Areas of research at IndEcol

Bioeconomy

Many future primary energy supply and land use scenarios envisage a future that is more heavily reliant on terrestrial ecosystems to supply food, fiber, and energy than at present.

The scale of the transformation challenge is enormous:  in a world in which there will be increasing competition for land resources, a stabilization of the global temperature rise requires to phase out fossil fuels by relying more on biomass resources for the production of energy and materials. 

Research activities at IndEcol address the complexities at the interface among bioeconomy, land use and climate. We produced numerous peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals on the topic, some of which in top quality journals, and three researchers served as Contributing Authors in Working Group III of the 5th IPCC Assessment Report (Chapter 7 “Energy Systems” and Chapter 11 “AFOLU”).

We focus our research on the effects of changes in management under increasing societal demands and climate change and on the integrated impact assessment of conversion technologies. The overarching objective is the identification of optimal resource management and utilization patterns for meeting future increasing demands for biomaterials while at the same time mitigate climate change.