Community of Practice Workshop “Shaping the EU Bioeconomy Monitoring System: a first discussion on indicators to include”

The updated EU Bioeconomy Strategy puts forward an action plan to drive a sustainable and circular bioeconomy that serves Europe’s society, environment and economy. As part of this plan the EU Commission commits to build an EU-wide monitoring system to track economic, environmental and social progress towards a sustainable bioeconomy.

Press release - 08 Oct 2019

In November 2018 the JRC organized  a first workshop of the Community of Practice on Bioeconomy, entitled “Setting the scene for monitoring the economic, environmental and social progress of the EU bioeconomy”. The workshop looked into existing monitoring approaches for the bioeconomy or related fields. At the event experts illustrated the methodological background and progress achieved on various monitoring systems across the EU and shared lessons learned.

In June 2019 the JRC have organized a second Community of Practice workshop entitled “Shaping the EU Bioeconomy Monitoring System: a first discussion on indicators to include”. On that occasion experts have been invited to discuss the methodological framework proposed by the JRC for the EU Bioeconomy Monitoring System. In particular, the workshop has provided the opportunity to assess a first list of indicators with respect to their robustness and relevance to the bioeconomy and their ability to target the Sustainable Development Goals. Possible gaps in such set of indicators have been identified, alongside recommendations on aggregate and system-level indicators.The workshop has also been contributed to creating a network of experts working on the topic.

The event was attended by representatives of the BioMonitor team: Justus Wesseler (Wageningen University, co-ordinator of BioMonitor), Stephan Piotrowski (NOVA), Robert M’Barek and Tevecia Ronzon (JRC).
During Session 2, Robert M’Barek and Tevecia Ronzon co-presented the session “All-sector approaches: Experiences of socio-economic indicators and H2020 BioMonitor”.

The full report of the workshop “Shaping the EU Bioeconomy Monitoring System: a first discussion on indicators to include” is now available for download.