Rohevik & bioeconomy

This year Rohevik will examine the nature of the bioeconomy and options in implementing its principles. The festival now has a broader mission – we are helping to implement the operational programme of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, of which the bioeconomy is a part. The Nordic Council of Ministers coordinates the implementation of the bioeconomy within the scope of the strategy. We and our partners have already mapped the most interesting areas and are now trying to boost the importance of the bioeconomy in Baltic Sea countries via the creation of networks and cooperation.

The need for energy is increasing around the world, but fossil fuels are being exhausted or becoming increasingly difficult to extract. Part of the world’s population is starving whilst elsewhere obesity is on the rise and one-third of the food produced for people is being thrown away – 1.3 billion tons per year. Natural fish reserves are running out, but classic fish farms place a huge burden on the environment, and so on.

The solution to these contradictory problems can be found by embracing the bioeconomy –  that is, more prudent use of resources, as well as innovative methods for the production and use of biomass.  In simple terms, the goal of the bioeconomy is to implement more efficient use of biomass, producing as much value from a unit of biomass as possible and thereby reducing all environmental risks. In Europe, the bioeconomy has an annual turnover of more than 2 trillion euros and provides jobs to around 22 million people.

The primary goal of Rohevik is to explain what this bioeconomy that is expected to benefit the economy and the environment actually is – a bioeconomy that should offer solutions to many of today’s key issues, like climate change, differences in rural and urban development, increasing environmental burden, resource efficiency, food safety and availability, waste management and innovative economic activities.

On the other hand, the organisers of Rohevik want to help implement the bioeconomy in the Baltic Sea region in a situation where it already plays an important role in the decisions and future of many European countries. Companies are creating new business models, and demand for research that opens up the opportunities offered by the bioeconomy is increasing. The Baltic Sea region has a great starting point here.


Rohevik 2014 in Tartu: Bioeconomy – Extending the Value Chain in Forestry and Agriculture

We will provide an overview of the bioeconomy and its benefits to business at the Tartu forum of Rohevik to be held at the Estonian University of Life Sciences on 25 September. We will focus on value chains related to forestry and wood processing, agriculture and food production, i.e. how to successfully enhance timber, agricultural produce and the by-products and waste generated through processing.

These topics were chosen in consideration of the interests of the research and development institutions that cooperate with entrepreneurs and business organisations.

The Tartu forum of Rohevik is being organised by the Nordic Council of Ministers, Tartu Regional Energy Agency, Tartu Science Park, the Estonian University of Life Sciences, the City of Tartu and the Association of Local Authorities in Tartu County.


Rohevik 2014 in Tallinn: Blue Bioeconomy – Mapping and Cooperation

The unused opportunities of marine resources and aquaculture in the Nordic countries and Baltic States will be mapped in a roundtable and workshop format. The objective is to identify shortcomings in resource mapping and to obtain an overview of the development premises of aquaculture. This will be followed by attempts to find the best way of using biomass originating from the sea/water, i.e. how to use, produce and enhance biomass obtained from water as successfully as possible whilst taking into account the requirements of sustainability.

The exact time and place of the roundtable/workshop will be clarified in autumn. The Estonian office of the Nordic Council of Ministers looks forward to your suggestions regarding cooperation and opening up the topic.