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BioRES - Sustainable regional supply chains for woody bioenergy 

BioRES aims at introducing the innovative concept of Biomass Logistic and Trade Centres (BLTCs) in Serbia, Croatia and Bulgaria based on international cooperation with European technology leaders. The BLTCs as regional hubs will help increasing local supply and demand for woody bioenergy products.


(LCMW) Relevance: BLTC, supply chain


The BIOWAYS mission is to promote the huge potential of bio-based research results and raise public awareness of bio-based products, using a variety of communication techniques and through public engagement activities and the development of educational tools and materials. The BIOWAYS is an H2020-funded project started in 2017.


(LCMW) Relevance: One of the objectives of the project is to understand the characteristics and potential of bio-based products and applications, including waste valorisation.


ISABEL project is about promoting, supporting and developing community biogas in Europe. The project is set on providing all the framework conditions for biogas communities to shape, develop, thrive and works on all angles in order to pave the way for the transition from traditional supply chains to community ownership and to take full advantage of the ample societal benefits of local community-driven biogas systems, fuelled and inspired by social innovation principles. The project started at the beginning of 2016 and will end at the end of 2018.


(LCMW) Relevance: ISABEL project promotes local production-consumption systems of waste-based (ie. sustainable) biogas.


The main aim of this project is to support the sustainable delivery of non-food biomass feedstock at the local, regional and pan European level. It should proceed through developing strategies and
roadmaps, that will be informed by a “computerized and easy to use” toolset (and respective databases) with updated harmonized datasets.


(LCMW) Relevance: Identification and extensive characterisation of existing and future non-food biomass conversion technologies for energy and bio-based products (thermal conversion, anaerobic digestion, biochemical conversion). The aim is to assess new and existing logistic concepts, design the most promising logistic supply-chains for cases at local, regional and pan-European level.

Angus Biofuels 

Five years ago Bill Watson created a £1.2m plant at Padanaram, west of Forfar, after developing the biomass business idea following extensive scrutiny of the industry in Europe. Being the forestry owner, woodchip producer, boiler installer and heat supply contractor the company covers every step of the production chain. It now employs around 10 staff and the Angus operation has been expanded to include depots in the Borders and Strathclyde.


(LCMW) Relevance: Integrated project with forest biomass value chain development

Bettona biogas and electricity production 

Cogeneration plant fueled with olive residues.


(LCMW) Relevance: Use of sustainable material for biogas production

Bioenergie Regionen 

The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BmEL) promoted structures for the production and use of bioenergy in total 21 bioenergy regions through Germany. In the first phase of 2009-2012 especially networks were built and the foundations for bioenergy production and use laid. In the second period from 2012 - 2015 it was targeted to increase the regional economic through bioenergy, to increase efficiency, optimize material flows and disseminate experiences between partner regions.
The bioenergy regions worked as so-called twin regions and contributed in this way to a very specific knowledge transfer.Objective of the promotion was to establish functioning networks. These received a central role in the regional strategy and contributed to the valorization of existing biomass potentials. The priority was a sustainable expansion, which also led to new jobs in the region.
The BmEL promoted between June 2009 and July 2012 networks with innovative concepts that used the development opportunities of bioenergy already by themselves. In a two-stage selection, a jury decided which 25 out of 210 candidate regions received funding (up to 400,000 €). Within three years, the winning regions have implemented various measures with help of this promotion.
The purpose of the bioenergy regions was to advance the expansion of the bioenergy industry in Germany and thus promote the economic development of their rural areas. They are models for the sustainable use of bioenergy and make through the integration of the local population an important contribution to the energy revolution.


(LCMW) Relevance: Promotion of bioenergy for better acceptance of projects

Biogas in Buonconvento ? Let's talk about it 

Best practise examples of good governance of decision making processes. A local government appointed a jury and a Guarantee institution for providing suggestions about the issuing of the building permit to a company for the realization of a biogas plant project.


