Flanders Biobased Valley

Flanders Biobased Valley (FBBV), former Ghent Bio-Energy Valley (GBEV) is a non-profit organisation supporting the development of sustainable biobased activities and resulting economic growth in the region of Flanders, Belgium. Its main activities include:

  • building research and development expertise in the field of biobased products and bioenergy through joint research programmes;
  • creating synergies between industrial partners, support in building new value chains, cluster formation and industrial integration;
  • improving the general understanding and benefits of new biobased products and bioenergy through communication with industry and the wider public;
  • providing technological advice, as well as assistance with innovation projects to anyone wanting to move forward in the bioeconomy.

One of the merits of FBBV is the realisation of the biorefinery cluster at the Rodenhuize dock, representing the largest integrated production site for bio-energy in Europe. In addition, FBBV initiated the establishment of Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant in the port of Ghent through an Interreg Flanders-The Netherlands. Bio Base Europe Pilot plant is a flexible, multipurpose pilot facility offering scale up and process development services in the bio-based economy.

FBBV is strongly supporting and facilitating the use of second generation feedstock in Flanders as well as the use of waste gases for the conversion into chemicals. In this regard FBBV is coordinating an international network on gas conversion and syngas fermentation within the Vanguard initiative. In addition FBBV is member of Big-C, the Bio-Innovation Growth mega-Cluster, a joint bioeconomy initiative between Flanders, the Netherlands and North Rhine-Westphalia, where it is also active in the case on C1 conversion.


Flanders Bio

FlandersBio is the umbrella organization for the Life Sciences and Biotechnology Sector in Flanders. It is a dynamic organization, counting 240 members, which supports the continued development of this innovative sector.

The FlandersBio network brings together Flemish companies engaged in innovative and R&D activities in the life sciences. These companies develop drugs and diagnostics, medical technologies, and varieties of agricultural and horticultural crops aimed at sustainable agriculture and application in the green industry. The FlandersBio network also includes academic research institutions, investors and companies that supply services and technologies to the life sciences community.



essenscia vlaanderen, the regional branch of essenscia in Flanders, represents and defends the interests of its members in areas under the jurisdiction of the Flemish region and the Flemish community.

essenscia vlaanderen strives for the creation of an efficient and healthy business climate by working constructively with governments, socio-economic partners and other stakeholders.

essenscia vlaanderen closely monitors the development of new legislation and regulations and makes expertise in this regard available to its members. It helps them with the practical implementation of legislation and provides advice not only on environmental matters, health and safety, education, training, labor markets, innovation and R&D, energy and climate, and foreign trade but also on land use planning, infrastructure and logistics.