How ambitious is the government's first bioeconomy strategy?

The UK government's bioeconomy strategy aims high. With a target to double its impact on the economy by 2030, the government is sending positive signals but with few tangible policies in place, Conor McGlone asks how realistic the target is.

An anaerobic digestion plant.
Anaerobic Digestion is not referenced in the strategy

The government’s first bioeconomy strategy has major aspirations. It sets out a vision that by 2030 “the UK is a global leader in developing, manufacturing, using and exporting bio-based solutions”.

The bioeconomy, which involves understanding mechanisms and processes at the genetic and molecular levels and applying this understanding to creating or improving industrial processes, is a broad concept. It includes processes such as the production of clean energy and transport fuels from waste and industrial by-products, the production of bio-based plastics that decompose and even technologies that use plants to grow vaccines to quickly tackle disease epidemics.

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