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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

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.


GIS tool for Biomass Resources Assessment in Southern Europe


(LCMW) Relevance: Maps of diverse LCMW biomas utilization industries, industrial equipment and machines and research centres.


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.

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.

BioWtL - Biowaste to liquid 

The aim of this project is to research the thermochemical conversion (Pyrolysis) of biogenic residues to provide alternative fuels. Both the technical feasibility for a practical application as well as the related economic and environmental aspects (including costs and greenhouse gas emissions) were considered.


(LCMW) Relevance: Technological and process approaches


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.

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


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

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


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).


Florafuel AG has developed an innovative procedure which enables local authorities, farmers, composting plant operators and trade companies to process biomass and biogenic waste (such as grass, foliage, reeds, marshland cuttings, roadside cuttings and silage) into high-grade, regenerative CO2-neutral energy sources in the form of pellets and briquettes. The plants and dryers needed for this are developed and sold on the market by florafuel AG.


(LCMW) Relevance: Utilization of grass, foliage, reeds, marshland cuttings, roadside cuttings and silage.

GR3 – Grass to Green Gas 

GR3 promotes the use of these residues from landscape management as a resource for biogas.


(LCMW) Relevance: The project aims to increase the use of grass and other herbaceous residues from landscape management as a resource for biogas production.

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

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.