Our focal regions


About the focal region

Denmark is actively pursuing the development of a thriving bioeconomy, which encompasses the sustainable production and refinement of renewable biological resources into valuable products like food, feed, biomaterials, and bioenergy. With an ambitious vision, Denmark aims to position itself as a leading growth center in terms of knowledge, technology, and production in the bioeconomy sector. To achieve this goal, the Danish MIP is committed to supporting innovative solutions that focus on crucial areas such as nutrient recycling, greenhouse gas emissions reduction, and the integration of food production and biodiversity conservation within local crop production, livestock systems, and forage value chains. This MIP places a particular emphasis on cascade utilization and optimizing land use practices to unlock the full potential of the bioeconomy.

Within the Danish MIP, significant attention is given to critical aspects like land use, biomass production, and the exploration of alternative proteins for both feed and food purposes. Recognizing the increasing interest in these areas, the MIP considers soil health and the sustainable management of agricultural land as key priorities in the overall production system. This focal region focuses on implementing biobased solutions that can boost biomass production, enhance biodiversity through practices like intercropping and catch crops, promote the value and utilization of bioresources through biorefining processes, reduce carbon emissions (CO2e), and increase the availability of biogenic carbon. Notably, initiatives like carbon capture play a role in achieving these objectives, contributing to a greener and more sustainable future.

The Danish MIP aims to drive the green transition by formulating specific recommendations for the government, aligning considerations such as the economy, employment, environment, nature, biodiversity, and climate. By prioritizing value chains within business and export sectors, Danish MIP strives to foster innovation and create a robust foundation for Denmark’s bioeconomy. Furthermore, the active sectors of biorefinery and biogas are undergoing significant development, with feasibility studies underway to establish additional facilities. Notably, the recycling of degassed manure back to farmers as fertilizer contributes to a circular and environmentally friendly approach in the bioeconomy.

Regional feedstock and value chains

Opportunities and Challenges

  • Grass, straw, and manure are utilized as feedstocks.
  • These feedstocks are used in various processes such as biorefining, distinct heating, and biogas production.


  • Governmental financial support can provide opportunities for the biobased sector.
  • Creating optimal framework conditions for farmers can support the growth of the biobased sector.


  • Logistics and transport pose challenges in the efficient movement of biomass.
  • Access to biomass can be a challenge, potentially limiting the availability of feedstocks.
  • Resistance from civil society may present obstacles to the development of the biobased sector.
  • Challenges with biogas companies, particularly those funded by capital funds, can create competition for the available biomass.

Context and needs of rural stakeholders

What MainstreamBIO brings

  •  Building consumer trust in biobased products and fostering support for biobased markets is essential.
  • The biobased sector faces increasing competition for capital funds.
  • Despite this competition, there is strong cooperation among key players in the biobased value chain.
  • Hands-on knowledge on conservation agriculture, no-till agriculture, and regenerative agriculture.
  • Collaboration and networking,  necessary to understand soil biology and its impact on agricultural practices.
  • Improve crop production and transition to a climate-friendly and sustainable approach.


Liselotte Puggaard ([email protected])

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