Part-financed by The European Union
European Regional Development Fund and European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument
Jan 23, 2012
The work, started during the Bioenergy Promotion-project, will be continued in the framework of the “extension stage” instrument of the Baltic Sea Region Programme. The objective of the project activities of the thirteen project partners during the Extension Stage is to extend the strategic outputs of the main stage project into the Baltic Sea Region and national political arenas and also into the daily grind of utility companies and local and regional administration.
The Monitoring Committee of the Baltic Sea Region Programme decided to grant support to cooperation projects at its meeting in Berlin in September. Among six new projects, the already ongoing project Bioenergy Promotion was granted additional 1.1 million EUR to implement additional activities in the framework of the “Extension Stage” instrument.
The project consortium consists of 13 former Bioenergy Promotion-partners from eight countires and several associated partners (i.a. Baltic 21, national ministries and demo regions in each participating country) and will be led by the German Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR). The Extension Stage project starts immediately after Bioenergy Promotion and will run for two years.
To increase the impact of the developed strategies for deployment of sustainable bioenergy, the Extension Stage will trigger action on various levels: public procurement, corporate strategies of utility companies, proposing incentives within the reviewed Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), Rural Development Policy and Regional, Structural and Cohesion Funds.
Advice will be given to public procurers on how to use the existing procurement rules to integrate sustainable bioenergy concepts into public regional or municipal investment projects. Also, the project partners will elaborate recommendations on how to improve the public procurement rules in order decrease administrative burdens and administrative rules when intending to include sustainable bioenergy into tendering calls.
Project partners will enter into a dialogue with utility companies operating on regional and on transnational level regarding a possible integration of the Bioenergy Promotion sustainability requirements into their corporate strategies.
There are possibilities to install incentives for investment into sustainable bioenergy utilisation within the CAP, the Rural Development Fund, the Regional, Structural and Cohesion Funds. The Consortium will draft recommendations on how to integrate sustainability of bioenergy into the new operational programmes. The recommendations will be made available to the programme committees responsible for discussing and drafting the programmes valid for the next EU financial perspective.
Further to that the project strives to be available to Baltic Sea Region relevant transnational forums such as the Baltic 21 or the Nordic Council of Ministers. The strategic outputs on sustainable deployment of bioenergy may be worth to find entrance into strategic and political discussion focusing on the Baltic Sea Region Strategy and Action Plan. In close cooperation with the responsible actors, the project will deliver tailor made argumentation and input to such discussions.
On a more practical level, the Extension Stage activities will also provide direct support to so called demo regions implementing "Strategic Management Plans". These plans have been developed during the main stage project phase and include the Bioenergy Promotion sustainability requirements, an assessment of local or regional biomass and bioenergy potentials and are also proposing suitable business models. As such, these strategic plans are integrated concepts to increase the use of bioenergy within a region but without harming the environment or posing a threat to food security. The project will give practical advice and training on how to mobilise local people, create acceptance for modern bioenergy applications and on general coordinating activities necessary to start the implementation process.
The implementation will be accompanied within the demo regions and a lessons learnt -catalogue will be compiled to be distributed to other interested regions and/or municipalities across the Baltic Sea Region. This information will be kept available after project termination. The concepts tested within the extension stage will be advertised in workshops and information events in order to recruit follower regions that copy the concepts. Thus the Strategic Management Plans will be transferred to further regions and a multiplying effect will be triggered.
For further information please contact:
Aino Martikainen, Tel +49 3843 6930-166 or email@example.com
Germany: Agency for Renewable Resources, Environmental Policy Research Centre and Chamber of Agriculture Lower Saxony; Sweden: Swedish Energy Agency; Finland: Motiva and Tapio; Latvia: Vides Projekti; Lithuania: Lithuanian Energy Institute; Norway: Nordic Energy Research; Denmark: Roskilde University and Region Zealand; Poland: Baltic Eco Energy Cluster and Spektrum)
Belarus: Grodno; Denmark: Kalundborg; Finland: North Karelia; Germany; Rotenburg; Latvia: Tukums; Lithuania: Kaunas; Poland: Pomorskie; Sweden: Skaraborg