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Greengain newsletter #3
June 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

Project meeting in Zaragoza

The greenGain partners held already a fourth project meeting, this time in Zaragoza, Spain on 3 – 6 May 2016. The meeting gathered all the consortium partners to summarize the works carried out so far, and plan the upcoming tasks that will be undertaken in the second half of the project’s lifetime.


The INFORMATION PLATFORM provides information on biomass from landscape conservation and maintenance work with a focus on energy utilization of this feedstock. The greenGain project partners have launched the website at the beginning of 2016. The platform is intended for experts in the field as well as the general public. We gather information on the potential of feedstock from public green areas, its use as a source of renewable energy and the broader policy, economic and social context of its utilization across EU member countries.

greenGain conference and workshop in Germany, 21.- 22.10.2016

The greenGain project is organizing a conference and a workshop dedicated to explore the role and potential of biomass from landscape conservation and maintenance work for renewable energy production in European regions. The event will take place on 21. – 22. October 2016 in Soltau, Lower Saxony (Germany). Presentations and discussions will be accompanied by a site visit and a free participation at the fair “Heating with Wood” (Heizen mit Holz) near Hannover.

Occurrence of material from landscape conversation and maintenance work for energy consumption in Europe – An overview

Biomass from landscape conversation and maintenance work (LCMW) is mostly not utilised in Europe, although it originates as a residue from necessary maintenance measures and its utilisation is in accordance with the principles of sustainability. To support an efficient treatment of LCMW biomass, the data on its potential, types and possible utilisation technologies need to be reviewed. With this motivation, available information on the topic was analysed and documented in the „Report on the state of the art of the occurrence and use of LCMW material for energy consumption in Europe and examples of best practice“. The following article provides a summary of this report which can also be downloaded on the greenGain Information Platform.

Energy utilization of material from landscape conversation and maintenance work (LCMW) with the help of conversion technologies

The utilization of biomass LCMW for bioenergy production with conversion technologies is manifold but still exceptional in its application. An overall scheme of conversion routes from biomass to bioenergy including their stage of development offers the report Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation written by the IPCC in 2012 or the report Biomass for heat and power by the International Energy Agency (IEA) from 2015.

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.