SecureChain received €1.8 million of EU funding to ensure that the bioenergy supply chains in six EU regions meet the highest environmental, quality and financial viability standards through the implementation of Sustainable Supply Chain Management (SSCM).
SecureChain targeted complementary European model regions where bioenergy is well established, yet which have major biomass resources from agriculture and forest land still unused. Mobilisation of these locally available resources is an opportunity to upgrade existing and new supply chains with more standardised, synergetic uses of biomass.
In special calls of SecureChain project, local SMEs were encouraged to propose new relevant pilot projects for SSCM, which then received capital for implementation with the support of specialised advisors. The target supply chains underwent a full Life Cycle Assessment of material and energy fluxes to ensure that they met eligible international sustainability standards for high efficiency and low carbon footprint. Finally a risk assessment tool for supply chains’ market opportunities, financing schemes and investors of pilot projects was developed with broad dissemination among the target groups. By providing local SME biomass suppliers, energy producers and the financial sector with technical and financial advice SecureChain supported 20 successful supply chains in Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, Estonia and Greece and triggered over 10 million Euro of investments in these pilot projects.