The Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e. V. (FNR – Agency for Renewable Resources) is promoting the use of agricultural and forest resources on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). It was established in 1993 on the initiative of the Federal Government with the aim of coordinating research, development and demonstration projects in the field of renewable raw materials.
The statutory purpose of the FNR is to make an effective and continuous contribution to the development and use of renewable raw materials, in particular taking into account competing uses, direct and indirect land use effects, biomass conversions and partial and overarching sustainability concepts.
The BMEL’s “Renewable Resources” funding program sets the rules for this. The funding for the implementation of the program is available from the federal budget. The main task of the FNR is the technical and administrative support of research projects on the use of renewable raw materials. In addition, current expertise on the subject is collected and made available to interested parties via publications and events.
Over the course of time, the FNR has taken on additional, new tasks: As project executing agency of the Forest Climate Fund of BMEL and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV), it supports research topics on sustainable forest management. It oversees the BMEL’s “Guideline for Grants for Climate-Adapted Forest Management” and coordinates projects on innovative wood use in line with the BMEL’s Charter for Wood 2.0. In addition, it implements measures for peatland protection, peat reduction and emission reduction in the fermentation of manure on behalf of the BMEL.
Together with the project management organization VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH, the FNR is also responsible for the funding guideline for the development of renewable fuels of the Federal Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport (BMDV).
Finally, its portfolio also includes participation in European and international projects and committees.