Agency for Renewable Resources

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Agency for Renewable Resources
Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. (FNR)
FNR Logo.jpg
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Headquarters building
Agency overview
Formed 1993
Headquarters Gülzow, Germany
Annual budget € 58.3 million
Minister responsible
  • Ilse Aigner, Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection
Agency executive
  • Dr. Andreas Schütte, Geschäftsführer
Parent agency Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection

The Agency for Renewable Resources (German: Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V.), abbreviated FNR, is an agency of the government of the Federal Republic of Germany. Founded in 1993, its role is to coordinate research, development and demonstration projects in the field of renewable resources. It is a department of the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection. The FNR's main office is located in Gülzow, a suburb of Hamburg, Germany.[1]

The primary task of the FNR is the administrative management of scientific research projects. Current knowledge on the subject is collected and made available to interested scientists, individuals, politicians, business and media representatives. It also organizes scientific conferences. To draw attention to the potential of renewable resources to the general public, the FNR participates in demonstrations at fairs and exhibitions. Coordination of various renewable projects sponsored by the European Union is also part of its activities.[2]

The FNR has 65 institutional members, including four German Federal Ministries, 16 Ministries of the German States, and representatives of agricultural, industrial and economical associations across Europe. Due to the federalized structure of Germany, renewable resources and related activities take place on different levels and under different umbrellas. The membership structure of FNR is therefore designed to encourage a smooth exchange of information across these agencies. The FNR has around 50 employees wherein 16 persons working on bioenergy related activities. Presently, 268 research, development and demonstration projects on renewable resources are being funded, 89 of them in the field of bioenergy.[3]


The agency operates a variety of content portals providing information on the use of renewable resources. These are:

FNR portals managed by the Federal Ministry

  • Bioenergy Regions [1]
  • Pathway to Bioenergy [2]

FNR subject-specific sites


  • Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. (eds.): 10 Jahre Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. Jubiläumsbroschüre der FNR zum 10-jährigen Bestehen, 2004.
  • Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. (eds.): Informationen zur Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe Flyer, 8. Aufl. 2008 PDF


  1. ^ Official website of the FNR retrieved 30-May-2012
  2. ^ FNR Factsheet at the European Union website retrieved 30-May-2012
  3. ^ FNR profile at ERA-NET Bioenergy retrieved 30-May-2012