(LCMW) Relevance: Promotion of public participation for better acceptance of projects

Biogas Plant of Spoleto 

The Biogas Plant is collectively managed by a group of farmers


(LCMW) Relevance: Use of sustainable material for biogas production

Biomass heating plant in Hostětín 

Municipal biomass heating plant heats almost the entire village Hostětín since 2000. It burns wood chips, waste from nearby sawmills and forests. Heat distribution is connected on 80% of households. In the village is in comparison with the past significantly cleaner air, the people do not have to make coal cellar, but thanks to the use of this renewable source of energy each year, together saves approximately 1,100 tons of CO2 emissions and therefore contributing the climate protection. The heating plant produces about 3,500 GJ of heat per heating season. Payments for fuel does not leave the region, as in the case of coal, gas or electricit and the beer goes to municipalities. Hostětín village strengthens its independence from a power-sufficiency by a very significant way.


(LCMW) Relevance: The heating plant use fuel - wood chips from local forests

Composting Plant [k]nord 

The story: Earlier, there were technical problems in the composting plant causing smell in the municipality; subsequently the site visit for the public was organised to exlain the causes of the problem; two contact person in the town were installed and are informed by the company in case of expected smell occurence (e.g. by maintenance work).


(LCMW) Relevance: Composting of green residues from private gardens combined with acceptance good practices

District heating in Témiscamingue 

For the Rémigny project, the municipal building and school showed a comsumption for heat of 21 000 L fuel/year taking into account a 115% increase of the fuel cost in 2002 and the potential biomass ressource available in the zone the municipality undertatook the necessary steps to settle a biomass district heating.


(LCMW) Relevance: Trees not used for sawing converted for district heating

Enhancing sustainable biogas production in organic farming (SUSTAINGAS)  

Economic synergy between biogas production and organic food production is essential for the success of biogas plants on organic farms. A tool to illustrate the economic mutual benefit between biogas and organic farming was developed and tested against data from the target countries Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Spain and Poland. The development of the tool was based on literature studies in the target countries and an expert workshop.
Best practice examples for sustainable organic biogas production on organic farms in the different European countries were be presented. Their beneficial impact on environment, society and sustainability is systematically described.


(LCMW) Relevance: LCMW biomass for biogas production

EU 2020 Going Local 

The focus of the project lies on the transfer of good practices into mainstream EU Structural Funds programmes within the project’s sub-theme “Energy and Sustainable transports”.


(LCMW) Relevance: Improving regional policies; motivate local and regional politicans to get more involved whith EU strategies on sustainability; waste to energy

GRass as a GReen Gas Resource: Energy from landscapes by promoting the use of grass residues as a renewable energy resource (GR3)  

The project aims to increase the use of grass and other herbaceous residues from landscape management as a resource for biogas production. The availability of different grass residue flows within the participating regions was analyzed and mapped. This allowed the identification of the most productive locations for grass residues suitable (in terms of volumes and quality) for biogas production. This identification of productive locations was joined together with other reports in order to create match-makings between local grass residue producers and biogas plants. These served as the basis for the development of business plans for a value chain between producers and biogas plants, along with joint declarations of intent to invest in such a value chain, and the establishment of supply contracts. For this purpose workshops and meetings were organized to inform the stakeholders.


(LCMW) Relevance: Biogas production from grass

Heating with hedges 

A governance mechanism for the maintenance of hedges on a cultivated area: ca. 170 km of hedges were maintained in the Münsterland in 2011/2012; 30 municipal customers; 140 private customers; 25 participating forestry contractor companies; ca. 30 600 m3 of poured (m3p ) wood chips harvested; heating performance ca 24 800 MWh; compared to heating oil saved 7680 tonns CO2; additional 60 km of hedges in the season 2012/2013 . Hedges were used for heating purposes.


(LCMW) Relevance: Use of landscape mainenance biomass for heating purposes

Hungarian Compost Association 

Hungarian Compost Association was found in 1999 at the Agricultural University in Gödöllo. Their activities are primarily: developing a good working relationship between compost producers, authorities, decision makers and associations of biological waste treatment; organization of compost seminars and workshops; collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Water by completing a Hungarian Waste Draft; bio waste regulation and bio waste strategy ; building up the compost quality systém. Hungarian Compost Association has 57 members, 90% of the composting plants in Hungary.


(LCMW) Relevance: Composting of green residues from private gardens combined with acceptance good practices

Interreg Salaš 

Project funded by EU - Regional Development Fund under the Interreg IIIA. The aim of the project is support utilization of environmentally clean heating biomass - wood, along with the use of solar collectors for domestic hot water. The basic idea is to use local sources of wood (contract with the management of czech forests - Lesy České republiky) for heating houses. The village provides self-production from thinning in nearby forests (up to forty years of age), thereby reducing emissions from transport. The result of the project is the creation of one job associated with the organization of harvesting, handling, record keeping and its billing individual participants in the project.


