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Business Models for a Circular Bioeconomy

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The bioeconomy is considered the renewable segment of the circular economy. In a circular bioeconomy, both of those concepts come together to give rise to systems that use natural and renewable resources to make products of high added value and that try to maintain resources in use for as long as possible, deploying a number of strategies to slow, narrow, and/or close flows of resources.

The need for a transition to a more circular economy and for reducing the dependency on non-renewable resources has long been identified and discussed. However, new business models, and new businesses altogether, are needed if the transition to a circular bioeconomy is to succeed.

Many are the challenges to be overcome in the pursuit of more circular business practices that are also more environmentally sound and based on renewable resources in an environment where these same businesses have to compete with traditional ones, that follow a linear thinking and are many times based on non-renewable, cheap resources, and that are malicious to the environment. Moreover, although bioeconomy businesses might also benefit from a set of opportunities that facilitate the adoption and/or management of more circular practices, they might not yet be aware of those such opportunities, which is all the more reason to deepen research on the theme and bring to light what factors can contribute to the success of businesses in a circular bioeconomy.


This Research Topic explores “Business Models for a Circular Bioeconomy” as a way to guide and accelerate the transition to a more renewable and circular economy based on bioresources. Further research is needed to understand how bioeconomy businesses can adopt and manage circular practices while being able to compete with traditional (linear) and non-bio-based businesses.

There is an inherent need to investigate and understand what paths bioeconomy businesses can follow in order to establish practices that support greater circularity and renewability while being economically sound, and what the effects of these practices are from an environmental, social, and economic perspectives. It is also necessary to investigate what contributes to the success or failure of businesses in a circular bioeconomy, who the stakeholders that take part in these processes are, and what their roles are.


Papers may address, but are not limited in scope to, the following:

·      Key aspects and issues for designing business models in a circular bioeconomy

·      Factors of success and/or failure for businesses in a circular bioeconomy

·      Environmental, social, and/or economic assessment of circular bioeconomy businesses

·      Implications of company size for circular bioeconomy businesses

·      How circular bioeconomy businesses can contribute to greater sustainability

·      Contributions of the circular bioeconomy to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

·      How the collaboration among different stakeholders can help develop businesses in a circular bioeconomy

·      The role of the government, and how policies can affect the development of businesses in a circular bioeconomy

·      The role of technological advancement for the development of businesses in a circular bioeconomy


This Research Topic accepts contributions of the following types: Original Research, Review, Policy and Practice Reviews, Community Case Study, Conceptual Analysis, Perspective, Policy Brief, Data Report, General Commentary, and Opinion.


Keywords: Circular Economy; Circular Bioeconomy; Bioeconomy; Circular Business Model; Business Innovation; New Business Models


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

The bioeconomy is considered the renewable segment of the circular economy. In a circular bioeconomy, both of those concepts come together to give rise to systems that use natural and renewable resources to make products of high added value and that try to maintain resources in use for as long as possible, deploying a number of strategies to slow, narrow, and/or close flows of resources.

The need for a transition to a more circular economy and for reducing the dependency on non-renewable resources has long been identified and discussed. However, new business models, and new businesses altogether, are needed if the transition to a circular bioeconomy is to succeed.

Many are the challenges to be overcome in the pursuit of more circular business practices that are also more environmentally sound and based on renewable resources in an environment where these same businesses have to compete with traditional ones, that follow a linear thinking and are many times based on non-renewable, cheap resources, and that are malicious to the environment. Moreover, although bioeconomy businesses might also benefit from a set of opportunities that facilitate the adoption and/or management of more circular practices, they might not yet be aware of those such opportunities, which is all the more reason to deepen research on the theme and bring to light what factors can contribute to the success of businesses in a circular bioeconomy.


This Research Topic explores “Business Models for a Circular Bioeconomy” as a way to guide and accelerate the transition to a more renewable and circular economy based on bioresources. Further research is needed to understand how bioeconomy businesses can adopt and manage circular practices while being able to compete with traditional (linear) and non-bio-based businesses.

There is an inherent need to investigate and understand what paths bioeconomy businesses can follow in order to establish practices that support greater circularity and renewability while being economically sound, and what the effects of these practices are from an environmental, social, and economic perspectives. It is also necessary to investigate what contributes to the success or failure of businesses in a circular bioeconomy, who the stakeholders that take part in these processes are, and what their roles are.


Papers may address, but are not limited in scope to, the following:

·      Key aspects and issues for designing business models in a circular bioeconomy

·      Factors of success and/or failure for businesses in a circular bioeconomy

·      Environmental, social, and/or economic assessment of circular bioeconomy businesses

·      Implications of company size for circular bioeconomy businesses

·      How circular bioeconomy businesses can contribute to greater sustainability

·      Contributions of the circular bioeconomy to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

·      How the collaboration among different stakeholders can help develop businesses in a circular bioeconomy

·      The role of the government, and how policies can affect the development of businesses in a circular bioeconomy

·      The role of technological advancement for the development of businesses in a circular bioeconomy


This Research Topic accepts contributions of the following types: Original Research, Review, Policy and Practice Reviews, Community Case Study, Conceptual Analysis, Perspective, Policy Brief, Data Report, General Commentary, and Opinion.


Keywords: Circular Economy; Circular Bioeconomy; Bioeconomy; Circular Business Model; Business Innovation; New Business Models


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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17 August 2021 Manuscript

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