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THE EUROPEAN BIOMASS PROJECT BIOTRADE2020+ COORDINATED BY CENER STARTS WITH TWO-DAY TECHNICAL WORKSHOPS

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For last two days, BIOTRADE2020+ project partners met at CENER (National Center of renewable energies) headquarters in Sarriguren (Navarre) “Contributing to a European market of sustainable bioenergy strategy“.

The main objective of this project, in which biomass CENER Department acts as a coordinator, is to analyze the sustainable solid lignocellulosic biomass supply and some of their major bioenergy vectors from regions worldwide with a great export potential (Canada, Latin America, Asia, Russia, etc.) to the the European Union countries. This analysis includes a technical assessment of its feasibility, costs and sustainability issues with the idea of achieving a stable market which allows the development of the European bio-economy beyond 2020.

The achievement of current and future objectives on bioenergy in accordance with European Union legislation will mean that, together with the use of the potentials of local biomass produced in a sustainable and competitive way, European markets will also have to base their supplies on imports of biomass from third countries. As a result, some well-placed regions in the world are already playing an important role in the supply of biomass for bioenergy to European markets and could be increasingly relevant in the near future. Therefore, this project aims to facilitate the use in a stable, sustainable and efficient way with competitive prices of imported raw materials to the EU in this sector. It will be also taken into account the interaction between the different supply chains and markets, including human and animal food chain, bioproducts and energy generation.

In summary, BioTrade2020 + has aimed at the elaboration and dissemination of relevant information to those responsible for political, industrial groups, non-governmental organizations, certification institutions and standardization of biomass, research and investigation centers  and other stakeholders to help to define strategies and policies in the long term.

The duration of the project is 30 months and is funded by the programme ALTENER-Intelligent Energy for Europe, from the European Commission. Besides CENER as Coordinator, rest of partners participating in the project are: Imperial College (UK), research institutes Stichting DLO (Netherlands), IINAS (Germany), and VITO (Belgium), the University of Utrecht (Netherlands) and WIP Renewable Energies (Germany) consultant.

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