Sustainable Development: Bioeconomy

Development concept solutions intend to improve entire value chains in terms of sustainability. As a biobased way of doing business, bioeconomy takes the spotlight. It is not limited to one industrial sector - its applications range from the construction industry to the chemical and biotechnology sectors, to the energy industry.

Bioeconomy in Germany


Germany: 4.4 million people were employed in the bioeconomy sector in 2017. That's 10% of the total economy. The largest share is accounted for by the manufacturing industry (e.g. food industry) and the hospitality industry.
165 billion euros of gross value added was generated by the biomass-based economy in 2017. Depending on the modelling approach, it is up to 265 billion euros.


298.1 million euros were spent on bioeconomic science, research and development in Germany in 2020.


By 2050, the use of fossil raw materials in the chemical industry and its downstream products is to be 100% replaced by recycled materials and CO2 and bio-based fuels.1 


More than 800 research institutions in Germany are working on bioeconomy.2 

1 nova-Institute (2021)

2 Research survey of bioö (2021) 




Bioeconomy: Versatile application



Automotive sector

Natural fibre-reinforced vehicle parts, bioplastic-based interior trim and car seats, and tires made from dandelion rubber


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Mechanical engineering

Bioreactors, bioprocess technology, biogas plants, agricultural technology and machinery, greenhouse technology, biolubricants




Lumber construction, natural fibre-reinforced composites, insulation materials, bio dowels, bio-based cement admixture



Food industry

Enzymes, flavours and amino acids, natural food additives, probiotics, food made from lupine protein


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Wood pellet heating, biogas, biodiesel, bioethanol, synthetic fuels, algae paraffin, biohydrogen



Consumer products

Bio-based tansides, bioactive cosmetics ingredients, enzyme-based cleaning additives




Precision agriculture, plant and livestock breeding, short-rotation plantations, aquaculture, indoor farming




Natural raw materials for synthetic fibres, high-tech fibres made from spider silk protein, vegetable tanning agents, vegan leather substitute


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Bioplastics, bio-based platform chemicals




Biopharmaceuticals, medicinal herbs

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Bioeconomy at EurA






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Our services for you

The broad field of bioeconomy offers many opportunities. For this reason, EurA provides you with comprehensive services on all aspects of this matter. Take advantage of our expertise by choosing the right support for your project from our range of services.

Funding check

The funding check identifies suitable European and national funding opportunities for you and serves as a strategic orientation for your research and development activities. The goal is the selection of suitable funding opportunities.

Take advantage of the individual and project-specific advice of our specialists to find the right solutions to your questions.

Grant application

As an expert in European and national funding, EurA knows the funding landscape perfectly. Permanent screening of current funding offers and calls enables us to advise you in the best possible way.

Our service covers the complete funding process: from project conception to competent application, to project monitoring and beyond.

Project conception

We provide holistic support for you and your research project during the application process. This includes, among other things, the rough structuring of the project with regard to personnel planning, work package planning and other resources. We guide you through the entire project conception. The goal is a structured approach that also includes the interfaces to possible project partners. Questions around the project conception are among others

- What are critical milestones on your development path?

- How can development risks be minimised?

- At which point do you need external knowledge exchange?

Our support in project conception enables you to implement your project efficiently and in a structured manner.


A well-thought-out project conception is necessary to be successful in the application process. We know the requirements for the application of the individual programs and take them into account at an early stage of the project. This way you can be sure that all formal and legal requirements are met. The application process includes the compilation of the necessary attachments and the communication with the project sponsor as well as the processing of subsequent requests and supplements in terms of technology and business management.

Concentrate on your core business, we relieve you by accompanying the application process.

Project support

We support you beyond the phases of project conception and application. The most important aspect of project monitoring is the support of the call for funds at the project executing agency.

In the case of compliance with deadlines and requirements, we take over the preparation of plan-actual comparisons as well as commercial reporting. In technical reporting to the project executing agencies, we provide feedback on the reports.

Innovation networks and exchange

The central element of innovation networks is the networking and initiation of project plans. We are able to connect you horizontally and vertically along your value chain with other partners. Through insights into other processes, we realise your ideas and stimulate knowledge transfer.

As a network management organisation, we bring you together, whether in online meetings, in face-to-face meetings with network partners, or at interesting, network-relevant locations on site.

Your benefits are expert lectures, information on current funding programmes, market information, project workshops, and laboratory and company tours. We regularly organise interactive and engaging networking meetings in different locations.

Ask us today about your networking and cooperation opportunities in the field of innovation networks.

Finding project partners

With the right project partners, you can quickly integrate important knowledge transfer into your development project or establish strategic partnerships for subsequent product sales. As EurA, we have contacts with almost all national universities and a large number of companies.

