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Bioenergy Promotion2 - Bioenergy Promotion in Region Zealand

With inspiration from the Bioenergy Promotion project several new initiatives have been launched in Region Zealand in Denmark.

Regional Climate Strategy 2014
During 2013 and the first half of 2014 the 2nd generation of the Regional Climate Strategy is being developed. For developing the strategy we are using a multi-stakeholder approach in order to ensure that all key players are involved, and the best available knowledge is integrated into in the drafting process. The strategy will combine the two major challenges - mitigation and adaptation - and convert these challenges into business development opportunities.

Among the basic elements in the future regional energy system are biomass-based solutions. Some of the most important aspects are:

  • The combination of wind power and biomass-based CHP plants. Hereby the fluctuating wind power generation can be balanced. This is especially the case we gaseous solutions, such as biogas, which can react within a short period of time. In the future probably also gas from thermal gasification as well as hydrogen might become an integral part of the energy system.
  • Linking the energy system and the food production system. In 2012-2013 we have carried out the project "Agriculture as energy producer". This approach is important both on the short-term until 2020, and for creating the post-fossil farming system, beyond 2020.
  • Integrated local energy solutions, in which biomass often will form a key component. One major aspect is the utilisation of local resources with no or very limited loss and heat energy, i.e. in bigger (large-scale), community (medium-sized) or neighbour (small-scale) district heating systems.
  • Industrial and agricultural symbiosis approaches, which optimise the energy utilisation (by using a cascading principle) and the material utilisation.


Finally the principles and criteria for sustainable bioenergy systems from Bioenergy Promotion - and the improved version from Bioenergy Promotion 2 - will be included in the part of the Regional Climate Strategy addressing the design of the regional energy system.

Bioenergy Zealand Programme 2012-2015
In the autumn 2012 Region Zealand decided to launch a large programme on bioenergy promotion. A partnership consisting of 12 municipalities and 6 other key energy stakeholders related to research, industrial and agricultural development are carrying out the Bioenergy Region Zealand programme during 2013-2015. The programme has a total budget of 2.35 Mio Euro, and it is co-financed by the EU Regional Fund and Region Zealand.

The regional programme has made use of several of the findings, data and analyses developed during the main phase of the Bioenergy Promotion project. And Roskilde University, who was one of the partners in Bioenergy Promotion, is also partner in this programme.

The purpose of the programme is to prepare the establishment of bioenergy plants and to mobilise existing and new biomass resources for energy production. Thus some of the main activities are:

  • Mapping of the existing biomass resources, which may potentially be utilised for energy production
  • Prepare the mobilisation of different types of energy crops - in order to create an acceptable economy of biogas plants it is necessary to add more solid biomass to pigs and cattle slurry. And energy crops seem to be such an interesting energy source.
  • Feasibility analyses of 30-40 bioenergy plants - be it establishment of new plants or retrofitting of existing plants; the lack of such assessments often form a key barrier to decisions regarding planning of and investments in energy plants.
  • Preparation of pilot and demonstration plants in fields where solutions are not yet developed.

Written by Bjarne Rasmussen, Region Zealand

 

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Project acronym: Bioenergy Promotion2

Project title: Bioenergy Promotion 2 - from strategies to activities

Application call: 9

Priority: 4. Attractive & competitive cities and regions

Project website: www.bioenergypromotion.net

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Lead Partner:

Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V.
OT Gülzow Hofplatz 1
DE-18276 Gülzow-Prüzen
DE
Ms Aino Martikainen
E-mail: a.martikainen@fnr.de
Phone: +49 (0)38430 166
Fax: +49 (0)38430 102

Project Manager:

Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V.
OT Gülzow Hofplatz 1
DE-18276 Gülzow-Prüzen
DE
Philipp von Bothmer
E-mail: p.vonbothmer@fnr.de
Phone: +49 (0)38430 146
Fax: +49 (0)38430 102


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Summary description of the project:

The aim of the project "Bioenergy Promotion 2- from strategies to activities" was to promote and increase the sustainable production and use of bioenergy in the Baltic Sea Region.

