Approaches to carbon accounting
A comprehensive assessment of the main components of biomass, carbon, is required in order to prioritise the use of renewable raw materials beyond ensuring food security, as envisaged – for instance – by the biomass strategy. Past studies do not fulfil this standard or only examine a selection of individual topics. The Bioeconomy Council (BÖR) therefore recommends conducting a meta-study in which national and international data available from previous observations and detailed studies can be systematically recorded, with ensuing key figures brought up to date and standardised using suitably derived data structures. In this background paper, the aforementioned authors finalise the structure of this study, which outlines the data necessary for implementing the bioeconomy strategy on the basis of facts.