Green, circular, bio economy : A comparative analysis of sustainability avenues

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dc.contributor.author D'Amato, D.
dc.contributor.author Droste, N.
dc.contributor.author Allen, B.
dc.contributor.author Kettunen, M.
dc.contributor.author Lähtinen, K.
dc.contributor.author Korhonen, J.
dc.contributor.author Leskinen, P.
dc.contributor.author Matthies, B. D.
dc.contributor.author Toppinen, A.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-24T13:06:01Z
dc.date.available 2018-01-24T13:06:01Z
dc.date.issued 2017-12-01
dc.identifier.citation D'Amato , D , Droste , N , Allen , B , Kettunen , M , Lähtinen , K , Korhonen , J , Leskinen , P , Matthies , B D & Toppinen , A 2017 , ' Green, circular, bio economy : A comparative analysis of sustainability avenues ' , Journal of Cleaner Production , vol. 168 , pp. 716-734 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.09.053
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dc.identifier.other WOS: 000414817700067
dc.identifier.other Scopus: 85030721949
dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0003-0910-1505/work/40895816
dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0001-9266-2260/work/61899263
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/231508
dc.description.abstract Despite their evidently different assumptions and operationalization strategies, the concepts of Circular Economy, Green Economy and Bioeconomy are joined by the common ideal to reconcile economic, environmental and social goals. The three concepts are currently mainstreamed in academia and policy making as key sustainability avenues, but a comparative analysis of such concepts is missing. The aim of this article is thus to comprehensively analyse the diversity within and between such concepts. The results are drawn from a bibliometric review of almost two thousand scientific articles published within the last three decades, coupled with a conceptual analysis. We find that, for what concerns environmental sustainability, Green Economy acts as an 'umbrella' concept, including elements from Circular Economy and Bioeconomy concepts (e.g. eco-efficiency; renewables), as well as additional ideas, e.g. nature-based solutions. In particular, Circular Economy and Bioeconomy are resource-focused, whereas in principle Green Economy acknowledges the underpinning role of all ecological processes. Regarding the social dimension, Green Economy is more inclusive of some aspects at local level (e.g. eco-tourism, education), while there is an emerging discussion in Bioeconomy literature around local processes in terms of biosecurity and rural policies. When considering weak/strong sustainability visions, all concepts remain limited in questioning economic growth. By comparing the different sustainability strategies promoted by these concepts we do not advocate for their substitutability, but for their clarification and reciprocal integration. The findings are discussed in light of the concepts' synergies and limits, with the purpose to inform research and policy implementation. (C) 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. en
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Journal of Cleaner Production
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dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Bioeconomy
dc.subject Circular economy
dc.subject Green economy
dc.subject Sustainability
dc.subject Machine learning
dc.subject Latent dirichlet allocation
dc.subject BIOECONOMY
dc.subject COMMUNITIES
dc.subject TECHNOLOGY
dc.subject STRATEGIES
dc.subject INNOVATION
dc.subject GROWTH
dc.subject 1172 Environmental sciences
dc.title Green, circular, bio economy : A comparative analysis of sustainability avenues en
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.organization University of Helsinki
dc.contributor.organization Department of Forest Sciences
dc.contributor.organization Forest Bioeconomy, Business and Sustainability
dc.contributor.organization Forest Economics, Business and Society
dc.description.reviewstatus Peer reviewed
dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.09.053
dc.relation.issn 0959-6526
dc.rights.accesslevel openAccess
dc.type.version publishedVersion
dc.relation.funder Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation
dc.relation.funder Metsäteollisuustuotteiden Vientikaupan Edistämissäätiö
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