The industrial use of renewable resources is gathering speed around the world and in Germany in particular and is tapping into new markets. In the context of dwindling fossil resources this is good news especially for Germany, a country with limited mineral resources that is dependent on alternative sources of raw materials. Questions about what raw materials will be used how in the future have an impact not only on our economic prosperity but also on global climate change. Renewable resources help to preserve fossil resources and reduce climate-damaging greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, they create jobs and value-added in rural areas.
One of the BMEL’s key concerns is the sustainable, environmentally-friendly production and use of biomass. This applies to both domestic production and the production of imported goods. Every year the BMEL makes available around Euro 50 million for the research and development of energy recovery from and recycling of renewable resources.