Press release - Impulse Paper Coalition Agreement
Impulse paper of the German Bioeconomy Council: The implementation of climate protection goals needs a strong bioeconomy!
The German Bioeconomy Council of the Federal Government provides impulses for the negotiations of the coalition agreement between the SPD, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen and FDP and recommends that the bioeconomy be firmly anchored in the coalition agreement of the new Federal Government as an essential cross-cutting task for achieving the climate protection targets - and in particular the 1.5-degree target.
The Climate Protection Act and the enshrined goal of transforming Germany into a sustainable and climate-neutral country by 2045 set the course for a holistic transformation process. It is a basic prerequisite for an integrated consideration of living and economy, ecology, and social participation. To achieve this are the central goals of the bioeconomy, which strives for a sustainable economy based on biological resources and biological knowledge.
"With the technologies that contribute to the goals of the bioeconomy, we can pave the way towards a sustainable society and economy in the coming years, bring together ecological and economic perspectives and create the jobs of tomorrow," says Council member and CEO of bio.IMPACT & SymbioPharm GmbH, Dr Jürgen Eck.
In its function as an independent advisory body to the Federal Government, the German Bioeconomy Council outlines in its impulse paper the most urgent tasks in the areas of climate protection, sustainability, technological sovereignty, and competitiveness. In these tasks politics urgently needs to become active and the Council provides initial recommendations for action.
"If a future federal government wants to pursue the 1.5-degree target efficiently and in a goal-oriented manner, it must specifically counteract the current fragmentation of political measures. The government needs to place a coordinated, interdepartmental bioeconomy policy at the centre of its work today," clarifies the co-chair of the German Bioeconomy Council, Professor Daniela Thrän.
"As the German Bioeconomy Council, we therefore recommend that the new federal government intensify its efforts towards a coherent policy, ensure stable political and community framework conditions and expand the research and innovation funding towards a biobased and sustainable economy," says Professor Iris Lewandowski in her function as co-chair of the Council.
As part of its mandate, the German Bioeconomy Council supports the new federal government with recommendations for specific measures with which the bioeconomy can contribute to solving these future tasks.