The FORBIO project demonstrates the viability of using land for sustainable bioenergy feedstock production that does not disturb the supply of food and feed, nor affect the land currently used for recreational and conservation purposes.
The project builds up and strengthens local bioenergy value chains that are competitive and that meet the highest sustainability standards, thus contributing to the market uptake of sustainable bioenergy in the EU.
Competition with other uses of land is only one component of the sustainability of bioenergy and a number of other environmental, social and economic aspects may present challenges to the sustainable deployment of modern bioenergy technologies.
In order to enable the establishment of competitive bioenergy value chains and ensure that bioenergy sustainability standards are met, the environmental, social and economic aspects need to be properly analysed and addressed.
The FORBIO project develops a methodology to assess the sustainable bioenergy production potential on available “underutilised lands” in Europe (contaminated, abandoned, marginal, fallow land etc.) at local, site-specific level. Based on this methodology, the project produces feasibility studies in case study locations in Italy, Germany and Ukraine.
The FORBIO applies a series of innovative approaches to develop roadmaps for the removal of economic and non-economic barriers to sustainable bioenergy deployment and to facilitate the formation of partnerships between farmers, bioenergy producers and local institutions. To give an example, project developers receive necessary information for ascertaining the feasibility of bioenergy supply chains, thus they lower their search and information costs by approx. 10%.