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Systemic Monitoring and Modelling of the Bioeconomy

Knowledge on the risks, impacts and opportunities of the bioeconomy is needed to implement the bioeconomy in an environmentally sound way. SYMOBIO 2.0 focuses on building a systemic approach to monitoring, including the global perspective.

The research team uses methods such as footprint analyses, remote sensing, life-cycle assessment, stakeholder surveys, case studies, model simulations and patent analyses to develop a holistic picture of the bioeconomy transition. The research project places great emphasis on communicating policy-relevant findings. "We need to provide information about the performance of the bioeconomy and the requirements in terms of sustainability," emphasizes Prof. Bringezu (Center for Environmental Systems Research in Kassel, which is coordinating the project).

SYMOBIO 2.0 consolidates, deepens and extends the results of the previous project (SYMOBIO 1.0), which culminated in the publication of the first pilot report. It is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and will run until December 2024.

More information about SYMOBIO can be found at

Overall, the project is a collaboration of the following partners:

Center for Environmental Systems Research
Kassel Institute for Sustainability – Kassel Institute for Sustainability (
Fachgebiet Grünlandwirtschaft und nachwachsende Rohstoffe (GNR)
Helmholtz Zentrum für Umweltforschung (UFZ) –

Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum (DBFZ) –
Gesellschaft für Wirtschaftliche Strukturforschung (GWS) –
Öko-Institut –
Deutsches Zentrum für integrative Biodiversitätsforschung (iDiv) –
GRAS Global Risk Assessment Services –
ifeu – Institut für Energie- und Umweltforschung –
Fraunhofer-Institut für System- und Innovationsforschung (ISI) –

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