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The bioeconomy, a sector with significant development potential in our territory

The bioeconomy combines all the production and transformation activities involving biomass —regardless of its origin— which aim to produce food, bio-based material, chemicals and even energy.

Although the term “bioeconomy” is relatively new, the sector is already huge and offers a range of opportunities for addressing the environmental, economic and societal challenges we are currently facing.

Calling company directors and entrepreneurs! Are you working on a bioeconomy-related project? Explore this page and see the opportunities available in the Flanders-Dunkirk territory !

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The bioeconomy sector is :

250 000

Tonnes per year of crop residues available within a radius of 50 to 70 km ready to be recovered.

85 000

Tonnes per year of biowaste and agrifood co-products in the territory.


Million euro budget allocated to the national bioeconomy strategy in 2022-2025.


Bioeconomy-related projects have been funded by the Hauts-de-France region since 2014.

Infographie bioéconomie en anglais

Additional decarbonisation leverage for your activities

The bioeconomy is the economy that uses biomass, the fruit of photosynthesis. The carbon that forms the biomass is known as “renewable”, so whenever it is released into the atmosphere it will be recaptured via photosynthesis and eventually be reused in the production/development of another type of biomass.

The Dunkirk territory is a pioneer in the circular economy, renewable energies (wind, solar, photovoltaic) and industrial CO2 recovery. That‘s why the topic of the bioeconomy is just one of the areas that the territory is keen to develop.

What is the bioeconomy ?

What are Dunkirk’s strengths when it comes to the bioeconomy ?

  1. Biomass resources to be recovered
  2. Possible synergies with other companies
  3. An industrial territory
  4. Infrastructures
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Biomass resources to be recovered

Access to biomass resources is a key factor in the territory’s appeal for the bioeconomy. In the Dunkirk area, several biomass resources are available in a 75 km radius, including:

  • 71 kilo tonnes/year of chaff
  • 70.9 kilo tonnes/year of corn straw
  • 39 kilo tonnes/year of flax
  • 27.8 kilo tonnes/year of cereal straw

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Possible synergies with other companies

In addition to the projects carried out by stakeholders already involved in the bioeconomy, several synergies are worth considering with sector industrialists, such as:  

  • EcoExtract, by Pennakem Europa (Minafin group)
  • Ryssen Alcools, alcohol and bioethanol producer

Finally, some bioeconomy projects require access to Hydrogen (H2). They will be facilitated through the establishment of the territory’s CO2 and H2 HUB.

Hydrogen in the Dunkirk territory
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An industrial territory

The territory’s long-standing industrial know-how, the presence of numerous stakeholders allowing for synergies to be built, the qualified workforce and, above all, the collective impetus for decarbonisation, are all positive indicators when it comes to setting up new bioeconomy activities in Flanders-Dunkirk.

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The presence of logistics infrastructures in the port area and the multimodal nature of the territory (river, train and motorway transport) are significant strengths when it comes to hosting new bioeconomy-related activities.

Easy import and export

Lots of public investments



In 2022, China and the USA announced plans for $3.3 and $2 billion investments respectively, to fund bioeconomy-based projects. 



The Bio-based Industries Consortium which has allocated funding to many EU projects over the 2014-2020 period (including 11 industrial projects) has been extended under the name of Circular Biobased Europe for the 2021-2031 period with a budget of 2 billion euros.   



The national bioeconomy strategy has been renewed. In 2021, the French government announced its acceleration of biosourced products and sustainable fuels (€420 million budget for the 2022-2025 period).


Regional level

The bioeconomy is one of the priority areas for the Hauts-de-France region with a master development plan and more than 600 projects in this field having received support from the region since 2014.


Biomethanation development

There are companies in the territory developing methanation projects. Take, for example, Daudruy Van Cauwenberghe & Fils, it is developing a biomethanation project using the by-products and waste generated by the group. These are primarily the sludge from its sewage treatment plant generated by the bleaching clay during the refining process and glycerine, a by-product of biodiesel production, with a high methanogenic power.

Flax sector development

The Hauts-de-France is the 2nd largest fibre flax producing region in France. The Dunkirk territory boasts ideal weather conditions for growing the crop. Therefore, it’s not surprising that the fibre flax sector is flourishing and that these innovative products include items such as the Bâtilin thermal insulation block (manufactured by L.A. Linière), the “Mon Gobelet en Lin” (My flax tumbler) (by the company D’Innov); or that the flax shives are used to heat pools like the Linéo aquatic centre in Wormhout.   

Biofuel production using biomass

Some companies such as Nord-Ester are now producing biofuel using biomass. This is the case of NE100, a 100% local and renewable biofuel for transport companies. It reduces fine particle emissions in exhaust gases by 80% and greenhouse gas emissions by 60%. It’s an initiative that will be developed in our territory.

The bioeconomy, a booming sector

A territory dedicated to the energy transition and sustainable development, the stakeholders in the Dunkirk region are committed to the bioeconomy. Get to know some of our local stakeholders !

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