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Central Agricultural Raw Material Marketing and Development network (C.A.R.M.E.N. e.V.)
Central Agricultural Raw Material Marketing and Development network (C.A.R.M.E.N. e.V.)

Full Name in the national language:

Centrales Agrar-Rohstoff Marketing- und Energie-Netzwerk e.V.  (C.A.R.M.E.N. e.V.)

Company / Organization:

Central Agricultural Raw Material Marketing and Development network (C.A.R.M.E.N. e.V.)


Street Address: Schulgasse 18 City: Straubing Postal / Zip Code: 94315 Country: Germany

VAT Number:

DE 200752152



Member Type

AEBIOM Full Member

Sector of Activity


Base Country



(09421) 960300


CARMEN eV, the C connotations of core A grar- R ohstoff M arketing- and E nergie- N etwork, is a membership organization with charitable status and was founded in 1992 at the instigation of the Bavarian Parliament. In the 1980s and early 1990s, due to very good agricultural yields, it was decided to remove areas from food production in order to achieve price-supporting effects for farmers exposed to permanent structural change. Since the decommissioning areas thus created could not remain uncultivated, plants were cultivated which were not to be used as food but were suitable for energy or material use. These plants are called renewable resources , because they are produced again and again by the process of photosynthesis, in contrast to fossil fuels such as petroleum (which was produced a million years ago and therefore only exists in limited quantities). Renewable raw materials are an integral part of the crop rotation of agricultural production and in this sense are always available as stored solar energy. To enable these raw materials to be used for the production of industrial goods, new development and process processes had to be initiated at the level of basic research, which analyzed and assessed the special properties of the biomass. Only then did the production of consumer goods on industrial and economic scale. The energetic use of renewable raw materials also differs fundamentally from the burning of fossil fuels. The production, supply and transport of biomass as well as the corresponding efficient and low-emission combustion technology have completely different requirements compared to the combustion of conventional energy sources such as mineral oil or natural gas. Many of these processes were carried out under the objective of technical feasibility, economic viability and ecological compatibility by projects initiated and supervised by CARMEN eV, thus initiating a renaissance of the production and use of raw materials from regional agriculture and forestry.