Part-financed by The European Union
European Regional Development Fund and European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument
The Bioenergy Promotion 2 project is a Baltic 21 Lighthouse Project and supports sustainable production, commercialization and use of bioenergy in the BSR. The project is the extension of the BSR Bioenergy Promotion project with the aim to capitalize the strategic outputs of the main project into the BSR and national political arenas and into the daily grind of utility companies and local and regional administration.
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.
In contrast to biofuels and bioliquids, for which binding, EU-wide sustainability criteria are in place, the introduction of corresponding criteria for solid and gaseous biomass has so far been left to the discretion of member states. In the absence of binding EU-wide sustainability criteria for solid and gaseous biomass, several energy utility companies and grid transmission operators started to set up and implement corporate sustainability schemes on a voluntary basis. Several utility companies concluded voluntary agreements with public authorities.
The Council of Baltic Sea States Expert Group on Sustainable Development / “Baltic 21”, which is an associated partner in the project, is a key actor for disseminating policy recommendations among other transnational and national stakeholders in the Baltic Sea Region. In this co-operation three main activities have been carried out. In Stockholm the project organized two roundtables to discuss the project’s progress and results with the Baltic 21; and the project gave a presentation to an agricultural conference, co-organized by Baltic 21, in 2013 in St. Petersburg.
Several of the partner organizations decided to translate the lessons from the demonstration, awareness raising, mobilization and training activities in the demo regions (cf. chapter 4) and partly from the transfer and testing activities (cf. chapters 5 and 6) into practical policy recommendations. To this end they prepared monitoring reports and organized policy lesson workshops with policy makers, support scheme managers and policy advisory bodies.
Bioenergy production and use is among the priorities of several key EU funding programmes, including the national and regional Operational Programmes under the Cohesion Fund and the European Regional Development Fund, and the rural development programmes under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. However, in many of these national and regional programmes, sustainability principles and criteria for bioenergy have been included only to a very limited extent, if not marginally so far.
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.