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Katjes Werk in Potsdam

Katjes invests in UNMILK

Through its investment platform Katjes Greenfood, the confectionery manufacturer will support the start-up UNMILK, which offers milk alternatives made from oat and pea proteins.

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Pilotanlage in Dänemark

Electrochaea raises 36 million euros

Using microbial electrochemical cells, the young company produces climate-neutral methane from CO2 and green hydrogen.

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EU Accelerator funds three bioeconomy start-ups

Around 30 million euros will go to BIOWEG, CO2BioClean and Genome Biologics to research and grow.

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Der rote Weihnachtsstern ist ein beliebteste Zierpflanze.

20 million Christmas stars

This year, almost every fifth houseplant produced in Germany is a poinsettia. Most of the colorful spurge plants come from North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Eingang BayWa-Zentrale München

BayWa invests in plant-based dairy alternatives

BayWa further expands its activities in the field of alternative protein sources and invests in the Israeli food start-up YoFix Probiotics.

Sectors

Chemistry

The chemical industry today is still primarily based on petroleum, a fossil raw material. Existing fully integrated modes of production have until now countered comprehensive structural transformation. The topic of sustainability, however, has become increasingly important, as a number of initiatives toward green chemistry have shown. Companies apply bio-based approaches above all when they save costs or improve product quality.

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Sector: Chemistry

Pharmaceuticals

For thousands of years, medicinal herbs have helped to relieve illnesses. Nature, in addition, offers a huge selection of therapeutic agents that serve as basis for advanced medications. Increasingly, biotechnological processes are employed in the production of medication. These biopharmaceuticals have become indispensable in the therapy of widespread diseases such as cancer and diabetes.

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Sector: Pharmacy

Mechanical engineering

Germany is one of the leading countries in mechanical engineering. Application of advanced machines, equipment and processes enables efficient and sustainable design of production processes – in all areas of industry and business. For further development of bioeconomy, innovations from mechanical engineering are key drivers.

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Sector: Mechanical Engineering

Textiles

For the textile industry, application of regenerative raw materials is a matter of daily routine. Plant fibres such as linen and cotton, as well as animal products such as wool, silk and leather – natural products are used in many textile areas. With regard to sustainability and resource efficiency, however, unconventional ideas are now being implemented. New high-tech fibres with previously unknown properties, for example, are now being produced from formerly discarded materials from the food and beverage industry.

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Sector: textiles

Consumer goods

For cosmetics, washing agents and home appliances: bio-based processes find application in manufacture of a great number and variety of products used in everyday life. These processes make an important contribution to greater sustainability in industry and enable innovative products with novel properties for the consumer.

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Branche:Konsum

Food and beverage industry

The food and beverage industry plays a prominent role in bioeconomy. This industry processes raw agrarian materials to foods, beverages and animal fodder. Resource-conserving technologies help to manufacture healthy, high-value and safe products. For storage, preservation and transport of food and beverages, the bio-based economy also provides innovative processes.

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Sector: Nutrition

Energy

In the form of firewood, fuel or biogas: a great diversity of energy media can be obtained from biomass. Bioenergy, as a regenerative energy form, is a key pillar in the energy mix of the future. Attention is now shifting to the efficient use of plant residue, in order to avoid competition with food production. Exploiting the potential of sustainably cultivated energy crops, and promoting innovative process technologies – these are important steps in the bioenergy sector.

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Sector: Energy

Agriculture and forestry

Agriculture and forestry are two key pillars of bio-economy. Plant-based biomass, produced in meadows, fields and forests provides the foundation for a bio-based economy. Livestock, in turn, represent an essential resource for the supply of food. Recent research approaches and technologies will further advance sustainable developments in agriculture and forestry.

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Sector: Agriculture and forestry

Construction

As raw materials for building, general construction materials, insulation and materials for interior finishing work: regenerative raw materials are appealing owing to their good material characteristics. They improve environmental balance sheets and are often more compatible with human health. Within this context, natural construction materials are increasingly interesting not only for new building, but also for restoration. In addition, there are now bio-based strategies for greater sustainability with conventional products in the construction sector as well – for example, concrete and asphalt. A constructive contribution to bioeconomy.

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Sector: Construction

Automotive sector

The mobility of today would be hardly imaginable without the automobile. In view of climate change, sustainable mobility concepts are increasingly in demand. The automotive sector is one of the largest users of bioplastics and is otherwise also increasingly sympathetic for bio-based materials.

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Branche: Automobil

Bioeconomy inside

Stoffwindel

Cloth diapers

Reuse instead of dispose - this also works for diapers. Modern cloth diapers outperform conventional alternatives in terms of environmental and skin compatibility.

What percentage of residual waste in Germany is made up of disposable diapers?

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Creme in brauner Papierdose

Cream jar

Cosmetic products are often sold in plastic packaging. As a result, they generate more and more packaging waste. 

New products can be created from recycled plastic waste.

What percentage of plastic waste is recycled?

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Behälter mit Reinigungsmittel aus Roter Bete

Detergent

Sounds paradoxical, but works brilliantly: Beetroot, often known as the cause of stubborn stains, qualifies as an ecological cleaning agent.

1.5 million tons of laundry detergents and household cleaners are sold to the end consumer each year.

How high is the resulting chemical discharge into the wastewater?

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Waschbare Abschminktücher

Makeup removal wipes

Instead of cotton pads and the like, sustainable makeup removal wipes are equally good for the skin and the environment.

Cosmetics with ingredients of natural origin are gaining in importance.

What is the market share of natural cosmetics in Germany?

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3 Bierflaschen

Beer

Beer - a traditional German drink. Although beer consumption is declining, hardly any other country in the world records such high beer consumption as Germany.

How many beer brands are there in Germany according to the German Brewers Association?

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