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Bioeconomy Factsheet - Netherlands

Category: feedstocks,bioenergy,biobased,biorefining,biofuels,nnfcc
Published: 26/06/2015
Author: Dr C. Burns, NNFCC, UK; Dr W. Logghe, REWIN, Netherlands; Dr H. Dekkers, REWIN, Netherlands.
This factsheet is part of our series of guides outlining "Need to Know" information about the bioeconomy in Europe.

BioBase NWE

The factsheet was produced through the Interreg IVB NWE Bio Base NWE project. 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 Bioeconomy 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 the Netherlands' bioeconomy innovation technology system. It includes the key government interventions, research initiatives, networks and finance instruments, in the Netherlands.

Bioeconomy Governance

The Bioeconomy is mainly governed by:
Cabinet of Economic Affairs, Agriculture, and Innovation
Regional development agencies

Bioeconomy Strategies

Strategy documents:

  • Hoofdlijnennotitie Biobased Economy (2012) is a mid- and long term vision and strategy for the biobased economy. The strategy was the result of an on-going interaction between business, society, and science, stimulated by policy makers, including Sociaal-Economische Raad (SER), and the Commissie Duurzaamheidsvraagstukken Biomassa (CDB).
  • Groene Groei: voor een sterke, duurzame economie (2013) jointly addresses economic growth and environmental improvement, and continued support for the bioeconomy.

The Dutch Government have also coordinated agreements between stakeholders, to align strategies towards a bioeconomy:

  • The Manifest Bio-based Economy (2011): signed by 43 stakeholders (business and NGOs), to support the development of a sustainable biobased economy.
  • Green Deals: co-operation between Government and societal initiatives, to develop sustainable projects, by removing obstacles and achieve more rapid results, eg. for community renewable energy projects.
  • The Innovation Contract for the Biobased Economy is a joined agenda of over 100 companies developed by industry and research organisations in 2012, containing working packages from more basic research to valorisation.

More information 

For more information about the Dutch bioeconomy, please download the factsheet, 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: