Elaboration of Economic Indicators for Monitoring the Progress of the Bioeconomy (Bioeconomy-Monitoring)

This project is one of the three pillars of the German government’s bioeconomy monitoring. The objective of this project is to contribute to the development of the scientific basis for a long-term monitoring of the bioeconomy. By a continuous monitoring a knowledge base for political action and a public debate about the bioeconomy shall be created. To achieve the objectives of the National Policy Strategy Bioeconomy indicators will be developed which are based on scientific criteria. Methods of data collection will be established in order to make it possible to measure all dimensions of the contribution of the bioeconomy to the German economy and thus also effects such as employment, value added, innovation. The progress in the transformation process towards a bioeconomy, but also potential barriers or trade-offs will be visualized to enable decision-makers to draw any necessary consequences.

The bioeconomy monitoring aims to cover differentiated information about economic sectors, production processes and products that belong to the bioeconomy. Thus, it needs to consider both those industry sectors that are relevant in terms of economic impacts and volumes such as the wood industry or food as well as new application areas that are not yet big in terms of volumes, but in terms of innovation power and relative added.

In this project, the Fraunhofer ISI is primarily responsible for the collection of the innovative bioeconomy sub-segments and indicators in the context of innovation, research and development and education.

The report can be found here.


04/2016 - 03/20109


  • Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie)


  • Ifo Institut (Lead Partner)
  • Nova-Institut
  • Leibniz-Institut für Agrartechnik und Bioökononomie (ATB)