The circular household; functional and sustainable use of wood resources

An image of the future: One morning in 2050... people are getting up in a 20-storey wooden apartment building. Managing to drag themselves from beneath the warmth of their woodfibre blanket, they shave or apply woodbased cosmetics, and are ready for breakfast. At the table, the family pour cereals from their paper box into a biocomposite bowl, milk from the beverage carton, coffee into the paper cup. Sophisticated paper tissue products allow for quick clean-up. They have time to pick up their own tailor-made newspaper, sent directly from the web to their bio-composite printer or read the news form large tablets with wood based batteries. The bus is coming. It is biofuel powered. The air is cleaner than that breathed by their parents. The passing cars are also made of bio-composites derived from wood and powered by hybrid or bio-diesel engines. In order to make this future possible an enormous transformation needs to take place in industry and society, requiring technological breakthroughs, incentives by policies and new business models based on renewable resources.   

The work will cover challenges on circular economy and climate through an analysis of one concrete region: Province of Gelderland.

The work will take place within recent frameworks of the National Climate Agreement and its Climate Envelop focussing on avoiding emissions in agriculture and forestry with regional pilots, Circular farming (new directions for agricultural developments in the Netherlands), regional innovation strategies (RIS3), Circular Action Plan of the province of Gelderland, with a focus on lignocellulose, paper and textile industries, the Climate ambitions of the province of Gelderland.

Innovations have social implications as well, regarding societal acceptance and the societal uptake of the innovation. It involves topics/ issues such as awareness raising, knowledge transfer, coalition building, addressing and coping with resistance (lock-ins) (e.g. by compensating for real losses instead of just enforcing new realities), trust building, institutionalizing new practices. awareness and understanding of the value of biobased innovations and products, ethical issues