Forests, forestry and the forest-based sector are the cornerstone of the European bioeconomy, and a major contributor to climate change mitigation.

CASTLE - Careers in Sustainability Excellence

The scientific program of CASTLE refined and improved state-of-the art sustainability assessment methods and applied them to current sustainability challenges in industry and policy making. With its training program CASTLE imparted a wide range of methods and skills. It covered, among other topics, assessments of direct environmental, economic and social sustainability impacts like GHG-emissions, carbon footprint, structures beneficial for biological diversity, water consumption and pollution, land use, value added.

BECOTEPS - Bio-Economy Technology Platforms Join Forces to Address Synergies and Gaps between Their Strategic Agendas

The concept of European Technology Platforms (ETPs) was developed by the European Commission starting in 2003, with the first ETPs emerging in 2004. The aim of ETPs is to contribute to European competitiveness, boost research performance, concentrate efforts and address fragmentation across Europe. The nine ETPs that focus on the Knowledge-Based Bio-Technology (KBBE) join forces in this support action ‘BECOTEPS’. The main objectives and the respective activities were:

Analysis of Potential and Costs of LULUCF (Land use, Land use Change and Forestry) use by EU Member States

The aim of the project was to analyze the implications of various policy options of how to deal with emissions and removals from Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) activities by considering the potential (net) emissions reductions and the associated costs. Specifically, the following tasks were carried out: