MOOC: Economics and Policies in a Biobased Economy

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Lead your company to make the switch to biobased resources and build a profitable sustainable business. Learn how to deal with the economics and policies governing this transition and the implementation and learn how to measure the outcome in this free MOOC from WUR (Wageningen University & Research)

Are you responsible for dealing with the economics and policies governing the transition- and implementation of biobased products and resources? Join the course Economics and Policies in a Biobased Economy and discover the whole value chain from Research & Development, over application, processing, retailing and final demand. Learn how the value chain and the rents and their distribution along the chain are affected by policies. Examples such as the benefits and costs of developing, cultivating, and marketing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) will be discussed extensively.

Upgrade your knowledge about the recent trends in the circular economy and in sustainable business. Know how to measure adoption and environmental benefits, learn about the benefits and costs and the distribution of sustainable products, market power, approval processes, supply chain, guiding policies and the current social debate.

What you will learn

  • Explain the economic issues and policies affecting the biobased economy at the EU and international level
  • Identify the important factors driving the development of the circular bioeconomy
  • Assess the development of the circular bioeconomy from an economic perspective


MicroMasters programme Business and Economics for a Circular Economy

A series of 3 courses and a final capstone project designed to help you develop the skills needed to seize opportunities and embrace the transition from a fossil-based economy to a biobased one. Explore the other courses in the MicroMasters program, see them here.


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