Northwest Europe establishes itself as leading European region in bio-energy
Partners in northwest Europe have joined forces to establish a network of bioenergy support centres looking to improve energy security, reduce carbon emissions and boost employment.
Transitioning to a bio-based economy is one of Europe’s major challenges. Dependence on non-renewables is depleting resources and increasing environmental pressure. Producing plastics and other materials, as well as fuels and energy, is vital, but new and greener energy sources are needed.
The BioenNW project aims to increase the production of bioenergy across Northwest Europe by promoting a decentralised heat and power scheme which integrates anaerobic digestion and intermediate pyrolysis - technologies enabling the use of different feedstocks in both rural and urban settings.
Creating a network of bioenergy support centres
Through a transnational support structure, a Bioenergy Support Centre has been created in each Member State involved in the project. Looking to boost innovation and business development in Northwest Europe, the project aims to prove that bioenergy is secure and economically viable. Furthermore, it aims to stimulate the development of local energy networks, urging stakeholders to explore multiple renewable energy technologies, which could stimulate the local economy.
The project also aims to establish and support North-western Europe as a leading European region in bio-based economy by bringing together key stakeholders, including local governments and industrial and financial organisations. All centres provide information and support to key stakeholders wanting to develop bioenergy projects in their regions.
By exploring Northwest Europe’s potential to develop renewable energy sources, the project aims at increasing energy security and reducing carbon emissions.
A total of five bioenergy schemes have been put in place while 20 more are expected to be established at a later stage.
The five bioenergy support centres are expected to continue operating after the project has been completed. A further 20 bioenergy development plans will be put in motion and expected to bear fruit two years after project completion.
The BioenNW will also aim at encouraging other regions to join the initiative and develop similar bioenergy projects.
Total Investment and EU Funding
Total investment for the project “BioenNW – Delivering Local Bioenergy to NW Europe” is EUR 7 974 125, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 4 026 537 from the Operational Programme “Interreg North-West Europe” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.