State parliamentary groups ask the Committee on Climate Protection, Energy and Mobility about "Green tech and bioeconomy in Rhineland-Palatinate"

The background to the state parliamentary inquiry was the federal government's National Bioeconomy Strategy for the sustainable use of biological resources, processes and systems, which has been in place since January 2020 and is currently being revised at federal level. This strategy combines the sustainable use of raw materials and innovation for sustainable, climate-neutral and circular development.

In the Federal Government's definition, bioeconomy encompasses the production, development and use of biological resources, processes and systems in order to provide products, processes and services in all economic sectors as part of a sustainable economic system, to operate more efficiently and to reduce resource consumption. A bio-based economy encompasses all economic sectors and their associated service areas that produce, process, use or trade biogenic (or biotic) raw materials - such as plants, animals, algae, microorganisms, biowaste and their products. The bioeconomy aims to combine economy and ecology for a sustainable economy in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

As part of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Ministry of Science and Health has been expanding and strengthening specific competencies that the research landscape for green tech and bioeconomy in Rhineland-Palatinate has to offer at the state's scientific institutions for around 10 years.

The biotechnology study with Roadmap Rhineland-Palatinate (2023, Roland Berger) formulates the following key messages and summary: " Biotechnology is a technology with a broad field of application: .... It also enables more resource-efficient production of materials, new circular economy processes and thus contributes to more sustainable production methods. Biotechnology is one of the fastest growing branches of science worldwide with high economic and socio-political potential. Biotechnology is a technology of the future with a long tradition: the basics of fermentation were discovered around 200 years ago. For more than 100 years, biotechnological processes have been used in the industrial production of fine chemicals such as food additives and later medicines such as the antibiotic penicillin since the 1940s. Biotechnology encompasses the use of structures, processes, functions and principles of biological organisms or parts thereof for applications in medicine and health (red biotechnology), industrial production (white biotechnology) and agriculture (green biotechnology). Modern molecular biotechnology is regarded as a cross-sectional and key technology. Rhineland-Palatinate is a biotechnology location that combines a long tradition of basic research and innovative applications, a broad portfolio and a mix of established and young companies."

The strategic publications that address the bioeconomy in Rhineland-Palatinate include

  • The Climate Alliance Building in Rhineland-Palatinate - strengthening renewable and cycle-efficient raw materials (resolution and publication: 2022 );
  • The sustainability strategy of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate;
  • The Waste Management Plan 2022 with statements on the recycling of biogenic waste and residual materials.

Are you interested in bioeconomic processes and biogenic products, are you looking for ways to offset CO2 and/or do you want to make a contribution to defossilizing the economy?

Please contact the Department of Environmental Economics, Bioeconomy, Eco-Efficiency at MKUEM RLP Dr. Barbara Jörg and Dr. Simon Lang; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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