The Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR) is the central coordinating agency in Germany for the promotion of renewable resources. Founded in 1993 by the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMEL), which funds its activities, FNR is in charge of managing a practice-, problem and result-oriented pool of activities. The main tasks of FNR’s 83 employees are to implement the R&D programme “Renewable Resources” and the bioenergy part of the Energy and Climate Funds on behalf of the Federal Government, and to assist the BMEL in all issues concerning renewable resources. In addition, FNR collects data on industrial processes and technologies as well as from science and economy. This ensures a broad, diversified advisory and information service.
FNR information services include dedicated websites on energy crops (www.energiepflanzen.info), on biofuels (www.bio-kraftstoffe.info) and on Biomass to Liquid (BtL) (www.btl-plattform.de). FNR services fall within the following main categories: contributing to the development and design of policy programmes and instruments; providing information and consulting service to target groups; providing information on cost-effectiveness, efficiency and funding opportunities; providing technical data in the fields of science and economy. FNR is funding 25 Bioenergy Regions and hosting the bioenergy region office (www.bioenergie-regionen.de).
FNR major clients are universities, research institutes, innovative SME, other industry and network organisations. Besides professional consultation and financial support, FNR organises and takes part in scientific events of national and international relevance. The topic of the proposal has been the focus of a number of activities funded by BMEL and FNR on a national level (brochure “Nachhaltige Nutzung von Bioenergiepotentialen”, 2013).
Contact: Diego Piedra-Garcia – D.PiedraGarcia@fnr.de