AFTP Course - Drivers of the Bioeconomy

Organised by AFTP

The biobased economy encompasses much more than our need to find renewable substitutes for oil in the face of climate change and the finite nature of fossil fuels. It is a global issue encompassing sustainability, food production, economic growth and public health.

This module examines the societal drivers that shape the bio-economy and looks at what makes production viable. The need for energy efficiency will be highlighted, along with vertically integrated production pipelines. There will be a focus on global policies and economic trends and we will look at the implications, restrictions and opportunities they present to biobased industries, and we will consider the approaches used to underpin and evaluate them, such as LCA and the application of green chemistry to conversion processes.

On successful completion of this module participants should be able to:

- Discuss societal drivers that shape the bio-economy.
- Appraise factors that make production viable.
- Critically evaluate the restrictions and opportunities provided by global policies and economic trends.
- Demonstrate a fundamental and practical knowledge of energy efficient, vertically integrated production pipelines.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the approaches used to underpin and evaluate the bioeconomy e.g. LCA, green chemistry conversion processes.