Bioenergy Promotion 2 was a follow-up to the Main stage project Bioenergy Promotion. The Main stage project started in 2009 and concluded in 2011. The initial project consortium consisted of 33 partners, who were involved in project activities.

The Extension stage was implemented from 2011 to 2013. 13 partners participated the project. Its aim was to increase the impact of the regional strategies for deployment of sustainable bioenergy. The sustainability principles and criteria and strategic pland and concepts prepared for the demo regions during the Main stage, provided the main foundations for the Extension Stage project.

The partners implemented activities at various levels and

• provided input to the programming of the new Rural Development Policy and Regional, Structural and Cohesion Funds,

• created a dialogue with public and private utility companies with the aim of encouraging them to integrate sustainability principles in their corporate strategies,

• provided recommendations and thematic input to relevant transnational organizations and networks in the Baltic Sea Region, such as the Expert Group for Sustainable Development Baltic 21 under the Council of Baltic Sea States, the Nordic Council of Ministers or the Baltic Sea States Sub-regional Co-operation or

• provided direct support to so-called demo regions implementing bioenergy strategies and concepts developed during the Main stage.

The project also sought to encourage other regions to aim for full exploitation of their bioenergy resources and potentials. The concepts developed and applied in the demo regions have been promoted at workshops and information events in order to recruit “follower regions” interested in adopting and adapting the concepts to their specific needs.


Achievements of the project so far:

The overall objective of the Extension stage of Bioenergy Promotion (2012-2014) was to strengthen key outcomes and results of the Main stage. The sustainability principles and criteria, as well as the strategic plans and concepts prepared for the demo regions, provided the main foundations for the Extension stage project.

In the Extension stage seven of the initial 17 demo regions started to implement the regional strategic plans and concepts drawn up during the Main stage. The implementing activities included awareness-raising, mobilization and training of local stakeholders and decision-makers, and the adoption of complementary strategies. The results, outputs and findings of the demo region activities were published in regional reports.

The Extension stage project also comprised bilateral “twinning” activities between demo regions, e.g. between the regions of Zealand (Denmark) and Skaraborg (Sweden), and the region of Zealand and Gdynia (Poland).

Some of the partners entered into a dialogue with non-partner regions outside the project and discussed opportunities to transfer experiences, good practices and strategic concepts (joint Danish-German transfer initiative in the region of Latgale/Latvia). Also the Grodno Region Forestry Board from Belarus took as an associated partner actively part in project meetings and conferences and is highly committed to transfer the gained knowledge and expertise to its forestry units.

One of the project objectives was to enter into a dialogue with public and private energy utilities and other market actors, and to promote validation and “testing” of the principles and criteria for sustainable bioenergy production which have been developed during the Main stage. The partners prepared a report assessing existing corporate sustainability initiatives and strategies. The results of the assessment were discussed at a workshop organised in Brussels during the EU Sustainable Energy Week in June 2013.

The project fed project results into key EU funding programmes of strategic importance for the demo regions, but also for the partner countries and for Baltic Sea Region as well. The partners prepared three input papers providing recommendations for the formulation of the new Operational Programmes for the next funding period 2014-2020.

In the co-operation with Council of Baltic Sea States Expert Group on Sustainable Development / “Baltic 21” three main activities were carried out. In Stockholm the project organized two roundtables to discuss the project’s progress and results with the Baltic 21. As a result the project formulated a set of policy recommendations on bioenergy promotion in the Baltic Sea Region.

Several partner organisations decided to translate the lessons form the project activities into practivcal policy receoomndations and they prepared monitoring reports and organised policy lesson workshops with policy makers, support scheme managers and policy advisory bodies.



