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Greengain newsletter #5
July 2017
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

Final conference of the greenGain project will highlight untapped bioenergy potential

The greenGain project is organising its final conference on 21. 11. 2017 from 8:00 until 13:00 in Brussels (The Egg). The event will be part of the conference European Bioenergy Future (EBF) thanks to our cooperation with AEBIOM. The greenGain session “Biomass from landscape conservation and maintenance work for renewable energy production” will bring attention to the often untapped potential of woody and herbaceous residues which originate during regular maintenance of public parks, roadsides, hedge rows or other green spaces. The focus is on increasing the market uptake of these biomass sources to supply renewable energy producers such as heating plants or biogas plants.

greenGain national workshop in Perugia

On Friday 30th of June 2017, the greenGain partners held the fourth greenGain national workshop in the prestigious location of the Regional Council palace in the historical centre of Perugia, Italy. The main focus of the workshop was the discussion about the feasibility of a Biomass Trade and Logistic Centre (BTLC), otherwise called Logistic Platform, in the area of the Trasimeno region. This center has the potential to increase market uptake of biomass from landscape conservation and maintenance work (LCMW). The first part of the workshop, in the morning, was dedicated to the presentations of representatives from academia, policy makers and private companies, the second part, in the afternoon, to a moderated discussion among stakeholders regarding the BTLC and other important aspects of the management of LCMW biomass in the Trasimeno region, such as logistics, technical problems and related costs.

Serra, Biomass, Energy and Employment

Serra is a small mountain town of 3,000 inhabitants in the Region of Valencia on the Spanish Mediterranean coast. The municipality covers an area of 5,730 hectares, with 95% of this territory lying within the Sierra Calderona Natural Park and 85% being forest. Serra’s biomass management project began eight years ago as an environmental bet, turning green waste coming form gardening, into a solid fuel used in a 35 kw biomass boiler to heat the municipal nursery.

greenGain at 25th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition at Stockholm

Together with FNR, SYNCOM represented greenGain at the 25th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE) in Stockholm from 12th-15th June with an oral presentation by Mini Bajaj on chances and challenges of biomass from landscape conservation and maintenance work (LCMW). The conference was attended by 1537 delegates from 70 countries. More than 850 oral and visual presentations covering the entire scope of biomass value chains were given. In addition, two parallel events and five workshops were conducted during EUBCE.

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.

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