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Greengain newsletter #4
December 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

Highlights from the national workshop in Fuentespalda (Spain)

The third national workshop of the greenGain project took place in Fuentespalda on 3rd December 2016. OMEZYMA as regional partner of the project was able to gather stakeholders from different sectors to discuss the challenges faced in the valorization of LCMW biomass in the regions of Matarraña and Bajo Aragón. Additionally, several speakers presented the work carried out to supply this biomass at local level as well as best practice examples from other regions and available financial instruments (FEADER).

First greenGain conference 2016

The greenGain project organized a conference on the role of biomass from landscape conservation and maintenance work for renewable energy production. The event took place on 21.10.2016 in Soltau, Lower Saxony, Germany and hosted renown experts in the field of biomass and renewable energy policies, technologies and research.

Highlights from the national workshop in Soltau (Germany)

The second national workshop within the greenGain project was organised by COALS and took place on the 21st and 22nd of October 2016 in Soltau in the German state Lower Saxony. The workshop was held in cooperation with the first international greenGain conference and hosted 46 participants from six European countries. Two site visits, which are described in the fourth article of this newsletter, completed the workshop.

The company Raiffeisen Agil & the fair „Heizen mit Holz“: new technologies presented in Germany

As completion to the national workshop in Soltau (Germany), described in the third article of this newsletter, the company Raiffeisen Agil in Leese and the fair “Heizen mit Holz” in Fuhrberg were visited on the 22nd of October 2016. In total 28 participants from Germany, Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, Belgium and the Netherlands joined the field trip.

The interviews to greenGain stakeholders: advices for policy makers and business development

Legal, policy, financial and governance frameworks regarding energetic use of feedstock from LCMW were analysed by 31 experts through interviews by project partners: the results address both policy making and business development.

The greenGain Biomass Assessment: revealing the hidden potentials of biomass from landscape conservation and maintenance work

In July 2016 the greenGain project partners finished the report on their assessment of the potential biomass amounts coming from landscape conservation and maintenance work (LCMW) in the four project regions. Deliverable 5.2 illustrates among other the applied methodology based on a bottom-up approach and shows for every LCMW type in the single project regions what potentials were calculated. The following article summarises the biomass assessment and presents an overview of the results.

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.