(LCMW) Relevance: Use of environmentally clean biomass from Czech forests for heating

MULLE - Das Landschaftsenergie Projekt 

www.mulle.lpv.de is Germany’s first internet portal for the energetic use (electricity & heat) of landscape maintenance material. The German Association for Landscape Maintenance (DVL) gives examples and provides professional information about the use of biomass from landscape maintenance. The further use of the biomass helps to reduce the costs involved in landscape maintenance generates energy and, hence, supports nature conservation. The project “MULLE” (Multiplication of solutions of landscape-maintenenance energy) tries to enforce these aspects. The project is funded by the German Ministry for food and agriculture via the Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR).


(LCMW) Relevance: Portal for the energetic use (electricity & heat) of landscape maintenance material.

Public consultation for the Massa Martana CHP project 

The municipality of Massa Martana has launched on its website a public online consultation about the realization of a new co-generation plant using renewable sources. The project, was considered an essential step in the process of redevelopment of the former disused industrial area in the hamlet of Villa S. Faustino (locations Red Water). Everyone cold have their say via email; the consultation lasted for ten days and served to identify the topics that were the subject of the conference that took place with major national and regional leaders and representatives of environmental groups and health facilities.


(LCMW) Relevance: Promotion of public participation for better acceptance of projects

Smolyan: Biomass fuelled district heating station 

Reconstruction and modernisation of the District Heating (DH) station (fuel switch from heavy fuel oil to biomass and consequently installation of a CHP unit to generate electricity and heat for better efficiency) with the aim to achieving energy and cost savings by fuel switch from expensive heavy fuel oil to local biomass, replacement of individual electricity and coal space heating of Smolyan residential buildings, increasing comfort for the citizens and reduction of GHG emissions. This sustainable energy action is considered an important part of the municipal RE/EE policy and is expected to significantly contribute to CoM obligations as well as to the local socio-economic development.
The DH station has currently a pipe-line network and heavy fuel oil boilers for supply of municipal buildings and tertiary sector private dwellings with heat; nevertheless due to the big increase of heavy fuel prices in the recent years, the station stopped operating. Before ceasing operation, it consumed about 630 t/year of heavy fuel oil and 1.230 t/year coal and 3.550 MWh/year electricity were additionally consumed for space heating by the tertiary sector (hotels, offices and private dwellings) that are now planned to be supplied by the new biomass fuelled DH station. The first major component of the project is to switch the fuel base of DH station in Smolyan from currently used heavy fuel oil to waste biomass (Component 1). The station currently supplies nine municipal buildings and has the capacity to connect more users who have expressed interest. In order to increase network efficiency the project envisages also partial reconstruction of heat distribution network as well as measures for EE in connected buildings.


(LCMW) Relevance: Biomass wastes (barks and branches) from wood logging and saw-dust from wood processing used for energy generation

Storm damaged forest: efficient and safe harvesting and log conservation methods 

Storms regularly strongly damage the European forests. The estimated 180 million m3 of fallen trees constitutes a great experimental field for improvement of methods for efficient and safe harvesting and log conservation. Harmonised procedures will be defined for evaluation and comparison of methods. A complete survey of publications and patents will collect the available methods and their implementation conditions. Remaining unsolved questions will be identified; an inventory of ongoing research will show the relevant additional experiments to be conducted. Partners will organise exploitation of ongoing and additional experiments. Short-term staff exchange will facilitate experience sharing. A technical users' guide, also accessible via a web site, and a technical seminar, will ensure efficient dissemination.


(LCMW) Relevance: Harvesting, conservation and exploitation of logwood fallen in consequence of storms

Zero waste concept 

It is a complex form of waste management without landfills and incinerators in the present form, which prevents system changes, generation of waste, minimizes the quantity and toxicity, maximally using the products, re-used and if it is no longer possible then recycles them.
The current activities of Friends of the Earth (Priateľove Zeme – SPZ) in this area consisted in obtaining information and educational distribution of the strategy 'Towards Zero Waste' self-government, government and professional institutions in the Slovak Republic. They were the first to launch a debate on this concept in Slovakia.


(LCMW) Relevance: Appropriate management of green waste from public