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Greengain newsletter #1
October 2015
An opportunity for Europe: biomass from landscape conservation and maintenance work
greenGain project

GreenGain is a European project started in 2015 which is looking for solutions to increase energy utilisation of biomass feedstock coming from landscape conservation and maintenance work carried out in public interest.

Project news

Project greenGain will increase energy use of neglected biomass resources

Project greenGain is looking for solutions to increase energy use of biomass feedstock coming from landscape conservation and maintenance works in the public interest. Vegetation from roadsides, river banks, hedgerows or public parks is often neglected, but it has a substantial potential to increase the feedstock supply for the growing renewable energy sector. The three year project which started on January this year is supported by the Horizon 2020, European program to foster research and innovative solutions in the EU. The project partners launched the project with a Kick-off-meeting in Berlin earlier this month.

Machines to produce woodchips from biomass of landscape conservation and maintenance work (LCMW)

Mostly, wood from landscape conservation work consists of bushes and has small dimensions. The processing of this biomass to woodchips is ideal because it allows the use as fuel in furnaces with mechanical auto feed. Woodchippers are available in different sizes and construction types.

GreenGain starting point: What is the current situation of LCMW feedstock in the EU?

In order to set the greenGain project into the European context of similar activities already performed, the types and treatment of biomass from landscape conservation and maintenance works (LCMW) in EU will be mapped. Several approaches like internet research, collecting of relevant articles, performing interviews and looking for best practice examples will be taken. The outcome will be a summarizing report on status quo in EU.

Feasibility of providing unused biomass in different regions of the EU

GreenGain partners are exploring promising genuine biomass resources from land management and conservation works in 7 model regions in Europe. Local companies, municipalities and public authorities are collaborating to identify those still underutilised resources and discuss the way to integrate them into the local and regional biomass markets. Pre-identified biomass resources in greenGain model regions are, among others, biomass residues from river, waterways and roadside cleaning, grass removed from lake shores, firewall infrastructure opening and maintenance, clearing of invasive vegetation in agricultural abandoned lands, vineyards and olive groves residues in landscape protected areas, and urban parks maintenance.

The second project meeting of greenGain in Magione

The second project meeting of the greenGain consortium was held in Magione (Perugia, Italy), in the beautiful landscape of the Trasimeno lake and of the Tiber valley on 4/5 June 2015. The meeting was organised by the regional partner Comunità Montana-Associazione dei Comuni Trasimeno-Medio Tevere with the support of the technical partner SOGESCA.

Partners & contact details

FNR - The Agency for Renewable Resources
Christiane Volkmann, project coordinator,
lead partner,

COALS - Chamber of Agriculture Lower Saxony
Aline Clalüna, project manager

SYNCOM Research and Development Consulting GmbH
Kathrin Ludewig, project manager

CIRCE - Research Centre for Energy Resources and Consumption
Daniel García, project manager

OMEZYMA - Local Action Group Bajo Aragón-Matarraña
Joaquin Lorenzo, project manager

CZ Biom - Czech Biomass Association
Jan Doležal, project manager

Federico De Filippi, advisor

CM ACT - Comunità Montana – Associazione dei Comuni “Trasimeno – medio Tevere”
Louis Montagnoli,
manager of planning and projects

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 646443.

The sole responsibility of this publication lies with the author. The European Union is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.