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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.


The Project 4Biomass fosters usage of bioenergy throughout Central Europe (CE) via turning know-how to show-how. Providing the exchange of best practice concerning technology, demonstration projects and management approaches and direct support to regional stakeholders by turning know-how to show-how (workshops, project development, field trips).


(LCMW) Relevance: Project 4Biomass analyses the exploitable biomass potential in CE and its respective trade. Participation of a greenGain project partner (CZ Biom).

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

Bioenergy Promotion 

The principles and criteria developed in the Main stage project cover all use of biomass for energy purposes (not only biofuels and bioliquids) and include biodiversity, resource efficiency (including land use), energy efficiency, climate change mitigation efficiency, social well-being and economic prosperity.


(LCMW) Relevance: Utilization of woody biomass (logging residues, LCMW biomass from roadside vegetation). Participation of greenGain project partners (COALS, FNR)


Project on development and expansion of regional logistics structures for wood fuels


(LCMW) Relevance: Utilization of roadside timber. Plus parallel project BioRegio: Strategies for a sustainable energetic utilisation of biomass in chosen model regions.

Biomass Energy Europe 

The Biomass Energy Europe (BEE) project was initiated to harmonise methodologies for biomass resource assessments for energy purposes in Europe and its neighbouring countries. The harmonisation will improve consistency, accuracy and reliability of biomass assessments for energy, which can serve the planning of a transition to renewable energy in the European Union.


(LCMW) Relevance: The relevant sectors have been investigated: forestry, residues from traditional agriculture and waste.

Biomass Futures 

The Biomass Futures Project will assess the role that biomass can play in meeting EU energy policy targets. It will develop tailored information packages for stakeholders, as well as inform and support policy makers at both the European and national levels.


(LCMW) Relevance: Utilization of diverse feedstock; including road side verges and landscape wood.

Biomass Policies 

The Biomass Polices project aims to develop integrated policies for the mobilisation of “resource efficient” indigenous bioenergy ‘value chains’ in order to contribute towards the 2020 bioenergy targets set within NREAPs & 2030, and other EU27/ national policy measures. It will do so by capitalising on the knowledge of three recent studies (Biobench ; Biomass Futures and the recent (2012) study from European Environment Agency ) and through concise collaboration with selected Energy Agencies (in the participating countries, i.e. AT, BE, DE, EL, ES, HR, IE, NL, PL, SK, UK) and key stakeholders from the policy and market fields.


(LCMW) Relevance: Resource efficient bioenergy value chains.

Biomass Trade Centre 1 & 2 

The Biomass Trade Centre II project aimed at increasing the production and the use of energy from wood biomass by organizing motivation events. They engaged target groups to invest in biomass business and biomass logistic & trade centres (BLTC) in 9 EU countries by presenting clear, integrated and market orientated information to potential investors: farmers and forest owners, forest entrepreneurs, wood energy contractors and other stakeholders regarding business opportunities to produce and sell energy products and services to the market. It also fostered wood energy contracting between biomass providers and potential users.


(LCMW) Relevance: Feedstock: woody biomass.


Project creates mechanisms for sustainability and valuation of the solid biomass market in the space of the SUDOE (Spain, south of France and Portugal); Stakeholder database


(LCMW) Relevance: The creation of employment, economic growth of the regions, energy autonomy for the SUDOE and decrease of the energy cost for the consumers.


Project supports the development of efficient and reliable markets for solid biomass in five target regions, stimulates investment into bioenergy projects and trading businesses of local Stakeholders and inspires other rural areas to follow the example of the target regions.


(LCMW) Relevance: Project regions formally adopted an Action Plan with a timetable and milestones to enhance their bio-energy to at least 1/3 of the energy demand for electricity and heating.


COMBINE aims at opening up of abandoned urban, natural and agricultural areas for the energy production.


(LCMW) Relevance: Utilization of semi-natural grasslands, set-aside meadows, road- and railroad-side grass verges, but also other types of green cut.


The overall aim of ENERBIOSCRUB project ("Sustainable management of shrubs formations for energy purposes") is to contribute, as part of the overall objectives of LIFE+ Environmental Policy and Governance, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) to mitigate the effects related to climate change, through the demonstration and deployment of technologies that contribute to substantially reduce GHG emissions.


(LCMW) Relevance: Diverse feedstock; locally sourced biomass

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


EuroPruning project aims to be the take-off for an extensive utilisation of the agricultural prunings for energy in Europe. The project aims to the development of new improved logistics for pruning residues. This includes harvesting, transport and storage for agricultural prunings.


(LCMW) Relevance: Agricultural prunings (fruit tree, vineyards and olive grove prunings and branches from up-rooted trees). Participation of a greenGain project partner (CIRCE).

Green Partnership: Expert Working Group Biomass 

Project’s aim is to support local administrations to overcome existing obstacles and effectively implement the set measures on the way to energy efficient cities and regions. Sustainable solutions will be implemented by creating local partnerships between owners, suppliers and final users of these initiatives.


(LCMW) Relevance: Diverse feedstock; in case of studies from Cyprus also products from municipal gardening. Plus expert Working Group Biomass: possible source of actors for greenGain.


The project focuses on improvement of all biomass value chain’s components and assesses the sustainability in terms of environmental, economic and social impacts.


(LCMW) Relevance: . Innovative techniques for crop management, biomass harvesting, storage and transport provide a possibility to increase biomass supply whilst keeping costs down and minimizing adverse environmental impacts.

Nature Outlook 2010-2040: Regional case study 

The case study focused on the regional use of wood chips. This fuel comes mainly from coppice wood and trimmings from landscape features and public green spaces.


(LCMW) Relevance: Utilization of woodchips from LCMW.


PROFORBIOMED promotes renewable energies (RE) in MED areas by developing an integrated strategy for the use of the forest biomass as a RE source, recovering the forest biomass potential, developing technical and legal aspects and promoting the use of forestry biomass for energy.


(LCMW) Relevance: Feedstock: forest biomass

Project DBU 22128-33/0 

The aim of this project was to develop and implement optimised mobilisation-, supply- and logistic- concepts for energy wood from forests and LCMW for a concrete region. For that, existing and innovative technologies and organisational approaches for the supply of energy wood were further developed and combined. During this process, all affected regional actors were involved.


(LCMW) Relevance: Feedstock: energy wood from forests and LCMW.


PRONARO provides comprehensive analysis of economically and ecologically sensible use of renewable resources on roadside areas and remote sensing based analysis for the collection of roadside vegetation and derivation of care concepts.


(LCMW) Relevance: Feedstock: roadside vegetation.


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