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Bioeconomy Factsheet - Germany

Category: feedstocks,bioenergy,biobased,biorefining,biofuels,nnfcc
Published: 26/06/2015
Author: Dr C. Burns, NNFCC, UK; M. Rehberger, University of Kassel, Germany; Dr C. Lange, CLIB2021, Germany; and Dr E. Hodgson, Aberystwyth University, UK.
This factsheet is part of our series of guides outlining "Need to Know" information about the bioeconomy in Europe.

The factsheet was produced through the Climate-KIC Biohorizons and the Interreg IVB NWE Bio Base NWE projects.​


The Climate-KIC Biohorizons project was led by Dr Edward Hodgson, Aberystwyth University, UK and co-ordinated by NNFCC, UK. Project partners were Imperial College, UK, South Pole Carbon Ltd. Switzerland; University of Valencia, Spain; University of Bologna, Italy; PANNON Pro Innovation Services Ltd. Hungary; University of Kassel, Germany; INRA, France.

BioBase NWE

The Bio Base NWE partnership consists of seven European organisations, Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant, Belgium; Bio Base Europe Training Centre, The Netherlands; NNFCC, UK; Technology Centre for Biorefining and Bioenergy (TCBB), Republic of Ireland, CLIB2021, Germany; REWIN, The Netherlands and Gent Bioenergy Valley, Belgium.

The Bio Base NWE project has now come to an end. However, BioBase4SME is a new 3-year project launched in 2016, as a continuation of BioBaseNWE with additional support services for SMEs.​

Factsheet Overview

This factsheet gives an overview of Germany's bioeconomy innovation technology system. It includes the key government interventions, research initiatives, networks and finance instruments, in Germany.

Bioeconomy Governance

The key government bodies are the:
Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture
Bioeconomy council (independent advisory body to the German Government, consisting of experts from research and industry)

Bioeconomy Strategies

The role of the bioeconomy council was to give recommendations on what to include in the following strategies:

  • National Research strategy on bioeconomy 2030 (2010)
  • National Policy Strategy on bioeconomy (2013) 
  • These strategies feature strong interrelations to other governmental initiatives with an effect on the bioeconomy such as:
  • Raw Materials Strategy (2010)
  • The German resource efficiency programme (2012)
  • Biorefinery Roadmap 2012

More information

For more information about the German bioeconomy please download the factsheet above, or contact Dr Caitlin Burns, NNFCC.

Bioeconomy Factsheet Series 

This factsheet series provides a concise summary of how different EU governments are supporting the growth of the bioeconomy through policy, strategy and research.​ Other Factsheets in this series include: