Part-financed by The European Union
European Regional Development Fund and European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument
On 6 June 2012, the European Commission presented a Communication on its renewable energy policy, outlining options for the period beyond 2020. It confirms the market integration of renewables and the need for their growth in the decades after 2020.
The European Commission is inviting comments on the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). The EUSBSR was launched in 2009. It aims to make the Baltic Sea Region cleaner, more connected and more prosperous. The Strategy is a pilot initiative where the Macro-regional concept is tried and tested in a specific geographic area. The EUSBSR was followed by the introduction of a Strategy for the Danube Region.
The work, started during the Bioenergy Promotion-project, will be continued in the framework of the “extension stage” instrument of the Baltic Sea Region Programme. The objective of the project activities of the thirteen project partners during the Extension Stage is to extend the strategic outputs of the main stage project into the Baltic Sea Region and national political arenas and also into the daily grind of utility companies and local and regional administration.
The event took place on the 22nd of November 2011 in Poznań, Poland during the POLEKO Fairs, an International Trade Fair of Environmental Protection held within the Polish presidency in the European Union. The workshop provided an excellent opportunity to discuss the challenges and changing policies in the bioenergy energy sector in the framework of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and the subsequent National Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAPs).
On the 22nd of November 2011 about 60 policy makers, researchers and businessmen and women met in Poznań, Poland to discuss models for sustainable business in the bioenergy sector. The idea of Sustainable Business Models using sustainability criteria developed in the Bioenergy Promotion project was the conceptual frame of this international event.
After one year of solid work on the Bioenergy Promotion project, Sonja Ewerstein is able to sum up the achivements so far. One significant achievement is that the Bioenergy Promotion project has been selected as a flagship project in the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, and that can be seen as a stamp of approval for the overall progress of the project. Please see Sonja Ewersteins presentation for more specifics on the progress of each workpackage: