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30th of November 2012

The wrap up of the project 4Biomass

The main goal of the project 4Biomass has been to promote the truly sustainable use of bioenergy. How? By facilitating exchange of information, supporting investments and providing decision makers with recommendations for sustainable policy measures.

One of the crucial parts of the 4Biomass has been the development of a favorable political network for using bioenergy. Biomass is a renewable source of energy. Unlike other RES as solar or wind energy is biomass renewable only up to a certain level, so it is necessary to ensure policies that encourage efficient and truly sustainable use of this resource.

The 4Biomass project analyzed the potential to exploit biomass in central Europe – looking at aspects like biomass trade and its implications for other regions – and shared this information with interested parties. The project also sought to build political support for biomass exploitation by distributing information on the topic during national and regional events, and by maintaining a widespread network of stakeholders who were involved in project activities.

Additionally, the 4Biomass project emphasized the support of biomass heat or combined production of heat and electricity as an opposite to electricity-only production. Heat demand is a local market and biomass is the most suitable renewable resource to supply for it. Biomass heat serves the needs of the people and ensures climate protection.


Local use of local biomass

Sustainability was a key objective of the project, but it is a broad term, and not every project that looks sustainable truly is, so it is important to analyze each utilization process separately, and pick only the most suitable and the most effective of the solutions.

Therefore throughout the 4Biomass project special focus was set on analyzing different national plans and incentives on biomass use and on exploring the overall national environment.

In order to find out more about the conditions in each country directly from the opinion of the stakeholders a survey on the targets and the implications of national Biomass Action Plans was conducted. Over 1200 questionnaires from stakeholders from different regions of Central Europe were collected and the results were worth the efforts. The major findings, which have been published in the STAKEHOLDER DIALOGUE SYNTHESIS REPORT were used to formulate a TRANSNATIONAL ACTION PLAN.


Boost bioenergy investments

Creation of an online database of best practices, which consisted of a demo project map included in the JOINT MANAGEMENT TOOL, was also an important part of the project 4Biomass. The database is available on the project website and enables easy access to information about biomass technology, legislation and software tools – as well as contacts of pertinent state organizations and implementing agencies.

This information helps stakeholders to find tailor-made solutions for investment in bioenergy projects.


Exchange of good practices is the key

The project also encouraged the exchange of good practices concerning technology, demonstration projects and management approaches. These exchanges helped ensure that partner regions have an equal level of knowledge regarding the operation of bioenergy systems as well as the investment possibilities for those systems.

One example of a beneficial exchange was the biomass heating project for a kindergarten in Poland, which was set up following a VISIT TO A FACILITY IN AUSTRIA. “Participation of our delegation touring in Austria helped us deepen our knowledge about the energy use of biomass. It has enabled us to get acquainted with the principles of operation of several biomass heating systems. Afterwards we have initiated a biomass project for a kinder garden and school in the commune of Bucze in the Malopolska region,” explained Pawel Majewski from Brzesko District Heat Company first-hand experience with project 4Biomass.


Trade studies

Biomass potential is limited and it is already evident, that some countries have shortages on biomass sources and are forced to import a considerable amount of biomass from other countries. This means that transnational trading is increasing, and it will be of great importance to establish sound and sustainable logistics for biomass transport.

To help in achieving this, each of the participating countries created trade study which have been afterward joint to a SYNTHESIS REPORT OF TRADE STUDIES covering the biomass trade flow in whole Central Europe. This study show not only national trading systems, but also the relationship with other Central European countries and their respective markets. This allows optimizing biomass supply chains and plans for their use.


Top organizations join together

One target of the project 4Biomass was the nomination of CENTRAL EUROPEAN BIOENERGY CENTRES (CEBC) resulting in a Central European Bioenergy Network (CEBioNet) promoting the use of energy from renewable sources.

Organizations and institutions active in the field of bioenergy were nominated as CEBCs according to a set of criteria which were elaborated by the 4Biomass project. They are expected to cooperate in order to promote the sustainable use of bioenergy in all CE countries.

This network of CE bioenergy centres now helps to support the use of bioenergy from biomass in order to contribute to reaching the sectorial targets set by Member States in the National Renewable Energy Action Plans (nREAPs).


Due to the joint effort from all partners with the involvement of national stakeholders on one side and policy makers on the other it has been possible to improve within the 4Biomass project the bottom up stream of information and to push forward the biomass incentives development and this not only on a nation level, but as incentives in a frame of the whole Central Europe.


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This project is implemented through
the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-financed by the ERDF