On Wednesday, 03 July 2019, the event "Bioeconomy local - creation of new, local value chains based on renewable energies" took place in the Innovation and Technology Centre Sigmaringen. Gloria Kraus as head of the project AlpBioEco in cooperation with Nikolai Jacobi of the ICLEI European Secretariat with the project Biovoices invited to this interactive workshop.
More than 20 participants from the region as well as from Berlin, Freiburg, Stuttgart, Austria and Norway welcomed Mayor Dr. Marcus Ehm to the event. "Especially here in rural areas, where we have high-quality, natural raw materials from agriculture as well as the necessary know-how, bioeconomics will play an important role in the future," said Ehm. The AlpBioEco project in Sigmaringen is intended to get involved in this topic and to drive it forward. Mrs. Saken-Braunstein, speaker at the Ministry for Environment, Climate and Energy Baden-Württemberg, presented the state's new bio-economy strategy in her opening speech. As central points, she mentioned the necessary cooperation between industry, science and society for sustainable development as well as the critical review of innovations with regard to the sustainability principles of the United Nations.
Peter Schlösser (Kompetenzzentrum innovative Beschaffung KOINNO), Manfred Walser (Berater für regionale Entwicklung), Laura Griestop (Biocom AG), and Martin Gianmoena (Foodbrains Group) were also invited as experts. In a joint workshop, the participants discuss intensively with the experts the hurdles and opportunities of the bioeconomy in the areas of procurement, innovation, raw materials and marketing. For example, new value chains, such as the further processing of organic waste, garden waste, production residues or residual materials - were also advised by green and innovative public procurement initiatives.