970017 Resource efficiency and bioeconomy of wood and natural-materials (in Eng.)

Vorlesung und Seminar
Vortragende/r (Mitwirkende/r)
Wimmer, Rupert
Department für Agrarbiotechnologie Tulln
Angeboten im Semester
Sommersemester 2018
Unterrichts-/ Lehrsprachen


Environment and society: global developments.
Resource efficiency, material efficiency, sustainability.
Cascadic utilization of wood and its assessment;
Biorefinery concepts
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)

Inhaltliche Voraussetzungen (erwartete Kenntnisse)

General understanding of the forest-based industry sector


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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