13th of April 2012
Bioenergy–Regions in Germany — an example for sustainable development in Central Europe
25 regions in Germany are acknowledged bioenergy-regions being the winner of a competition by the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV) carried out in 2008. For three years these regions were granted up to 400.000 Euro to implement their regional development plans for bioenergy. Since then the Bioenergy-Region project has been a success story implementing bioenergy in rural areas in a sustainable way.
Currently, the bioenergy-regions were offered an extension of the project by the German Federal Ministry. The regions are asked to submit project proposals with new activities and new concepts for an extension state. The Federal Ministry will then decide which of the bioenergy-regions will receive further support for the next project period.
In February 2008 the Federal Ministry initiated the nationwide competition to establish regional networks in the field of bioenergy. 25 regions have qualified for BMELV funding through a two-stage selection process. Each of them receives up to 400,000 euros over the period of three years until the year 2012. Investments are not considered for funding as part of this project. The funds allow the regions to implement their regional development plan. This involves exploiting the regionâ€™s bioenergy potential and capitalising on each regionâ€™s particular strengths. Over this period, the regions are assisted through workshops and a scientific study. The focus of the project is the exchange of information between stakeholders. Also these regions are examples for other regions.
The â€˜Bioenergy Regionsâ€™ project aims to contribute to the expansion of the bioenergy sector in Germany and to promote development in rural areas. The competition mobilises existing resources in order to add value within the regions and create new jobs. Concrete objectives are:
The aim of the prolonged project period is to consolidate sustainable structures of the current bioenergy-regions as well as ensuring a transfer of experience and knowledge gained to other regions. Additionally, in this coming project period the coordinators would like to make this project known to other European countries.
More information is available under following website: www.bioenergie-regionen.de/
This project is implemented through
the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-financed by the ERDF