Part-financed by The European Union
European Regional Development Fund and European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument
Ludzas Bio - energy is the local district heating company, which is situated in Ludzas town. The Ludza region and the local district company is unique from two aspects: 1) It is the first region where the district heating has been developed based on public-private partnership principles together. 2) Heat Production Company has developed unique flue gas condensation plant for Latvia case. The technique is patented and can ensure up to 20% of energy efficiency if there is appropriate biofuels quality; the capacity of the boiler and combustion conditions.
All companies builds upon creating a customer value perceived bigger than the cost for the service/product. To be able to profitable create this value the company needs to control and guarantee that the production and distribution costs etc in total is less than the total sales revenues. The figure below illustrates the issues that have to be addressed within a business model*. The answer and outcomes of these issues should be handled within the company’s business plan and priorities between actions and allocation of resources.
Strategy implementation activities involve wide range of activities, such as support meetings with politicians on national, regional levels, as well as informational seminars with regional and municipal planners, bioenergy stakeholders, and other interested institutions.
Civil Parish Riešė consists of 68 villages. Population – 5,650. Total area – 10,222 ha, incl. 5,938 ha of agriculture land; 1,840 ha – forests, 2,444 – water and other land. There are 2 post-offices, 3 primary schools, 2 libraries, the church, 5 shops, 4 country tourism farms, Pikeliškės manor (which formerly belonged J. Pilsudsky), Liubavo manor (which formerly belonged to J. Slizny), Raudondvaris tower (built in 1824), the European Park Museum, the European centre landscape reserve. Main economic activities of the parish are agriculture and service sector.
The most comprehensive transfer activity has been with the region of Latgale. This region borders the Russian Federation in the east, the Republic of Belarus in southeast, and the Republic of Lithuania in the south. According to the current administrative division, Latgale Region incorporates 19 counties.
The Grodno Region Forestry Board (PLHO) participated in the Main stage of the project as a project partner and continued to co-operate as an associate partner during the Extension stage. Although the Board had the official status of an observer, it actively took part in project meetings and conferences, and is highly committed to transfer the gained knowledge and expertise to the 11 forestry units which are part of the association.
At the outset, the Main stage project was fortunate to have the opportunity to join an existing bioenergy network in the county of Rotenburg (Wümme). The bioenergy initiative here was founded in 2007 and focused on biogas and wood-based bioenergy. For the wood biomass sector, a working group was established, with stakeholders from private forestry, forestry professionals, environmental services, agrotechnical service contractors and regional planners. In the Extension stage project, results from Main stage were also disseminated to other regions outside the demo region of Rotenburg (Wümme).
Bioenergy activity in the Kaunas demo region is funded by targeted EU structural funds and national programmes, and is driven by the initiative of district heating companies. Approx. 85 MW of bioenergy capacities have been installed in the region since 2010. Wood fuel is mainly used in households as the cheapest type of fuel, not only in Kaunas region, but in Lithuania as a whole. Further installation of large capacity wood-burning boilers in the DH sector would raise the price of firewood. This is unacceptable from social point of view because the purchasing power of the population is low, especially in the countryside.
Although bioenergy is one of the main energy sources in Sweden, there is still a large potential for growth. This applies particularly in small and medium-sized heat and co-generation plants, and for biogas for CHP and vehicle fuel. The market is categorized by many different actors throughout the value chain, most of them small with limited development resources and financing capabilities. The approach has therefore been twofold, addressing the strategic development with respect to local and regional public bodies, and facilitating and support capacity building for actors in the market.
Forestry and forest-based energy production and use are one of key sectors in North Karelia. This is not surprising, given that 81% of North Karelia´s land area is forested. Renewable energy constitutes approx. 63% of the primary energy consumption in North Karelia, and 81% of this is generated from wood biomass. North Karelia Climate and Energy programme went into effect in 2011. Programme targets are very ambitious (e.g. double the use of wood chips by 2020).
The municipality of Tukums is located in the western part of Latvia, around 70 km from the capital Riga. The main activities performed within the project framework include an analysis of the Sustainable Energy Action Plan of Tukums and the organization of workshops and discussions to raise the awareness of sustainable production and use of bioenergy. Events such as the Energy Day of Tukums municipality, including workshops on the use of renewable energy supportive technology in the demo region, were carried out during the Extension stage.
The Danish energy system is being redesigned as fossil fuel is phased-out and replaced with renewable energy sources. The national target is to phase-out fossil fuels from heat and electricity production by 2035.
The activities in Demo Region Gdynia concentrated on the waste management system which complies with EU regulations. It is a serious problem, especially in new EU countries, which must be solved before 2020. The activities and related events addressed local decision-makers, authorities and agencies representing regional governments responsible for local energy policies, and renewable energy specialists. A series of seminars and workshops were organized in order to assess the best practices in BSR. Below are descriptions of the findings of these events.