Developing an efficient and sustainable biomass supply chain in 5 European Nature Parks

Project description

BioEUParks is a Project applied under IEE Altener Programme, addressing the 2012 proposed priority ‘Solid biomass’. The Project is going to contribute to increase the local supply of biomass from sustainably managed forests and agricultural residues, aiming to develop an efficient and sustainable biomass supply chain in 5 European Nature Parks, and promoting short chains and small-scale installations.

Here you can download the BioEUParks final report: Socio-Economic and Environmental Responsible Models for Sustainable Biomass Exploitation in European Protected Areas. The report emphasises the different approaches and methodologies implemented in each Park and the results achieved, and is a useful tool for Protected Area managers 

The development of small-scale supply chains can be realised due to an approach sharing objectives and co-planning with local key actors. For this reason, the project aims also to develop a methodology of encounter, discussion, sharing and co-planning for overcome the social conflicts that can born in occasion of significant structural interventions. Furthermore the project mainstreamed the experience done and improved the skills of Nature Park managers, engineers and technicians on the matters dealt with the project.

To provide a methodology for better set-up and manage local biomass supply chain based on the exploitation of solid biomass in 5 Nature Parks, the Project will bring the main features, such as:

  • environmental sustainability: the environmental impact, as well as the influence on the lives and health of locals, will be reduced at the minimum;
  • participation sharing and co-planning with all relevant local key actors, as a transparent and democratic method will overcome the social conflicts;
  • long term perspective in the capability of the system to maintain itself over time under social, economic and environmental aspects;
  • contribution to the increase of the income of local economic activities.

Who are the target groups of the Project and what is their role?

1) Nature Park managers, engineers and technicians are responsible for the local governance of parks and for the kind of interventions foreseen in the project.

2) Local people represent the diffuse interest of the local community to live in a clean, sustainable and healthy safe environment.

3) General public doesn’t interact with project’s activities in general, but the project wants to provide its contribution to the wider debate on the energy and environment future of Europe, through a large dissemination activity.

How long is the project and what are the main phases?

The activities of the Project are organised on 4 macro-phases on a total length of 36 months.

The first macro-phase addresses the local communities with the aim to aware and to inform all citizens on the themes treated and the main features of the project. The second macro-phase constitutes the core of the entire project: within the action it will be planned one solid biomass supply chain for each nature park involved. The third macro-phase is devoted to improve the technical contents of project through capacity building actions and mainstream the experience done beyond the partnership, and the fourth macro-phase regards the external communication during the full length of the project.

What are the expected results of the project?

  • 197.626,05 tons of ‘solid biomass’ stocked per year
  • 50.394, 64 kWhel/year produced from CHP plants, 459.480,57 kWhth/year thermal energy produced
  • 330 Nature Park managers, engineers and technicians trained
  • 100 participants to the international conference
  • At least 100 Nature Parks will be reached by the project
  • 360 local key actors and stakeholders (public and private) will be involved in national workshops, 5.000 citizens and general public will be informed about the project, 7.500 in total, also considering the countries not directly involved in the project