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Video of the week: People at the forefront of the Nordic bio-economy

Posted on Nov 9, 2018 1:00:00 PM

People at the forefront of the Nordic bio-economy (courtesy of the Nordic Council of Ministers).“Bio is the most complicated thing in the world. If you copy and cope with nature you can have new materials with new functions, longer lifetimes, stronger robustness, less resources, and less toxicity in producing etc.”

Nordic countries continue to set increasingly ambitious targets to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels in their desire to limit greenhouse gas emissions. For instance, countries such as Denmark, Finland and Sweden have all increased their commitments to bio-energy in recent years. Nordic environment and climate ministers have also pledged to strongly implement the 2015 Paris climate change agreement.

There are also companies and individuals within these countries who are attempting their very best to drive the bio-economy. To celebrate this, the Nordic Council of Ministers have recently released a short video series on the bio-economy in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR).

The videos are funded by the European Commission-backed Interreg Baltic programme and are a part of the Nordic Council’s activities as “Priority Area Coordinators for Bioeconomy” in EU’s strategy for the BSR.

Elin Larsson (@ElinLarsson3), sustainability director at Scandinavian fashion brand Filippa K (@Filippa_K), is featured in the trailer video. She works with sustainable textile materials, such as paper pulp. Speaking in the video, Larsson says: “Change is very scary for everyone. The whole industry knows what it needs to transform.”

Dr. Christian Patermann, former director at the European Commission and advisor to the German government for bio-economy, also known as the “father” of the bio-economy, is also featured in the video.

He says: “Bio is the most complicated thing in the world. The area is more sophisticated and difficult than others. If you copy and cope with nature you can have new materials with new functions, longer lifetimes, stronger robustness, less resources, and less toxicity in producing etc.

“…Why are we not trying to have an economy which is based primarily on biological resources – our greatest treasure is wood.”

The Nordic Council of Ministers and the Nordic Council are the main forums for official Nordic co-operation, which involves Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland. The Nordic prime ministers want the Nordic Region to be the most integrated region in the world.


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Liz Gyekye
Liz Gyekye
Liz has spent more than ten years working in the waste management and bioenergy sector as a journalist.read more