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Greengain newsletter #6
December 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

Back at the successfully finished greenGain project

Dear reader,

This is the final newsletter of the H2020-funded project greenGain and informs about the main results of the project. All the project activities have been finalized until the end of December, 2017.

The final conference of the greenGain project took place in Brussels at 21st November 2017. Beside other reports the main results of the project are summarized in the business cases, strategy paper and handbook. The project partners implemented pilot experiences in Italy, Spain, Czech Republic and Germany.

The motivation behind all these activities and events of the project was to:

• trigger the exploitation and coordinate as well as support the market uptake of currently underused biomass sources from landscape conservation and maintenance work (LCMW) for energy purposes,
• mobilize biomass not competing with food and feed production,
• assess and develop planning, harvesting, transport, pre-treatment, measuring, energy conversion and financial frameworks,
• support local governance processes, develop tools for an active & supportive citizenship and realise a good practices know-how platform.

The project showed that LCMW biomass is a possible alternative source for bioenergy and that it is worth to focus on this feedstock and to include it in already existing value chains to support the energy transition in Europe.

The greenGain Consoritum would like to thank all participants who actively followed the project, with your support, greenGain could be finished successfully. We are very proud to present to you all the results which consider not only practical but also economical, financial and political points of view to raise the awarness and the use of LCMW biomass for bioenergy purposes.

Please feel free to study the greenGain website, where you can find all results and activities produced and organised during the greenGain project as well as all articles and deliverables. You are also invited to visit the greenGain PLATFORM which contains a lot of knowledge about LCWM biomass, other similar projects, a list of experts in the field and additional literature.

We wish you and your families a peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

On behalf of the greenGain Consortium,

Best regards,

Christiane Volkmann, FNR, project coordinator

Final conference of the greenGain project

The final conference of the greenGain project has been organised in cooperation with AEBIOM during the annual conference European Bioenergy Future on 21. 11. 2017 in Brussels. The title of the greenGain session Biomass from landscape conservation and maintenance work as a source of renewable energy nicely summarizes the focus of the greenGain project for the last three years. This feedstock presents interesting complementary material for bioenergy operators on a local level. Increased awareness among stakeholders is a key prerequisite to take advantage of these materials which are still underexploited on the European level. Without communication and cooperation between municipalities, service companies and bioenergy operators, the market uptake will hardly reach its full potential. Stable policies supporting renewable energy in the EU provide necessary context, which can strengthen a dense network of biomass consumers.

Political recommendations and practical guidelines to increase the market uptake of biomass from landscape conservation and maintenance work (LCMW)

It was the main aim of greenGain to strengthen the energy use of regional and local biomass from maintenance of green areas and landscape elements, which is performed in the public interest. Goal of the project and main outcomes are guidelines and recommendations for relevant players in the EU, providing knowledge covering practical and political points of view.

Setting up of a Biomass Logistic and Trade Centre in the Trasimeno Model Region

The LCMW supply chain is less competitive than other biomass subsectors due to low geographic density, the diverse quality and seasonal occurrence of the biomass. The idea emerged during the greenGain project is to develop a value chain by installing Biomass Logistic and Trade Centres (BLTC) in focal points of the production pathway, where value can be added to the quality of the biomass by treating and selecting it and where the consumer can have the security of supply.

Business insights for the valorisation of biomass from landscape management

Business cases have been investigated that demonstrate the greenGain-approach of energy production from landscape management biomass. These business cases cover various segments of the value chain from biomass sourcing, upgrading, trading and the application as feedstock for bioenergy generation.

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.