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      Situating a sustainable bioeconomy strategy on a map of justice: a solution and its problems

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      Environment, Development and Sustainability
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          The European Union’s 2018 updated bioeconomy strategy A Sustainable Bioeconomy for Europe: Strengthening the connection between economy, society and the environment aims to fulfill the requirements of sustainability and justice while transitioning economy from fossil-based to bio-based. We ask whether and to what extent the economically ambitious strategy succeeds in achieving its non-economic goals. We present a map of justice that shows the tensions and alliances between key interpretations of equality, identify the definition of sustainability informing the strategy, and show how this definition steers the strategy toward a limited view of justice that is geared to ignore social and ecological concerns. The governance framework that the strategy adheres to is the 2015 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals approach, which is an outgrowth of the 1987 Brundtland Commission’s view on sustainability. Since this framework forms the basis of many other international environmental agreements, our observations are largely applicable to them, too. From the viewpoint of justice, comprehensively understood, the whole system is, and has since the Brundtland Report been, fundamentally flawed.

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                Environment, Development and Sustainability
                Environ Dev Sustain
                Springer Science and Business Media LLC
                1387-585X
                1573-2975
                October 21 2022
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                10.1007/s10668-022-02720-w
                de81f8af-2a32-4b57-b8a6-01eae4649a3e
                © 2022

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