970315 Resource efficiency and bioeconomy of bio-based materials

Lecture and seminar
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Hysek, Stepan , Gübitz, Georg , Wimmer, Rupert
Offered in
Sommersemester 2024
Languages of instruction


•Environment and society: global developments
•Resource efficiency, material efficiency, sustainability
•Cascadic utilization of wood and its assessment;
•Material resource efficiency and economic development
•Assessment of resource material efficiency
•Improvement of resource efficiency, innovation strategies
•Resource efficiency in agriculture, forestry, and industry sectors (examples)
•Bioeconomy: definitions, international strategies, and scenarios
•Sustainable bioeconomy, bioeconomy „at all costs“, ethical aspects
•Governance in bioeconomy
•Wood-based bioeconomy
•Products from renewable materials and wastes (building materials and insulation, bio-based composites, biopolymers, bio-based lightweight-materials, bio-based special products, and others)

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Students can define qualitatively and quantitatively resource efficiency with respect to the bio-based economy sector. This is linked to a solid understanding of bioeconomy sensu lato, including knowledge of currently defined international strategies. Students can discuss critical and controversial issues that are linked to bioeconomy, including also aspects of ethics and governance. As the wood-based bioeconomy is a central message of this course, students can name and define best-practice examples that are of potential relevance in the future.
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