In a biobased economy resources for non-food applications are produced from ‘green resources’ (biomass). Non-food applications are for example transport fuels, chemicals, materials and energy (both electricity and heat). It is important that a biobased economy is developed in a sustainable way. Our current economy is a fossil fuel based economy that has to be transformed to a biobased economy.
This minor focusses on this transition from a fossile fuel based economy to a biobased economy. The minor provides a basis in the principles of a biobased economy. Sustainability is a key-issue in a biobased economy and the student will learn how to assess different concepts on their sustainability. Ultimately, it has to be profitable and the students will also learn how to realise a business in a biobased society.
Finally, resources are usually not available at the location where the products are needed. Logistics, carried out in a way that contributes to a sustainable system, is therefore important too. Important issues are scale of production and local versus global production.
After successful completion of this minor students are expected to be able to:
- have basic knowledge of the developments in a biobased economy;
- be able to analyse and quantify the sustainability of a production process;
- understand the social science share of transforming business towards the biobased economy;
- apply qualitative and quantitative methods to support complex decision processed in biobased economies.
Target group and Assumed Knowledge
This minor is interesting for students with a VWO-profile N&T and/or N&G (secondary school profile Science & Technology and/or Science & health).
Second semester (period 4, 5 and 6)
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