Market outlook: Report on building a bio-based future

New Wageningen study about bio-based economy in the north of the Netherlands suggesting huge potential for the region

A recent study published by Wageningen University for the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs considered the development of the bio-based economy in the north of the Netherlands and suggested that the region had huge potential.

According to the report – entitled Noord4Bio – it could become a large-scale producer of green chemicals, plastics and cattle feed protein, and cement its position as “a player of world stature, which means a unique position for the Netherlands and Europe”.

The three northern provinces benefit from robust sea ports, a chemicals and plastics cluster, and well-developed arable farming with plenty of scope for expansion and cattle farming.

Future success would be dependent on close collaboration, knowledge-sharing and support from companies that wanted to take ownership of the opportunities, it said.

For more information about development in the region, visit


ICIS, press release, 2015-05-22.


Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs
Wageningen University


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