Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR)
The Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. (Agency for Renewable Resources; FNR) is the central coordinating agency in Germany for the use and promotion of renewable biological resources in the non-food sector. Founded in 1993 by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), which funds its activities, the main tasks of FNR’s 82 employees are to implement the federal R&D programme “Renewable Resources” and the “Energy and Climate Fund”, to collect, compile and promote scientific information and to give private and public advice for the use of renewable resources. Furthermore it assists the BMELV in all issues concerning renewable resources on national and international level. This ensures a broad, diversified advisory and information service.
FNR considerably supports knowledge transfer all around the topic of renewable resources. Currently, FNR is providing funding for and supervising more than 600 ongoing R&D projects that focus on the energetic or material use of renewable resources. It also provides information and advice for different target groups (government, professionals, industry and end consumers) and supports the market launch of products made of renewable resources.
FNR offers expert advisory services on raw materials and products, on their utilization, their advantages and positive environmental impact. Since 2003, bioenergy has become one of the major focuses of FNR’s advisory services. Furthermore, increasing interest in the various applications of renewable resources led to the introduction of additional advice offers, namely “Building & Living” and “Sustainable Procurement for local communities”.