Project Duration: Oct 2011 - Jan 2014
Approximate total project budget in EUR: 1.462.490,00
ERDF co-financing: 1.090.480,00
ENPI co-financing: 0,00
Norwegian national contribution: 38.450,00

List of partners

Agency for Renewable Resources
DE-18276 Gülzow-Prüzen | GERMANY
OT Gülzow Hofplatz 1
Region: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Contact person: Ms Aino Martikainen
Phone: +49 (0)38430 166
E-mail: a.martikainen@fnr.de
Web: www.fnr.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:151.900,00
ERDF co-financing:113.925,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Region Zealand, Nature and Environment
DK-4180 Sorø | DENMARK
Alléen 15
Region: Sjælland
Contact person: Bjarne Rasmussen
Phone: +4557875838
E-mail: br@regionsjaelland.dk
Web: www.regionsjaelland.dk
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:56.000,00
ERDF co-financing:42.000,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Chamber of Agriculture Lower Saxony
DE-26015 Oldenburg | GERMANY
Mars-La-Tour-Strasse 1-13
Region: Lüneburg
Contact person: Dr. Alexander Rosenberg
Phone: +49-441801-704
E-mail: alexander.rosenberg@lwk-niedersachsen.de
Web: www.lwk-niedersachsen.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:125.660,00
ERDF co-financing:94.245,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Lithuanian Energy Institute
LT-44403 Kaunas | LITHUANIA
3 Breslaujos
Region: Lietuva
Contact person: Nerijus Pedisius
Phone: +370 37 401 805
E-mail: nerijus@mail.lei.lt
Web: www.lei.lt
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:118.475,00
ERDF co-financing:100.703,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery - Baltic Eco-Energy Cluster
PL-80-231 Gdańsk | POLAND
Fiszera 14
Region: Pomorskie
Contact person: Jan Kiciński
Phone: +48 58 341 68 25
E-mail: bkee@imp.gda.pl
Web: www.bkee.pl
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:175.500,00
ERDF co-financing:149.175,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
SPEKTRUM
PL-60-657 Poznan | POLAND
Sadowa 29
Region: Wielkopolskie
Contact person: Robert Gryz
Phone: +48 61 86 30 374
E-mail: r.gryz@spektrum.org.pl
Web: none
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:119.975,00
ERDF co-financing:101.978,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Swedish Energy Agency
63104 Eskilstuna | SWEDEN
PO Box 310
Region: Östra Mellansverige
Contact person: Pia Norrman
Phone: +46 16 544 22 07
E-mail: pia.norrman@swedishenergyagency.se
Web: www.energymyndigheten.se
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:125.856,00
ERDF co-financing:94.392,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Motiva Oy
FI-00101 Helsinki | FINLAND
P.O Box 489
Region: Etelä-Suomi
Contact person: Timo Määttä
Phone: +358 424 2811
E-mail: motiva@motiva.fi
Web: www.motiva.fi
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:49.997,00
ERDF co-financing:37.498,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Forestry Development Centre Tapio
FI-00700 Helsinki | FINLAND
Soidinkuja 4
Region: Etelä-Suomi
Contact person: Olli Äijälä
Phone: +358 20 772 9188
E-mail: olli.aijala@tapio.fi
Web: www.tapio.fi
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:90.105,00
ERDF co-financing:67.579,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Nordic Institution under Nordic Council of Ministers
NO-0170 Oslo | NORWAY
Stensberggata 25
Region: Sør-Østlandet
Contact person: Vida Rozite and Mikael Forss
Phone: +47 47614400
E-mail: vida.rozite@nordicenergy.net; mikael.forss@nordice
Web: www.nordicenergy.net
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:76.900,00
ERDF co-financing:0,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:38.450,00
Roskilde University
DK-4000 Roskilde | DENMARK
Universitetsvej 1 (P.O. Box 260)
Region: Sjælland
Contact person: Tyge Kjær
Phone: +45 46 74 25 28
E-mail: tk@ruc.dk
Web: www.ruc.dk
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:116.000,00
ERDF co-financing:87.000,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Environmental Policy Research Centre
D-14195 Berlin | GERMANY
Ihnestrasse 22
Region: Berlin
Contact person: Michael Krug
Phone: +49-(0)-30-838-54990
E-mail: mikru@zedat.fu-berlin.de
Web: www.fu-berlin.de/ffu
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:157.200,00
ERDF co-financing:117.900,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Environment Investment Fund
LV-1010 Riga | LATVIA
str. Gertrudes 10/12
Region: Latvija
Contact person: Ilze Neimane
Phone: +371 67215051
E-mail: ilze.neimane@videsprojekti.lv
Web: http://www.lvif.gov.lv
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:98.920,00
ERDF co-financing:84.082,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00