• A vision becomes a reality

    With the lignite phase-out, a model region for bio-based management is emerging in the Rhenish mining area

  • Climate and environmental protection

    The preservation of the natural foundations of life is the basis of the sustainable bioeconomy.

  • Innovation Labs

    Germ cells for cooperation, ideas and the rapid transfer of new processes from science to implementation

  • Sustainable agriculture for regional food

    Healthy nutrition and rural value creation

  • Value creation based on biogenic raw materials

    Development of new business models through regional cooperation and use of residual and waste biomass as well as technology development

  • Key technology

    Microbial and molecular mass conversions for biobased materials.

  • Biorefineries for the production of biogenic recyclables

    Power plants for sustainable industrial production

  • Regional contributions to solutions for sustainable management and climate protection

    Renewability, circularity and multiple use as guiding principles

  • Reinventing regional identity

    Networking the strengths and potentials of the region and putting them to good use


29.03.2023 12:00 - 17:30 Uhr Forschungszentrum Jülich / Zentralbibliothek
08.05.2023 13:00 - 17:00 Uhr Bonn
08.05.2023 - 12.05.2023 Jülich

Contribute online

Now it's up to the citizens!

Contribute your wishes and ideas for the future of the bioeconomy in the Rhineland.

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"Raw materials and food" study on bioeconomy potentials

Prognos AG presents the first regional study on the agricultural and food economy for the Rhenish mining area

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The BioökonomieREVIER APP (german)

Download and join the networking!

Find out more about regional actors, projects and events in the region - register your own activities. In the App Store and on Google Play.

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Innovation Award BioökonomieREVIER
Are you a bioTHINKer?

Wanted: Your idea for a bio-based economy for the Rhenish mining area! The first regional bioeconomy competition for students.

Send your video by 15 March 2021 and win up to €1,000.


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Innovation laboratories for the region

15 promising regional research approaches from business and agriculture exemplify how new jobs can be created during structural change.

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YouTube. "Cycle instead of coal"

Niklas explains BioökonomieREVIER

Children's toys made from potato peelings, clothes from wood and paper made from grass? – Exciting examples of how the economic system of an entire region can be transformed.

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Municipal Bioeconomy Profile
We come to your town hall!

Bio-based economy on site: what businesses are there? Are there biogenic residues that can be turned into valuable materials? The coordination office visits your municipality.

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Regional Bioeconomy Accelerator
Start-up consultancy

Can your bioeconomy idea from science be implemented in a market economy? Are you looking for a partner for concrete innovation needs in your company? The BIOBoosteRR supports you.

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Economy plus partner
Regional innovation partnerships

We mediate in the implementation of new, bio-based business models and promote regional cooperation between small and medium-sized businesses, farmers, science and municipalities. Do you have a need?

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Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schurr, Forschungszentrum Jülich

Future in the region through bioeconomy

The region has a unique opportunity to develop into a model region for sustainable business with international appeal.

In our initiative for a model region BioeconomyREVIER, we want to bring together all the players who want to develop and implement biobased solutions for the economy and sustainability in the region today and in the future.

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schurr, Jülich Research Center and initiator of BioeconomyREVIER

Future in the region through bioeconomy

The bioeconomy offers special opportunities for the region and its people through the sustainable use of resources and services.

The Rhenish mining area is set to become an innovation engine for Germany. The region will therefore be one step ahead in many job profiles and qualifications in the future.

Timothy Fitschen, Area Manager Rhenish Mining District at the Employment Agency, Brühl
Timo Koch, Pfeifer & Langen GmbH & Co. KG

Future in the region through bioeconomy

The BioeconomyREVIER initiative plays a central role in building new value chains and partnerships. And it is immensely important to jointly try out new ideas from the context of science and bring them to market via such a platform.

Dr. Timo Koch, Head of Innovation Center, Pfeifer & Langen GmbH & Co. KG, Cologne and Managing Director Savanna Ingredients GmbH, Elsdorf
Michael Kroheck, Leiter Business Development, Creapaper GmbH

Future in the region through bioeconomy

We obtain the grass for our paper production in Düren from local farmers or municipalities. When the quantities become larger, we want to organize this via the farmers' associations.
For this reason, we are very pleased that BioökonomieREVIER has arranged the contact with agriculture.

Michael Kroheck, Head of Business Development, Creapaper GmbH, Düren
Dr. Bernd Lüttgens, RLV e.V.

Future in the region through bioeconomy

The bioeconomy offers the opportunity to make our Rhenish Börd landscape more diverse and at the same time to increase the value creation potential of agriculture.

There is considerable opportunity potential for agriculture in the region in the new integrated value chains.

Dr. Bernd Lüttgens, Vice Chairman of the Landschafts-Verband Rheinland RLV e.V.
Dr. Georg Schaumann,  SenseUp GmbH

Future in the region through bioeconomy

The BioeconomyREVIER offers ideal conditions for bringing scientific successes into practical application.

At SenseUp, we develop biotechnological processes for the fermentative production of valuable products for the food and pharmaceutical industries.

Dr. Georg Schaumann, Managing Partner, SenseUp GmbH


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Explained: Sustainable bioeconomy

This is a new type of economy that involves the production and use of biological resources for products, processes and services in all areas.

Sustainability results from a lifestyle and work style that conserves resources and the climate and operates according to the principle of a circular economy.

An initiative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research

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Supraregional topics and events

Regional agency in structural change