International networks

You would like to accelerate your R&D investments to develop new bio-based products? Then join the European bio-based industries network!

Since 2014, in collaboration with ValBiom, the GreenWin cluster has become an effective member of the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC), bringing together the European biosourced industry. With approximately 200 members, BIC represents the private half of the public-private partnership established with the European Commission - the BioBased Industries Joint-Undertaking (BBI-JU).

€3.7 billion has been made available to European companies, universities, research centers, and clusters to develop new bio-based technologies, processes, and products. Every year, the BBI-JU launches a call for “BBI” projects as part of the European program of research and innovation - Horizon 2020.

As an SME member of the GreenWin cluster, you can benefit from membership in the BIC network! As a BIC member, you can:

  • Contribute to defining the future BBI calls for projects
  • Receive appropriate support in identifying partners or appropriate funding for your project ideas
  • Receive project setup support in partnership with the NCP
  • Benefit from visibility within the network
  • Establish a technology watch on European innovations in this sector.

In Wallonia, several entities have already been mobilized: De Smet E&C, Solvay, Total, BASF, the Südzucker Group, Materia Nova, Xylowatt, GreenWatt, Pollet, Realco, Artechno, Xylowatt, Pollet, Lambiotte, Syngulon, and Biorem Engineering, etc.

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The ECRN is a network of 20 European regions in which the chemical sector plays a decisive role.

Through the Projects Board, set up in 2014, the ECRN helps stimulate the process of creating value between regions, accelerating technology transfer and co-operation between companies, research institutions, and participating regions. Specifically, this includes creating a “workflow” to increase members’ ability to respond to European tenders, by allowing Board members to continually contribute project ideas or respond to financing calls. It also aims to help SMEs increase their level of internationalization or create links between members and potential investors outside of Europe by organizing various events.


SusChem is the European technology platform for sustainable chemistry. Established in 2004, GreenWin joined the network in 2016. It is a joint initiative between Cefic, DECHEMA, EuropaBio, GDCh, ESAB, and RSC with the principal goal of revitalizing and inspiring European chemistry and increasing research into industrial biotechnology, development, and innovation.


The Vanguard Initiative network consists of 26 European regions whose aim is to promote interregional and inter-cluster collaboration prioritarily in industrial policy areas, based on a smart specialization approach at the European level.

Wallonia (via dgo6) joined the network by supporting two Vanguard initiatives: Vanguard Initiative – S3 partnership Additive Manufacturing and Vanguard – Bioeconomy with the goal of developing new industrial value chains based on the use of non-food biomass, with a particular focus on the demonstration/pilot lines phases, while ensuring complementarity within the existing initiatives at the European level. In this context, several pilot cases are being developed: “Biobased aromatics”; “Lignocellulose refinery: European value chains food second-generation sugar and lignin”; “Turning (waste)gas into value”; “Biogas beyond Energy”; “Aviation Fuel”; “High Value Food and Feed from agro-food waste”; and “Food and feed ingredients from algae”.

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In 2016, Wallonia was selected as one of the 6 demonstration model regions in the field of sustainable chemical production via a tender launched by the European Commission (DG GROW). Other regions involved are Scotland, Andalusia, Groningen and Drenthe (Netherlands), Košice (Slovakia) and Tipperary (Ireland). In this context, GreenWin contributes to the work of the Walloon consortium.

This selection is intended to allow the region to develop an ambitious strategy for sustainable chemical production and a bio-based economy, mobilizing all stakeholders, including industry, from a value chain perspective. The result should be the establishment of a regional financing plan identifying the specific investments to be developed, following a systemic approach.

In addition, to represent its members, the cluster is in contact with other influential European networks that may represent entry points for setting up European projects. These include:


KIC InnoEnergy is a public-private partnership initiated by the European Institute for Technology Innovation (EIT). It aims to encourage the development of innovation in Europe in the specific field of sustainable energy, and it is based on three principal missions: setting up and managing multi-partner innovation projects, entrepreneurship, and the organization of pan-European education programs (masters, and doctorate).


KIC Raw Material aims to ensure the accessibility, availability, and sustainable use of raw materials for the economy and for populations. Closer ties with KIC represents a new opportunity for members of the cluster to participate in innovative projects financed by KIC at the European level.


Last May, GREATER GREEN, the recently created environmental technology meta-cluster, invited cluster managers, environmental technology specialists and representatives of the Greater Region to the “Umwelt-Campus” site in Birkenfeld. Participants from Rhineland-Palatinate, Wallonia, Luxembourg, the Greater East Region, and Saar took advantage of the opportunity to exchange information and make new contacts. In addition, environmental technology experts from the border regions learned about the research projects developed on the campus related to biomass repurposing and zero-emission building techniques.

« Improving the visibility of environmental technologies is an important goal of GREATER GREEN », states Tamara Breitbach, manager of the meta-cluster. The aim is to increase the export rate and strengthen the innovative capacity of SMEs. Environmental technologies are a growing sector that encompass a wide range of areas, such as water and effluent management, renewable energies, sustainable construction, optimization of recycling processes, and implementation of circular principles in waste management. Digitization also plays an important role, as explained by Prof. Dr. Stefan Naumann, Scientific Project Manager, in facilitating process optimization and rapid information exchange.

Mrs. Breitbach also explained that there is as yet no experience with cross-border business networks, let alone with a network that itself connects the existing networks. “Developing processes, organizing sustainable networking and overcoming linguistic barriers – all these aspects make GREATER GREEN exciting and innovative, and require creative thinking.” The first Greater Green Meeting, which brought together approximately 25 participants, laid the foundations for our future collaboration.

The President of the University of Applied Sciences, Norbert Kuhn, emphasizes that the project is of great importance for the “Umwelt-Campus”: “Through the construction of the network, we hope to bring about new co-operation in the Greater Region. This contributes to our attractiveness for students who are increasingly looking for experience abroad. Our research activities will also benefit from international exchanges”.

The partners of the Greater Green project are: the Environment Ministry of Rhineland-Palatinate (Germany); State Chancellery of Saarland (Germany); Ecoliance e.V. (Germany); Hydreos (France); Pôle Fibres Energie Vie (France); Institut Carnot Energie Environnement en Lorraine (ICEEL, France); Cluster Plastiwin (Belgium); GreenWin cluster (Belgium); Cluster CAP 2020 (Belgium); Cluster Eco Construction (Belgium); INFOPÔLE Cluster TIC (Belgium); Cluster TWEED (Belgium); Cluster Val+ (Belgium); Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) (Lu); Neobuild (Lu).


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Contact

M. Gilles Colson
International Affairs Manager

gilles.colson@greenwin.be

+32 485 31 77 17