DBFZ – German Biomass Research Centre

Member since: 04/2020

Active in: WG Framework conditions


DBFZ – German Biomass Research Centre

The German Biomass Research Centre (DBFZ) was founded in 2008. The sole shareholder is the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). Its research focusses on the energy and material integrated use of biogenic resources and residual materials. The centre’s research infrastructure covers various conversion paths that facilitate the production of different products from biomass and biowaste required for the circular bioeconomy of the future. Around 230 employees currently work at DBFZ. It operates internationally in all regions. The focus is currently on East-, South- and Southeast Asia, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Our vision is that our research can make a significant contribution to achieving a climate-neutral society by 2050 at the latest. Closed carbon cycles within the bioeconomy will play a particular role, which will have replaced the fossil economy by then. In order to establish these processes worldwide, DBFZ wants to contribute alongside all PREVENT partners. Our research addresses stakeholders working in science, politics, the economy and wider society in relation to bioenergy, the bioeconomy, as well as climate-neutral supply systems. Negative environmental impacts can only be reduced when global material cycles are successfully closed.

Closing cycles is an essential prerequisite to a sustainable future economic system. DBFZ focusses on two essential material cycles. Firstly, the closed carbon cycles of a functioning bioeconomy that will replace the fossil processes that have prevailed to date. Secondly, DBFZ’s research contributes to closing nutrient cycles – particularly within the urban-rural contrast. Beyond these two cycles, DBFZ also works to provide answers, to recycle various raw materials and to implement experiences learned, in particular in developing and emerging countries.