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Circular bioeconomy

The global economy consumes more natural resources than is sustainable within the limits of the earth’s carrying capacity. The need for and consumption of natural resources has been estimated to increase and the availability of raw materials to decline. The challenge for the programme is to use renewable resources and raw materials wisely and sustainably.

The programme provides solutions to:

  • The development of a bioeconomy based on renewable resources, with efficient and sustainable use of biomass and its compounds and nutrients, creating new business
  • Enabling and promoting a circular bioeconomy based on the sustainable use and circulation of renewable resources


What do we find important?

The circular bioeconomy has an impact on climate change mitigation and the protection of biodiversity. The programme produces solutions for the development of the bioeconomy based on renewable natural resources: the production of food, energy, materials, and services in accordance with the principles of sustainable development.
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Research areas

The research programme for the circular bioeconomy operates in five research areas. On the following pages, you can read more about current perspectives, publications, and projects in each research area.

Stakeholder Advisory Board

The research programmes’ Stakeholder Advisory Boards represent Luke’s key stakeholders and customers. The Stakeholder Advisory Boards convene once or twice a year to discuss the development needs and results of their respective research programmes.

  • Petrus Kautto, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)
  • Raija Lantto, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd
  • Marika Ollaranta, Business Finland
  • Marc Palahi, European Forest Institute (EFI)
  • Pia Qvintus, Spinnova Plc
  • Marjaana Suorsa, Finnish Forest Industries Federation
  • Annika Wilhelmsson, Viking Malt Oy
  • Eetu Virtanen, Soilfood Oy
  • Leena Ylä-Mononen, Ministry of the Environment


Programme director

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