Finding the right project partners and coordinating the processes can be time-consuming. With us, you have a partner who can manage the project and connect you with the right project partners.

Innovation workshops

Innovation workshops provide you with professional and technical know-how. Through the innovation workshops, which take place in seminar form in small groups, you will learn about future needs. The workshops stimulate knowledge transfer and support you in finding project partners. The knowledge gained in the innovation workshop provides the basis for further project conceptualisation.

EurA organises workshops on your behalf. Through our numerous contacts, we arrange suitable speakers and can organise the event.

Contact us now for an offer tailored to your needs.

If you are interested in participating in such workshops, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Technology transfer

The cross-industry exchange of know-how and technologies offers you enormous innovation and sales potential. Through our large network, we find solutions from different industries and fields of knowledge. 

Technical advice

Do you want to introduce new technology in your company or looking for the right business model?

Take advantage of our professional knowledge transfer. Our employees are specialised academics with technical expertise and have industry experience in a wide range of technology fields. We use the connection of the different fields of knowledge and the know-how of our experts to develop and evaluate technical alternatives for you.

Develop new products, processes, and services faster and more safely with our technical consulting. Our experts from the fields of engineering and natural sciences, financing, and project management are available to advise you.

Success story


Alpha Protein

Demo plant for the extraction of sustainable and multifunctional raw materials such as proteins and biopolymers

The aim of this project is to build a bioeconomic pilot plant for the automated breeding of insects. Therefore, a plant will be built that makes use of the residues from existing material flows (instead of using them thermally) and processes them as feed for the insects according to the principles of the circular economy.

In this demonstration plant, automated farming and reproduction of insects are to be demonstrated in continuous operation and validated and optimised for further scale-up. The plant input comes from biological residues and waste materials such as old baking products, which are then used in the process.


Alpha-Protein GmbH from Bruchsal, a start-up from the AgriTech industry, is planning to build a bioeconomic demo plant for automated insect breeding. Alpha-Protein's innovative production plant is technologically superior to conventional farming systems due to its patented supply portal and creates an impressive cost advantage in insect farming. Alpha-Protein is thus laying the foundation for a change in the nutrition of the world's population.



EurA networks in the bioeconomy sector



The network's mission is to advance the bioeconomic transformation of the market and society by developing bio-based solutions for current and future challenges. The network focuses on the material use of biomass (crops, harvest residues and other waste bioresources) for the production and extraction of feedstocks for use in the pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and food industries as well as the chemical industry.




The use of enzymes across biotechnology sectors is seen as the central core of the bioeconomy. By producing biotech products sustainably with the help of enzymes and microorganisms, the eco-balance of biotechnology can be optimised. To meet this challenge, our national research institutions, SMEs and large companies within the sector have joined forces to produce innovative approaches to solutions. Innovation network NEXT2ENZYME aims to implement new concepts that apply revolutionary enzyme engineering techniques and facilitate more sustainable fermentation processes.





Hemp (Cannabis Sativa L.) is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world. Due to the long ban on its cultivation in Germany, there is a lot to catch up with in the area of research and development of new products. The network's vision is to bridge knowledge gaps and identify unused potential through new products, processes and technologies. Due to the appealing market potential in many areas of application, versatile hemp can take on a central role as an economic driver in Germany and the network partners can help shape the newly emerging market through early market entry and cooperation.

EurA is well-connected

The vision of the network is the development of an ecosystem of companies and research institutions that deal with a sustainable value chain.


Producing sustainable food from aquaponic systems.

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Water for drinking supplies and wastewater treatment.

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Biomastec neue Biomasse Effizienz

Technologies for effective use of biomass.

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Biomastec Danube

Innovation potential in international partnerships.

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Digitalisation of food processing.

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Knowledge, competence and potential in the area of bioeconomy.

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Zellkultur 2.0

Advanced production methods in cell culture.

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Fruit cultivation in climate change.

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New methods of technology processes and developing plant proteins.

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Implementation of bioeconomy goals with the help of biotechnological innovations and the optimal utilisation of the biocatalyst "enzyme" potential.

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PlaNet strives for a holistic connection between process technology and automated laboratory on both a physical and data-based level. Their goal is to combine the advantages of both environments - production sites & laboratory - in collaboration with representatives from the entire value chain.

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Sustainability consulting


Evaluating the environmental impact of a product hitting the market has now become a standard requirement and calls for a precise and standardised evaluation method. EurA's sustainability consultancy provides answers to your questions regarding economic and environmental sustainability. More information can be found on the sustainability consulting page


EurA Blog

A complete summary of blog entries on the subject of bioeconomy can be found on the EurA Blog.

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