Networked value chain

Bio-based economy in the Rhenish region

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The economy in the Rhenish mining region is characterized by a wide variety of sectors. Focal points can be found, for example, in the areas of food, paper, chemicals and plastics, as well as in the textile industry. In the food sector in particular, there is already a bio-based economy, founded on a regionally strong agricultural sector of the Rhenish mining region. The goal is to build on these strengths and establish further, sustainable bio-based value chains. Above all, this means linking a wide variety of companies with each other in a new way, away from their traditional networks. 

The coordination office BioökonomieREVIER provides support in this regard. It offers suitable networking formats, identifies the needs and challenges and develops solutions and technologies based on promising research ideas. Fourteen so-called "innovation labs", which are managed by the coordination office, are among the lighthouse projects to accelerate the innovation transfer from science to practice. 

Bioeconomy is an opportunity for companies of all types: large industrial players but also small and medium-sized companies. Would you like to know how a bioeconomy project can be successfully implemented in your company? Feel free to contact us! 

BioökonomieREVIER business forum: symposium for circular bioeconomy

In focus this time: tangible opportunities for the Rhenish mining region.

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Report series: Potentials of a bioeconomy model region

Which regional strengths and potentials can be exploited to build a bio-based economy in the Rhenish mining region? The BioökonomieREVIER report series provides answers. 

Foci: agriculture and food, industry and exploitation as well as knowledge and education.

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Regional networking
Innovation market BioökonomieREVIER

Looking for innovations for your business? Find out first-hand which innovations currently emerge in different sectors in the Rhenish mining region.  

Seize your digital chance to meet new partners here!

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Model factory for paper production
Climate-neutral paper production

A unique research organization for the paper industry emerges in Düren. Through innovative and disruptive approaches, up to 80% of the energy demand in production is to be saved.

In an interview, Managing Director Peter Bekaert talks about sustainability and explains the link between the model factory for paper and the bioeconomy. 

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Innovation award for bioeconomy startups
BioDENKER awards three young regional companies

EEDEN GerMan, LEROMA and Fibrothelium have been awarded as the most innovative startups for bio-based, sustainable business in the Rhenish mining region!

Their business ideas highlight new perspectives for the regionally important sectors of textiles, food, cosmetics and medical technology - for a circular and sustainable bioeconomy. 

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Shell’s energy transition
Prospects beyond the fossil fuel era

Shell is building one of its future sites at the gates of the Rhenish mining region.  

Dr. Marco Richrath explains in our interview how contemporary forms of energy and decarbonization solutions emerge and what role bioeconomy plays in this. 

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Dr. Christian Klar


Coordination Office BioökonomieREVIER

+49 (0) 2461 61-4230