Below you will find the projects the various parties are collaborating on, or for which they form a network, in the field of the biobased economy:

Vanguard Bioeconomy Pilot

In 2016 the Vanguard Initiative started the Bioeconomy Pilot for the leading biobased regions in Europe. This involved the identification of six business cases, of which two are directly important for the Biobased Delta region, namely large-scale biorefining of lignocellulose (Redefinery) and bioaromatics (Biorizon).

In 2017 the added value of the Vanguard Initiative is going to be explored in more detail on behalf of these projects. This will reveal what kind of extras Vanguard has to offer compared to the existing networks in Europe.

You can find more information about the Vanguard Bioeconomy Pilot in this flyer.

Europe’s leading bioeconomy clusters work together as 3BI

The leading bioeconomy clusters in the Netherlands, France, the UK and Germany have today joined forces as the3BI intercluster – Brokering Bio-Based Innovation. Their goal is to support European companies to access important new markets based on renewable raw materials successfully.

The agreement was signed on the EFIB in 2015, the European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy, held in Brussels.

3BI is a strategic European partnership that builds on the complementary strengths of four regional innovation clusters: Biobased Delta (Netherlands), BioEconomy (Germany), BioVale (United Kingdom) and Industries & Agro Ressources (IAR, France). All four clusters use biorefining to convert biological resources into materials, chemicals, fuels, food and feed. They intend to work together in the research, development and deployment of novel high-tech approaches to the conversion of biomass and waste streams into value-added products and applications.

New markets

The bioeconomy creates new markets for innovative products across the globe. European companies need support if they are to access these important new markets successfully. The formation of the 3BI intercluster represents a common intention to explore business linkages between the clusters and their members. 3BI will help European companies to make the most of new markets and new opportunities from the bioeconomy. The 3BI partners focus on growth, innovation and smart specialisation of their regions. Their goal is to promote sustainable solutions for lower carbon footprint and to substitute fossil raw materials in industrial scale.

Durable business opportunities

‘The necessity for companies to use green raw materials and make their process technologies more sustainable, is a daily priority’, Willem Sederel, director of Biobased Delta says. ‘For several years Biobased Delta has been working on international collaboration with leading regions in the world. Therefore I am very pleased with the establishment of 3BI as a European intercluster for long lasting collaboration with the leading clusters in the UK, Germany and France. This will boost durable business opportunities for the next decades.’

Stronger leadership

“The bioeconomy not only helps to significantly reduce our society’s carbon foot-print, but provides a lot of opportunities for new markets and high-value products and links the European agriculture and forestry to processing industries like chemicals, automotive or plastics’, Prof. Dr. Matthias Zscheile, BioEconomy states. ‘To combine the power of four of the leading bioeconomy regions within 3BI will strengthen the leadership of the European Union in a future economy based on renewable resources.’

Revitalising rural areas

Dr. Joe Ross (BioVale) is also convinced the 3BI intercluster will ‘strengthen European collaboration and innovation and help European SMEs to create globally competitive products and services for the bioeconomy’. Thierry Stadler (IAR) finally emphasizes the importance of revitalising rural areas in order to boost Europe’s bio-economy. ‘IAR has been deeply involved from the beginning in the establishment of 3BI. We are glad to launch the intercluster today as we believe it will foster collaborations between European stakeholders and contribute to make Europe the world leading bioeconomy region.’

BIOpen Project

The Horizon 2020 BIOPEN project was launched at the beginning of May 2017. The project encourages co-innovation partnerships for new products and markets in the sector. These partnerships use a web-based open innovation system, developed by IAR. This system is used by the biobased industry in the clusters in Germany, Finland, Poland and the Netherlands.

Biobased Delta is participating in the BIOPEN project as one of the five clusters. Three innovation companies are also participating, as well as a national technical university. The following is an overview of the participants:


Innovation companies:


You can find more information on the website of the BIOPEN project.


In 2014 the collaboration between the Netherlands, Flanders and North Rhine-Westphalia was ratified in the Bio Innovation Growth mega Cluster (BIG-C). Various public-private organisations involved in biobased innovation, including the Biobased Delta, are participating in the cluster.

The parties behind the BIG-C initiative are BE-Basic (the Netherlands), CLIB2021 (North Rhine-Westphalia) and FISCH (Flanders). These are all partnerships with a focus on the sustainable chemical sector and innovative biotechnology. BIG-C encourages the connection between natural resources from the three participating regions. Together we can be more effective when it comes to making the industry economically viable and sustainable. BIG-C is also creating a more attractive climate for demonstration and pilot projects based on major European Union innovation programmes.

Within the framework of the initiative the Biobased Delta is focusing on the Biorizon bioaromatics programme. Other important issues are ‘C1 gases into chemicals’, ‘biofuel for the aviation sector’ and the circular economy course.


More interregional collaboration in order to renew European industry. That is the goal of the European S34Growth project which is being participated in by 10 European regions from 8 different countries. One of their goals is to improve policy to make collaboration easier and policies more efficient and less bureaucratic. That will give businesses more space and opportunities to take steps towards a new economy.