Press release, Berlin, 22.2.2019



Boosting bioeconomy in ten European regions

POWER4BIO develops regional bioeconomy strategies and roadmaps by cross-border knowledge exchange

The bio-based economy is a powerfully emerging sector with huge potential, moving roughly €2 billion and providing employment for almost 22 million people across Europe. Nevertheless, there are still many European regions that do not take full advantage of their potential in yielding sustainable products instead of fossil-based resources. The project POWER4BIO aims at supporting these regions in boosting the bio-based economy in their areas and analysing the transition from a realistic and competitive standpoint. The project activities are backed by €3 million of funding from the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme.

In October 2018, POWER4BIO started its activities with the Kick-off meeting in Brussels. Focusing on awareness-raising, networking, policy dialogues and mutual learning, POWER4BIO aims at empowering EU regions to maximise the use of their locally available biomass feedstock and will run for 30 months until March 2021. The POWER4BIO consortium consists of 17 institutions from Germany, Belgium, Slovakia, Spain, Greece, Netherlands, Hungary, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic and Ukraine and is coordinated by the Spanish Research Centre for Energy Resources and Consumption, CIRCE.

The POWER4BIO consortium at the Kick-of meeting in Brussels in October 2018.

Special Week FS 2017

Students of  Bern University of Applied Sciences UniversitiesHandbook (Bern, Switzerland) and  a team of Ukrainian students studied the local and global trends, doing analysis, developed a business plan and presented their ideas




Forest Clusters

Forest Clusters Development and Implementation Measures of a 6-Region Strategie Joint Action Plan for Knowledge-based Regional lnnovation The European forest-based sector plays an important role in a sustainable society. Shaping the future markets by strategie integration of research and technological development, therefore, is a prime European objective. The European Commission expects substantial effects for the forest-based sector by cross-linking regional clusters.

IN2WOOD joins 13 partners from 6 European regions in an open process. Additional "mentoring partners" will be integrated into the IN2WOOD work process.

 RERAM - Bridging Gaps between R2I in Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials Forschung und Innovation für Ressourceneffizienz in der Holzindustrie  (

 Map of RERAM participants and partner regions

 Project Summary – Key facts
RERAM is an international cooperation project funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission in the field of climate protection, resource efficiency and raw materials. It is one of the few FP7-INCO projects addressing the forestry and woodworking sector. The main objective is to reinforce cooperation and coordination of research and technological innovation between the EU and countries of the European Neighbourhood Policy programme, and here especially in Eastern Europe.

Consortium: 11 partners in 9 countries
EU: Germany, Belgium, Austria, Poland; ENP countries: Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan
Project duration: 01/06/2014 – 31/05/2016 (2 years)
Total budget: 1.3 million EUR, EC contribution 990,250 EUR

RERAM is coordinated by the International Institute of Forestry and Wood Industries NRW e.V. (IIWH) at the University of Münster, an established German competence centre in the fields of forest ecology, forestry and wood industries as well as international cooperation.