urban BioEconomyLab – Transformation model and living laboratory for a systemic sustainable approach of an urban and industrial bioeconomy in Baden-Württemberg
The bioeconomy enables a climate-neutral and sustainable economy based on the renewable raw material biomass. In the “urban BioEconomyLab” project, Fraunhofer IGB develops for the first time a transformation model and a living laboratory to find bioeconomic solutions for the sustainable design of cities and municipal industry. To this end, the IGB is working with urban pilot regions in Baden-Württemberg, hand in hand with local companies and authorities.
Challenges and objective
Numerous new bioeconomic approaches and processes have already been investigated and further developed in recent years in order to foster a biobased, climate-neutral and sustainable economy based on the renewable raw material biomass. However, a systemic approach that does not only consider individual processes but is designed holistically does not exist so far.
The aim of the “urban BioEconomyLab” project, which is funded by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector, is therefore to develop a bioeconomic economic environment at the system level of a city, in which biobased value creation largely takes place in the system itself, using biomass and CO2 in wastewater, waste and exhaust air as raw materials.