We believe that the opportunities and challenges we face in Europe for continued prosperity are intrinsically linked to the growth of a restorative, regenerative European circular bioeconomy.
In this vision we see materials and energy derived from biowastes and agricultural by-products, from renewable, sustainably grown, bio-based resources including those harvested from the sea, that complement food production, are returned through systemic management to soil, to enhance and ensure the long-term viability of agricultural production in Europe. Soil provides us with 95% of our food- its continued exploitation is unsustainable and is causing erosion and declining quality.
Regeneration of soils and improved biodiversity of our natural capital through restorative, circular management of energy and materials, are essential to inverting the tendency to worsening ecological quality.
Our Mission is for the advancement of the European Economy, the regeneration of our Environment, the sustainability of our Agriculture, the development of Scientific Research and the Health of our Citizens.
We have to stop thinking about unlimited growth
The Earth has its ecological boundaries and unlimited, continual economic growth has gone beyond the capacity of the planet both to provide feedstock for unlimited growth and to absorb the by- products of growth. The planets’ natural sinks are finite, and they are already exhausted. Population growth has slowed dramatically, presenting us a window of opportunity to overcome ecological imbalances.
We have to create systems and economy that are regenerative and transformative triggering a cultural change by making more with less
Human activity has created well-being but has also resulted in ecosystem destruction, depletion of resources and over-exploitation of both plant and animal species. The Club of Rome prediction of 1972 is finally becoming the reality that the next generation of humans will have to deal with.
We have to stop the degradation and pollution of soil, air and water and use renewable resources whose applications mimic Nature by being biodegradable
The bioeconomy is already a major contributor to the European economy; however, its potential has not been fully realised as a regenerative instrument for well-being. The bioeconomy needs to become circular so that we use materials and energy that derive from plant-based resources and return them soil to regenerate it. We agree with and adhere to the 4 per 1000 initiative launched by France within the Global Climate Action Plan (GCAA) adopted by the UNFCCC at COP 22.
We should produce materials and products with a vision of the systems into which they will be managed throughout their life cycle and aim to implement those systems through policies
Materials and products are too often placed upon global markets with no thought for the ecological consequences they may have. Usually, there is no consideration of the systems into which these materials fit and how they can improve system management- for example, of waste or food production.
We have to avoid substitution and work to change consumption models, moving to circular use of materials, privileging prevention and reduction of waste and re-use of products.
As we move rapidly from a fossil fuel economy to one based upon the use of renewable energies and materials, we need to understand that simple substitution of fossil-based materials with renewable materials is not a change of paradigm but a continuation of wasteful use of resources.