The concept of the bio-economy stands for an economic system based on renewable raw materials, which is intended to reconcile economic progress with respect for natural limits. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research is now funding four innovation areas of the bio-economy throughout Germany; including the "BioBall Innovation Space", which is intended to accelerate the structural change towards a bio-based economy in the Frankfurt/Rhine-Main metropolitan region. The joint project "Transformation analysis and design concepts for a regional bio-economy" (TransRegBio) is part of the BioBall innovation space: on the one hand, it ensures the scientific monitoring of R&D&I projects with regard to their ecological and economic indicators, and on the other hand, it develops models, tools and concepts for the evaluation and design of a regional bio-economy.

In the project, the partner institutions will deal with the following scientific questions:

- What are barriers and drivers for the market introduction of bio-economic technologies?

- What are the environmental impacts of bio-economic technologies regarding their life cycle?

- What influence does the demand for biomass caused by bio-economic technologies have at the macroeconomic level on phenomena such as land use, biological CO2 storage and biodiversity?

The methods and findings developed in the project will be incorporated into instruments and guidelines for the actors of bioeconomy.

The research work of the GRID group essentially pursues three objectives: (1) Development and analysis of different scenarios for biomass use and supply, both with regard to the development of the rhine-main area and the large-scale introduction of new technologies, which are being investigated in the BioBall projects. (2) Conception and implementation of new model-based methods to consider the future development of the associated biogenic material flows on the regional, national and international level and to analyse the environmental consequences associated with the provision of biomass (e.g. in agricultural and forestry systems). (3) Compilation of a set of indicators for the evaluation of different aspects of the sustainability of bio-economy on the macro level. 

Project partners:

Technische Universität Darmstadt (Project coordination), University of Kassel, DECHEMA e.V., Provadis Hochschule, right. based on science, Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung, Thuenen-Institut, Institut für Marktanalyse