The Socio-Environmental Challenges in the Transition to Sustainable Bioeconomy: A Review

Oláh, Judit and Chuluunbaatar, Erdenebayar and Balázs, Ervin and Popp, József (2023) The Socio-Environmental Challenges in the Transition to Sustainable Bioeconomy: A Review. ACTA MONTANISTICA SLOVACA, 28 (1). pp. 98-112. ISSN 1335-1788

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The bioeconomy has been proposed worldwide as a way to combat global environmental and socio-economic challenges, from climate change to income diversification and food security. Consequently, the term "bioeconomy" has gained considerable attention in the economic field over the last 15 years. Interestingly, an alleged global sustainable development model has become the subject of intense sustainability debate among researchers in recent years. The sustainability of the bioeconomy itself remains unanswered today. Most of the previous studies on sustainable bioeconomy focused on the analysis of the impacts on technology related to environmental issues while overlooking the socio-environmental implications and excluding society. Meanwhile, various studies highlight potential socio-environmental negative impacts associated with the new economic model. It is possible that the increased use of biological resources could further compromise ecosystems and create increasing social and ethical issues. Furthermore, this economic model could bring new environmental challenges related to the excessive use of soil and water. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to examine and identify potential socio-environmental sustainability challenges and pitfalls that need to be addressed in order to ensure a successful transition to a sustainable bioeconomy. Following a systematic literature review, scientific studies and field reports were selected for this review after searching Google Scholar, Web of Science and Scopus databases. The results identified a number of potential key socio-environmental concerns related to the transition to the bioeconomy.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: bioeconomy, sustainable bioeconomy, sustainability risks, bioeconomy risks, conceptual framework
Subjects: H Social Sciences / társadalomtudományok > HB Economic Theory / közgazdaságtudomány > HB3 Economic systems / gazdasági rendszerek
T Technology / alkalmazott, műszaki tudományok > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering / környezetvédelem, hulladékkezelés, egészségügyi mérnöki technika (ivóvízellátási és szennyvízkezelési technika) > TD169-TD171.8 Protection of environment / környezetvédelem
Depositing User: Enikő Pergéné Szabó
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2023 10:51
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2023 10:51

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