The aim of the Horizon 2020-funded project is to strengthen the energy use of regional and local biomass from the maintenance of areas and landscape elements, which is performed in the public interest. The scope of the biomass used will be any material predominantly produced from nature conservation and landscape management, but not from energy-crops.
The main target groups are regional and local players, who are responsible for maintenance and conservation work and for the biomass residue management in their regions. Moreover, the focus will be on service providers - including farmers and forest owners, their associations, NGOs and energy providers and consumers.
The project will show strategies to build up reliable knowledge on local availability of these feedstock and know-how on issues from logistics to storage and sustainable conversion pathways for the transformation of this feedstock to renewable energy (heat and energy products). Furthermore political, legal and environmental aspects will be addressed in model regions. Awareness raising, governance and public acceptance actions will be focused on. General guidelines will be prepared to guarantee a wide dissemination to other regions in the EU. The regional partners will be actively supported by technical partners for the project measures’ development and implementation.
As a Coordination and Support Action, the project focal point will be the exchange between the model regions and other similar relevant players in the EU, by good practice exchange, a topic-specific website, several workshops and educational site visits in different regions as well as other standard public relations activities.
The project team is carefully balanced between technical and scientific organisations and local demand side oriented players. Regions in northern Europe with a wide knowledge in this field are cooperating with European (south-west, middle and east) regions, having an untapped potential that can be accessed through efficient knowledge transfer.
The Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR) is coordinating the project implementation and the team with the partners from COALS (Germany), SYNCOM (Germany), CIRCE (Spain), OMEZYMA (Spain), Cz Biom (Czech Republic), Sogesca (Italy) and CM-ACT (Italy). This project is funded by the European Union and has a duration of three years from January 2015 till December 2017.
FNR contact person: Dr. Christiane Volkmann
This project is funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union for research, technological development and demonstration under Grant Agreement No 646443.