Bioeconomy refers to an economy using renewable natural resources for producing food, energy, products and services. Ambitious growth targets have been set for bioeconomy in the Finnish Bioeconomy Strategy: By 2025, the bioeconomy output will increase to EUR 100 billion and the number of people employed in it will grow by 100,000. The bioeconomy strategy seeks to reduce the dependency on fossil natural resources, to prevent the impoverishment of ecosystems and to promote economic development and create new jobs in compliance with the principles of sustainable development.
The new methods of bioeconomy strive to increase production volumes, but at the same time, we must be able to use raw materials more efficiently and to increase the added value produced in bioeconomy. Furthermore, we must secure the sufficiency of raw material resources and take into account the actions necessary for curbing climate change and the new business solutions developing around them. At the same time, we will create operating models for safeguarding the sustainable use and diversity of natural resources.
Monitoring the attainment of goals requires research and statistics, and they must also respond to new information needs as bioeconomy develops. Calculations describing the development of bioeconomy and the interdependencies of different phenomena, interpretations of these calculations and an outlook of future development trends have been compiled on this website. It includes statistical and informative graphics, visually illustrating the different dimensions of bioeconomy. It should be noted that the indirect effects of bioeconomy reach several sectors of industry outside the conventional bioeconomy accounts. Therefore, the future challenge is to make even these linkages visible using bioeconomy calculations, statistics and indicators.
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Output, value added and investments of the Finnish bioeconomy, 2010−2016.
Number of people employed in the Finnish bioeconomy, 2010−2016.