SYMOBIO: Systemic monitoring and modeling of the bioeconomy

SYMOBIO creates the scientific basis for the development of a monitoring and modeling system for the German bioeconomy. The monitoring system is intended to support the development of the bioeconomy towards the sustainability goals of the Agenda 2030, in particular with regard to food security, climate-neutral production and the preservation of biodiversity. The aim is to establish a regular monitoring of the German bioeconomy, which will provide a comprehensive overview and insights into important aspects, including key drivers and relevant change processes. The system is based on different ecological footprints (material, forest, agricultural, water, climate) which are analyzed under consideration of international trade linkages.

Within the project, ifeu is examining the possibilities of using and expanding the data and indicators collected in certification procedures and product life cycle assessments for monitoring purposes. The aim is to assess the role that product life cycle assessment can play as an instrument and decision-making aid in the field of the bioeconomy. Furthermore, it will be investigated which methodological approaches and findings from product life cycle assessment can be used for monitoring the bioeconomy.


March 2017 – February 2020


Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung - Federal Ministry for Education and Research


University of Kassel (UNI KASSEL)
Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research GmbH – UFZ
Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum (DBFZ)
Gesellschaft für Wirtschaftliche Strukturforschung mbH (GWS), Institute of Economic Structures Research
Öko-Institut, Institute for Applied Ecology (Öko)
INFRO Information Systems for Resources
Meo Carbon Solutions (MEO)

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