State strategy "Sustainable bioeconomy for Baden-Württemberg"

Grünalgen im Dunkelfeld: Mikroalgen sind eine wichtige Säule einer zukünftigen Bioökonomie, denn sie produzieren ohne Konkurrenz zu landwirtschaftlichen Flächen eine große Vielfalt hochwertiger Produkte.

Our way of life and economic system largely rely on the consumption of finite fossil resources. This approach is not sustainable and may place severe stress on the climate and the environment. With the state strategy "Sustainable bioeconomy for Baden-Württemberg", the state pushes forward to advance the use of renewable raw materials in an effort to protect our natural resources and promote Baden-Württemberg a a business location.

Objectives and priorities

By introducing innovative biological concepts, the state seeks to tap renewable and/or recyclable raw materials, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and promote biodiversity. The idea is to make Baden-Württemberg an example for a sustainable and closed loop-oriented economic system.

The increased material and energetic utilisation of secondary and residual products from the agricultural and food sector, as well as wood from sustainable domestic silviculture, offer important potentials. Another core theme is the future-oriented enhancement of existing biogas facilities, as they make for inexpensive interfaces to drive the universal, decentralised conversion of biomass into a multitude of products such as fibres, platform chemicals, food, and energy products.

Bioeconomy will play an increasingly important role also for the industry and urban regions. Wastes and waste water, for example, contain useful resources which can be recovered.

Further key topics include the development of technologies for the biological extraction of inorganic raw materials such as metals, phosphorous and chemicals, in addition to biotechnology-based CO2 recycling techniques, to deliver the raw material for energy and material cycles–a bioeconomic research priority for the benefit of climate protection.

50 million euros are available

The state strategy "Sustainable bioeconomy for Baden-Württemberg" was presented to the Cabinet on 4 June 2019 by the Ministry of Rural Affairs and Consumer Protection and the Ministry of the Environment. The state has made 50 million euros available to fund the proposed measures in the period from 2020 to 2024.