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A framework for the conversation of ressources

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Increasing resource and energy efficiency is the key to a sustainable bioeconomy in an economic and social system that is oriented towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, which must be implemented in particular with regard to the growing world population, climate protection, the preservation of biodiversity and planetary boundaries. In addition to the raw materials transition, i.e. the replacement of fossil raw materials by renewable raw materials and the extraction of secondary raw materials from recycling, the current, predominantly linear economic model must be gradually replaced by a largely circular economic model, in which raw materials are kept in a cycle (see also cradle-to-cradle) and products are durable, repairable and recyclable through recycling or upcycling.

Based on the study "Model Germany Circular Economy" and as a result of discussions in the Bioeconomy Council's internal working group "Resource Conservation", this background paper compiles examples of proposals related to the bioeconomy and the resources required for it. The authors suggest that these proposals be discussed in a future Bioeconomy Council and also in the context of the German Biomass Strategy.

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