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Bioenergy Promotion

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Extension Stage

The overall objective of the Extension stage of Bioenergy Promotion (2012-2014) was to strengthen key outcomes and results of the Main stage. The sustainability principles and criteria, as well as the strategic plans and concepts prepared for the demo regions, provided the main foundations for the Extension stage project.

Extension Stage

The Extension stage project aimed to

  • support the implementation of the strategic plans and concepts developed for the demo regions through demonstration, awareness raising, mobilization, and training activities; 
  • transfer good practices and concepts developed during the Main stage to other demo regions and non-partner regions outside the project; 
  • “test” the sustainability principles and criteria developed during the Main stage;
  • feed corresponding findings into higher level policy and programme development, particularly for the new EU funding period 2014-2020.
In the Extension stage seven of the initial 17 demo regions started to implement the regional strategic plans and concepts drawn up during the Main stage. The implementing activities included awareness-raising, mobilization and training of local stakeholders and decision-makers, and the adoption of complementary strategies.
The Extension stage project also comprised bilateral “twinning” activities between demo regions, e.g. between the regions of Zealand (Denmark) and Skaraborg (Sweden), and the region of Zealand and Gdynia (Poland). Some of the partners entered into a dialogue with non-partner regions outside the project and discussed opportunities to transfer experiences, good practices and strategic concepts (joint Danish-German transfer initiative in the region of Latgale/Latvia). 
The Extension stage project envisaged the “testing” of the sustainability principles and criteria developed during the Main stage. For this purpose the partners entered into a dialogue with energy utility companies and the European Commission about sustainability criteria for solid and gaseous biomass used in electricity, heating and cooling, and held a joint workshop in Brussels during the Sustainable Energy Week organized by the Polish project partners. 
The project partners also prepared assessments and recommendations to consider sustainability principles and criteria in the framing of the new EU funding programmes including the EU Baltic Sea Region Programme, the Central Europe Programme, and the forthcoming national and regional programmes under the European Cohesion and Rural Development Policies 2014-2020.
Finally, the partners deepened the dialogue with the Council of Baltic Sea States Expert Group on Sustainable Development “Baltic 21” and other policy actors in the Baltic Sea Region to feed project results into policy and programme development at the macro-regional (BSR) level, including the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and its Action Plan.

Work Package 3

  • Developing principles and criteria for sustainable bioenergy production in the BSR;
  • Assessing existing sustainability and certification schemes and deriving proposals for optimization;
  • Performing policy monitoring and showing ways and good practices how to integrate the principles and criteria into policy frameworks and support schemes;
  • Supporting the formulation and implementation of coherent strategies and action plans promoting sustainable production and use of bioenergy;
  • Supporting informed policy making and improving data availability through an analysis of GHG lifecycle impacts of wood biomass use and by providing a methodological framework for assessing real uses of wood biomass for bioenergy.

Work Package 4

  • Assist/advise demo regions in capacity development, implementing their bioenergy strategies and promoting transfer to other regions and municipalities in the BSR.
  • Establish links to public and private utility companies in order to promote validation and testing of the sustainability principles and criteria developed during the MSP.
  • Feed MSP results into policy formulation processes on a macro-regional and transnational level within and beyond the BSR
  • Feed MSP project results into EU funding programmes