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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2021

Social Acceptance of Forest-Based Bioeconomy-Swedish Consumers' Perspectives on a Low Carbon Transition

Nagy, Emil; Rustas, Carolina Berg; Mark-Herbert, Cecilia;

Abstract

The concept of the bioeconomy is associated with sustainable development changes and involves transitions in both production and consumption within systems. Many of these transitions relate to using renewable resources, like forest biomass, to meet basic needs, such as food, energy and housing. However, consumers must become aware of the forest-based bioeconomy so that they can contribute to the transition. This study aims to contribute to an understanding of this matter that may lead to social acceptance of the forest-based bioeconomy and, in particular, to Swedish consumer awareness of the concept and of a particular product (wooden multi-story buildings) representing the forest-based bioeconomy. The results show consumer awareness of forest sequestration capacity but less awareness of the connection to the forest-based bioeconomy and the role of wooden multi-story buildings. The results indicate a slow transition that is hindered by path dependence and limited comprehension among consumers of the effects of their choices for a forest-based bioeconomy. This study provides valuable insights for future studies of how consumer awareness and social acceptance of the forest-based bioeconomy are interconnected.

Keywords

consumers; citizens; forest-based bioeconomy; low carbon transition; perceptions; wooden multi-story buildings

Published in

Sustainability

2021, volume: 13, number: 14, article number: 7628
Publisher: MDPI

Authors' information

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Forest Economics
Berg Rustas, Carolina
No organisation
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Forest Economics

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG7 Affordable and clean energy
SDG11 Sustainable cities and communities
SDG12 Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

UKÄ Subject classification

Economics

Publication Identifiers

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/su13147628

URI (permanent link to this page)

https://res.slu.se/id/publ/113240