The project “Delivery of sustainable supply of non-food biomass to support a “resource-efficient” Bioeconomy in Europe”, in short S2Biom, was funded under the FP7 Energy Call Topic asking for:
… developing Strategies, Roadmaps and Tools (SRTs) in support of decision- making at local, regional and pan- European level with the involvement of economic, social, environmental and logistics research and building on most relevant data, projects, and scientific literature.
The project lasted 39 months and has fulfilled the requirements of the Call in all respects by achieving the following overall aim:
‘to support the sustainable delivery of non-food biomass feedstock at local, regional and pan-European level through developing Strategies, and Roadmaps that have been informed by a “computerized and easy to use” planning toolset (and respective databases) with up to date harmonized datasets for EU27, western Balkans, Turkey, Moldova and Ukraine. The spatial level of analysis both for the toolset and the databases has been NUTS1 (country), NUTS2 (regional) and NUTS3 (local level).1 ‘
Research work accomplished has covered the whole biomass delivery chain from primary biomass to end-use of non-food products and from logistics, pre-treatment to conversion technologies. All these aspects together have been elaborated to facilitate the integrated design and evaluation of optimal biomass delivery chains and networks at European, national, regional and local scale in order to define synergies and potential conflicts at local/ regional level of application and further support the development of strategies for best ways to realise a biobased economy.
Key to the success, cost efficiency and value for money of this project have been the utilisation of up-to-date, relevant information and data, including the following:
i. drawing upon BEE, CEUBIOM, Biomass Futures, Biomass Trade Centres, CAPRI, Sector, and Bioboost projects;
ii. selecting, interpreting and undertaking validation case studies – such as those on-going within the Logistec, INFRES and Europrunning FP7 logistics research projects; and
iii. close collaboration with key stakeholders from policy, industry and market sectors.
Key results and tools of S2BIOM are available on the project website. You can find all reports here.
This project received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 608622.