Promoting sustainable use of underutilized lands for bioenergy production through a web-based Platform for Europe
The BIOPLAT-EU project promotes and supports the uptake of sustainable bioenergy projects on marginal, underutilized and contaminated lands (MUC lands) in Europe. These lands cannot be used for food production or for recreational and conservation purposes, but in some cases, they still retain the potential to produce biomass for non-food purposes. Moreover such use of these lands is often not known to stakeholders, therefore the project promotes and informs about opportunities through a web-based platform which will include a public user friendly geographic information system tool. Users will be enabled to assess the environmental, social and techno-economic sustainability aspects of defined value chains for bioenergy production on MUC lands through this tool. This is supported by stakeholder engagement activities. In order to remove legal barriers for the uptake of such projects, communication activities with the responsible authorities will be organised. As for the technical and financial barriers, the project supports stakeholders and gives guidance on how such projects can be implemented. Moreover, it links biomass producers and processors with investors and guides them on how to make their projects bankable. Project duration: 11/2018 – 10/2021.
The specific objectives of BIOPLAT-EU are:
1. Creation of a database of maps of MUC in Europe that will be generated based on high resolution data (Copernicus high resolution layers (HRLs), time series data from Sentinels and other satellites) and their attributes. The database will be a compilation of our own maps with results from other EU and international projects which have already produced valuable maps, tools and information.
2. Development of a public user-friendly tool (STEN: Sustainability Tool for Europe and Neighbouring countries) that will assess the environmental, social and techno-economic sustainability aspects of scenarios and value chains with respect to specific economic and noneconomic conditions (technical feasibility of RES project) for bioenergy production on MUC land. The tool will then allow assessing the environmental, social and techno-economic sustainability aspects of the defined value chain if the user enters the required data specified in the tool.
3. Development of a web-based platform that will include mainly, a webGIS tool which will be composed of the STEN tool and the GIS maps in addition to the project website where information about the project will be included.
4. Mobilisation and involvement of stakeholders. In order to support the establishment of bioenergy value chains, it is important to inform stakeholders (farmers, public and private landowners, bioenergy industries, local authorities, investors etc.) about the opportunity of using MUC lands for sustainable energy production and to gather all actors to discuss the actual needs for the development of sustainable bioenergy projects on these lands.
5. Communication with authorities on how to remove legal or political market uptake barriers. In addition to taking part in the activities with the other stakeholders, an important objective is to communicate directly with local and regional authorities as they are responsible for the decision-making process which is often crucial for the further development of bioenergy value chains.
6. Provision of technical support to stakeholders on aspects linked to biomass production and processing, market access, management and access to finance, etc.
1. WIRTSCHAFT UND INFRASTRUKTUR GMBH & CO PLANUNGS KG Germany
2. FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS FAO Italy
3. GEONARDO ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES LTD Hungary
5. FORSHUNGSINSTITUTE FUR BERGBAUFOLGELANDSCAFTEN E.V. Germany
6. CONSIGLIO PER LA RICERCA IN AGRICOLTURA E L'ANALISI DELL'ECONOMIA AGRARIA Italy
7. NAUKOVO-TEHNICHNII CENTAR BIOMASA LLC Ukraine
8. UNIVERSIDAD DE CASTILLA - LA MANCHA Spain
9. CENTRUL PENTRU PROMOVAREA ENERGIEI CURATE SI EFICIENTA IN ROMANIA ENERO ASOCIATIEI Romania
10. EUROPEAN LANDOWNERS ORGANIZATION Belgium
11. 1to3 Capital B.V. Netherlands
12. NESTE OYJ Finland