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7th of May 2010

Contest: Germany looking for „Bioenergy – Villages 2010“

Author / Source: Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection

The Federal Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV) was giving the signal for the beginning of the contest “Bioenergy-Villages 2010” today. The contest is looking for the three most successful bioenergy villages in Germany. Local authorities are requested to submit implemented concepts of production and use of bioenergy in the whole country. ‘The reduction of the consumption of fossil resources and the strengthened use of renewable energy sources are one important task for the future’, says the Federal Minister for Agriculture, Ilse Aigner, on the occasion of the start of the contest in Berlin. “With the competition “Bioenergy-Village 2010” we want to acknowledge the engagement for the further development of bioenergy in rural areas, as many other villages will follow the excellent examples” Aigner said.

Until the 18th of July 2010 communities with up to 10.000 inhabitants may apply. The most important condition: At least half of the annual heat and electrical energy consumption must be and bio based and of regional origin. The jury moreover considers the sustainable exploitation of biomass, efficient and innovative concepts as well as the integration of the inhabitants in the political processes within the bioenergy village. The biomass approach should also be incorporated into a tourist and regional marketing concept.

The winners of the competition await a price of 10.000 Euro each – bound to the further development of their bioenergy concepts.

The committee consist of persons from the bioenergy branch, administration, nature and consumer protection as well as communal authorities. The winners will be officially awarded in autumn. More information is available at the webpage: www.bioenergie-doerfer.de.

Summary of a Press Release by the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, 05.05.2010



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