wood cascading. These factors largely resemble what is currently being discussed as barriers and enablers of circular economy. ... mehr

Verlagsausgabe §
DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000094566
Veröffentlicht am 09.12.2019
DOI: 10.1016/j.forpol.2019.01.017
Zitationen: 91
Zitationen: 101
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsmonat/-jahr 01.2020
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1389-9341
KITopen-ID: 1000094566
HGF-Programm 36.02.01 (POF III, LK 01) Sustainability and Environment
Erschienen in Forest policy and economics
Verlag Elsevier
Band 110
Seiten Article: 101872
Schlagwörter Sustainability policy; Bioeconomy; Circularity; Forest sector; Wood products
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