Whereas ScanBalt is already well known for its high emphasis on cross-sectoral and transnational projects for Innovation in Health and in Life Sciences, the growing field of bioeconomy has yet an enormous potential to grow. Regarding the huge efforts recently made by nearly all Baltic Sea states to set up national bioeconomy strategies, ScanBalt aims to help to transfer political goals to practical action.
These activities perfectly fit the European Green Deal. The Green Deal is a roadmap of policy initiatives to boost the efficient use of resources and accelerate the movement towards a clean and circular economy in Europe. The deal is clearly related to the vision of a sustainable healthcare sector. On one hand, the sector has an essential role in treating the health impacts of climate change, but on the other hand, it contributes significantly to harmful emissions. Areas such as climate-smart hospitals, safer and cleaner pharmaceutical manufacturing and disposal, sustainable food production, chemical pollution, and its impact on human diseases as well as sustainable procurement of medical products, are all relevant. Scanbalt and its member have now the opportunity to take a lead and drive the research and implementation of sustainable healthcare products and services.
To tackle these topics ScanBalt is currently establishing a bioeconomy working group. The goals of the working group bioeconomy in ScanBalt are currently the following:
- Defining objectives more precisely, focusing on the creation of added value for all partners
- Concretization towards calls and project partnerships
- Acquisition of joint projects
- Matching research and entrepreneurship to develop new bioeconomic products in a cross-border approach
- join forces to establish a sustainable bioeconomy network in the Baltic Sea Region