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2021/2022

Sustainable Bioeconomy

Type: Mago-Lego
When: 3, 4 module
Open to: students of all HSE University campuses
Language: English
ECTS credits: 3

Course Syllabus

Abstract

Sustainable bioeconomy has become a top priority in our current global economic, political and business environment as it affects everything from the environment and our health to economic growth. Today bioeconomy drives moving from a traditional Take-Make-Waste economy to a “circular economy”, which is based on the principles of designing out waste and pollution. However moving to a sustainable bioeconomy requires a fundamental shift in how we conceive under product development and the very business models that drive our organisations as well. This course is designed to help you rethink the growing business case for sustainable solutions and what the future of business looks like with sustainability in mind. You will learn how to use sustainability as a competitive advantage and drive business growth in a post-pandemic world. You will also learn how to manage and lead a sustainable business by incorporating circular economy principles into your strategies to support sustainable growth. By the end of this course, you will be able to describe the three dimensions of sustainability (society, environment and economy) and how they interrelate, explane how to build a culture of sustainability, plot steps for developing a sustainable business model.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Provide students a basic princples on the sustainable development and methodology for Sustainability Assessment; introduce students with the Environmental Sustainability Indicators for the Bioeconomy focuced in the forest-based sector value chain
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Knows key principles of the sustainable development and methodology for Sustainability Assessment
  • Has basic skills to calculate Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) indicators in the forest-based sector value chain
  • Can reflect upon and evaluate perspective scenarios to Transition to a Sustainable Bioeconomy
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • A Framework for Measuring Sustainability Goals.
    Three dimensions to Sustainability: environmental, social and governance (ESG) and the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs). Methodology for Sustainability Assessment. The sustainability initiatives being employed by some of the world’s most recognizable companies and brands.
  • Introduction to Bioeconomy.
    Forest and bioeconomy: setting the scene. Current Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) indicators in the forest-based sector value chain. Measuring and assessing a forest-based bioeconomy. Environmental Sustainability Indicators for the Bioeconomy. Challenges and Gaps in Sustainability Assessment in Bioeconomy. The economic importance of the circular bioeconomy, the important driving factors.
  • Transition to a Sustainable Bioeconomy.
    A Macroeconomic Perspective on Green Growth. Future pathways to Bioeconomy Transition for developed and developing countries. Opportunities and risks for Russia. Sustainability-Driven New Business Models in Wood Construction Towards 2030.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Homework
  • non-blocking In-class assignments
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.5 * Homework + 0.5 * In-class assignments
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Iris Lewandowski. (2017). Bioeconomy : Shaping the Transition to a Sustainable, Biobased Economy (Vol. 1st ed. 2018). Springer.
  • Walter Leal Filho, Diana Mihaela Pociovălișteanu, Paulo Roberto Borges de Brito, & Ismar Borges de Lima. (2018). Towards a Sustainable Bioeconomy: Principles, Challenges and Perspectives. Springer.

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Jörundsdottir, H. O., Kristófersson, D. M., Björnsdóttir, B., Djurhuus, R., Erbs-Maibing, S., Gunnarsdóttir, R., Hoydal, K., Hreggviðsson, G. O., Ingvarsson, G. B., Jacobsen, B., Jessen, A., Johannessen, B., Kristinsson, H. G., Laksá Unn, Magnúsdóttir, L., Smáradóttir, S. E., Smárason, B., Solberg, S. Ø., Stefánsdóttir, E. K., & Þórðarson, G. (2014). Future Opportunities for Bioeconomy in the West Nordic Countries. Nordic Council of Ministers.