To improve utilisation of side and waste streams in industry, agriculture, or forestry, the so-called regional innovation network (RIN) “model region for innovative and sustainable material flow” was set up in 2014. The project’s goal is to improve exploitation of biomass, wastes, and side streams in the region. Using this approach, the RIN addresses the grand societal challenges of resource scarcity and climate change.
In order to achieve a better utilisation of biomass as well as side and waste streams, several hurdles must be tackled. Initially, concrete resource potentials in the region have to be defined. In this regard, aspects such as, for example, seasonal availability, energy density, and ownership of the feedstocks must be considered. The RIN Stoffströme also seeks to identify practical hurdles for using biomass and waste streams for the production of intermediates for the chemical industry. A close and continuous dialogue with practitioners from waste management companies, farmers, municipalities, and processing industries is necessary to define these hurdles, which can be of a technical, regulatory, or societal nature.