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Strategic Initiative for Resource Efficient Biomass Policies (BIOMASSPOLICIES)

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The main aim of this project is to develop integrated policies for the mobilisation of "resource efficient" indigenous bioenergy ‘value chains’ in order to contribute towards the 2020 & 2030 bioenergy targets (set within NREAPs and other EU27/ national policy measures). It will do so by capitalising on the knowledge of three recent studies (Biobench ; Biomass Futures and a study of the European Environment Agency) and through collaboration with selected Energy Agencies (in the participating countries, i.e. AT, BE, DE, EL, ES, HR, IE, NL, PL, SK, UK) & and key stakeholders from the policy and market fields. National and European workshops will be organised with stakeholders.


  • Guidelines for data collection to estimate and monitor sustainable biomass supply at national level (feedstock-specific availability ratios and guidelines on most efficient conversion pathways) and guidelines for selecting the most resource efficient value chains (with a thorough set of technical indicators) integrating resource efficiency (including sustainability aspects) and potential market distortions in relation to their competing uses.
  • Outlook of spatial biomass value chains at EU27, per MS, with updated cost-supply curves and a selection of the most promising feedstocks for bioenergy by region and country and a map of the feedstock-related policy landscapes (broader than energy policy) in EU27 across sectors and Member States in the overall framework of sustainable bioeconomy.
  • Benchmarking existing policy approaches for their current and expected market impact (in relation to NREAP targets), efficient use of resources, abatement of sustainability risks and competition and future integrated policy frameworks (for heat, electricity/ CHP and advanced biofuels) with balanced approach towards resource efficiency and competition and qualitative and quantitative assessment of their impacts towards meeting the NREAP targets (EU27 and participating MS).
  • Active involvement of national administrations (through the participating energy agencies and dedicated workshops) to provide input with regards to biomass value chains and national policies, and to validate project findings and structured iterative interaction with industry and market stakeholders through workshops and teleconferences to build sectoral support for the integrated policy frameworks and proposals.
  • Translation of policy frameworks into concrete proposals for national policy legislation in the participating countries.

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Imperial College London - Department for Civil and Environmental Engineerin
United Kingdom
Contact point: 
Calliope Panoutsou
+44 20 7594 6781


In brief

01/04/2013 to 31/03/2016
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