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Greengain newsletter #2
January 2016
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

First greenGain project workshop took place in Czech Republic

The first workshop of the greenGain project was held on 25 November 2015 in the beautiful landscape of Ždárské vrchy in the Czech Republic’s Highlands Region. The workshop was organised by CZ Biom - Czech Biomass Association as a part of the 20th Conference Biomass, Biogas & Energetics 2015 to take advantage of the broad spectrum of experts and stakeholders attending the event. The greenGain event provided four presentations aimed at different aspects of the utilisation of biomass from landscape conservation and maintenance work. After the presentations participants had the opportunity to visit the near-by biogas plant in Ždár nad Sázavou which among other materials utilizes also biomass from landscape conservation and maintenance work.

Garden residues to compost: Interview with K-Nord GmbH from Ganderkesee, Germany

Within the greenGain project, interviews with both local and European players along the value chains are conducted to learn more about the daily business and framework conditions of biomass from landscape conservation and maintenance work. The interviews address on the one hand the treatment of the biomass along the utilization chain and additionally also the legal aspects of its use. The local business know-how is an important contribution to listening to European experts and researchers.

Legal and political framework of the energetic use of biomass from landscape management in Germany, Czech Republic and Italy

Under the EU Renewable Energy Directive 2009/28/EC member countries of the European Union are obliged to draft and submit to the European Commission National Renewable Action Plans (NREAPs) outlining pathways which will allow to meet their 2020 renewable energy, energy efficiency and GHG cuts targets. Germany set its target on 18% of share of energy generated from renewable sources in gross final energy consumption. In Czech Republic the renewable energy sources share of 13 % by 2020 is likely to be achieved with biomass being the main source of renewable energy with 85% share. Italy has notified the goal of 17% of renewable energy on gross final energy consumption in their national action plan on renewable energy (PAN). The countries have different available resources and their own unique energy markets to meet their obligations, including their legally binding 2020 targets. This article explains briefly how the political and legal regulation of energetic use of biomass, especially biomass from landscape management, contributes to meet these targets.

Treatment of wood from landscape conservation and maintenance work for fuel

After the amendment of the German Federal Immission Control Act related to new and automatic firing systems wood chips and wood pellets have to be more environmentally friendly and meet stricter emission threshold values since the beginning of 2015. The fuel quality of wood chips from landscape conservation and maintenance work (LCMW) is lower compared to forest wood because of higher bark and fine material contents. Therefore, the use of wood chips from LCMW as fuel necessitates certain treatment.

How relevant can be the biomass from landscape conservation and maintenance work for a territory?

It is usual that when a new source of biomass is identified as a potential interesting resource, to pose questions like next: Is this biomass resource actually a feasible and interesting feedstock for the inhabitants in a region? Should it be taken into account as a realistic alternative energy resource?

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.