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

Nagy, Emil and Berg Rustas, Carolina and Mark-Herbert, Cecilia (2021). Social Acceptance of Forest-Based Bioeconomy-Swedish Consumers' Perspectives on a Low Carbon Transition. Sustainability. 13 , 7628
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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.

Authors/Creators:Nagy, Emil and Berg Rustas, Carolina and Mark-Herbert, Cecilia
Title:Social Acceptance of Forest-Based Bioeconomy-Swedish Consumers' Perspectives on a Low Carbon Transition
Series Name/Journal:Sustainability
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:13
Article number:7628
Number of Pages:16
Publisher:MDPI
ISSN:2071-1050
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 502 Economics and Business > Economics
Keywords:consumers, citizens, forest-based bioeconomy, low carbon transition, perceptions, wooden multi-story buildings
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-113240
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-113240
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DOI10.3390/su13147628
Web of Science (WoS)000676957700001
ID Code:25125
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Economics
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:31 Aug 2021 07:25
Metadata Last Modified:31 Aug 2021 07:31

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