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Latgale Bioenergy Region - transfer approach and strategy development

May 24, 2013

Latgale Bioenergy Region - transfer approach and strategy development

The owner of this big biogas plant was very keen on getting information and guidance from the transfer team. Photo: Selina Ābelniece.

In April 2013 a transfer team from Bioenergy Promotion 2 carried out the second visit to the Latgale Region in the Westernmost part of Latvia.

The transfer team was composed of Danish and German project partners:
•    Roskilde University (DK)
•    Region Zealand (DK)
•    Chamber of Agriculture Lower Saxony (DE)
•    Free University of Berlin (DE)
And the tour programme was organized by the Latvian project partner, Latvian Environmental Investment Fund.

The transfer approach

The overall purpose of the transfer activities is to disseminate knowledge and experiences for the project partnership to non-partner regions. In this case the intention is to facilitate the development of strategic regional bioenergy action. To achieve this it is by far not sufficient just to arrange a seminar or the like. Instead we find it necessary

  • to interact with local and regional actors in order to identify input for the recommendations on developing strategic bioenergy actions. Only in this way we can get an insight in the reality of the region - the energy system, energy sources, living conditions, business situation etc.
  • to motivate key actors to develop regional cooperation aiming at the promotion of bioenergy as a key to the future regional energy system - less depending on fossil energy import - and as an element in creating a stronger green regional economy.

    We are trying to apply the following principles:

  1. Several transfer visits - developing at least a 1-2 year cooperation between the transfer team and the “receiving” region.
  2. Fact finding - understanding the region and its actors, the dynamics and governance structures, business development etc., and collecting data and information.
  3. Site visits - putting faces on key players, and assessing practical problems , applied solutions and potentials for change.
  4. Meeting stakeholders - at different gatherings - comprising politicians, local experts, administrators and business men etc.
  5. Getting input from stakeholders - which can be done at formal meetings, seminars and workshops etc.
  6. Additional data and information on the energy system - this is a critical part of the interaction, as good data are a precondition for precise recommendations and calculations.
  7. Continuation - it is important that a kind of coordination and/or support structure is established so that the efforts started by the transfer team are carried on.

Development of a bioenergy region

In the next half year the transfer team will develop a set of recommendations on how to create and develop Latgale Region as a bioenergy region. It will take the form of a series of proposals for strategic action.

The strategy elements will consist of:

  1. Vision & Objectives
  2. Regional cooperation  - including identification of actors to take on coordinating responsibility
  3. Supporting structure - including knowledge centers both in the region and outside the region
  4. Technology and Action Catalogue
    a) Good practice from Latgale Region/Latvia
    b) Good practice from other regions in the BSR
  5. Implementation - how to make it happen?
  6. Priority project(s) - starting with feasible and important practical steps
  7. Appendices - illustrating key component mentioned in the different strategy elements


Written by Bjarne Rasmussen, Region Zealand and Tyge Kjær, Roskilde University


Contact Secretariat

  • The “Virtual Bioenergy Promotion Secretariat” consists of the 13 project partners.
    Interested regions, municipalities and further stakeholders can contact the Secretariat via the secretariat e-mail