Project Details

Title: Improve regional policies for bio-energy and territorial development
Priority: 2: Environment and risk prevention
Theme: Energy and sustainable transport

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Mini-programme: Yes
Duration: 1st Jan 2010 - 30th Jun 2013


Total budget: €3,125,000.00
ERDF contribution: €2,444,370.00

Lead partner

Regional Entity of Energy of Castilla y León
Edificio EREN, Avenida Reyes Leoneses n° 11
24008, León

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    • Contact Person: Rafael Ayuste
      Phone: 34987849393
      Fax: 34987849390

Project summary

BACKGROUND- In a context of global climatic, energetic and economic crisis, renewable energy is an urgent priority. Among renewable energies, bio-energy generated from different types of “biomass” has a big potential. In 2005, the EU approved its Biomass Action Plan (BAP) and invited the Member States to adopt national BAPs.


OBJECTIVES- The BIO-EN-AREA project is a mini-programme aimed at exchanging and transferring experiences in order to increase the capacities of EU regions to favour and optimize the use of bio-energy. The whole project's activities are dedicated to this objective, focusing on the elaboration of Regional BAPs.


PARTNERSHIP- The partnership is a mix of more and less experienced partners in bio-energy, from South, Central and North Europe, involving The Regional Entity of the Energy of Castilla y Léon (Spain), Lead partner, and The Region of Western Macedonia (Greece) in South Europe, The Autonomous Province of Trento (Italy).

The South-East Regional Authority of Ireland, The Regional Energy Agency of South-East Sweden and The Tartu Regional Energy Agency in South Estonia, in North Europe.


ACTIVITIES- In component 3, partners share experiences on policy issues at regional level. Key-events will be 3 thematic seminars on the development of bio-energy from 1) forest & wood biomass, 2) energy crops, agricultural by-products & livestock wastes biomass, 3) urban waste biomass. In component 4, participants in sub-projects share experiences on good practices for bio-energy development at local level, transfer methodologies relating to promising practices, develop new approaches for bio-energy planning at territorial level. Communication is a major activity, with the EU regions and bio-energy stakeholders as main target, and the project’s website, a semi-annual newsletter and open seminars and conferences as main communication tools.


OUTPUTS- The main synthetic

outputs will be 4 draft Regional BAPs elaborated by PAT Trento, Western Macedonia, SE Sweden and South Estonia, and 2 BAP Implementation guidelines by SERA Ireland, and EREN Castilla y Léon. A good practices database will be accessible on-line. The final publication will show the results of the exchange and transfer of experience among partners on public policy issues at regional level, and among participants in sub-projects.


RESULTS - Main results will be improved regional bio-energy policies, for all partners. Other main results from sub-projects will be the identification of good practices, the transfer of some good practices among partners and the definition of a model approach for territorial biomass action plans. An important expected impact is the promotion of “pioneer bio-energy areas” in each partner region. At wider level, the constitution of an EU BIO-EN-AREA network with other regions and bodies interested in bio-energy will prepare the project’s follow up.

Project achievements

BIO-EN-AREA project is a mini-programme aimed at exchanging and transferring experiences in order to increase the capacities of EU regions to favour and optimize the use of bioenergy. Project’s activities are dedicated to this objective, focusing on the elaboration of regional Bioenergy Action Plans. Following one Call for proposals and selection in 2010, the Steering Committee signed 7 agreements for sub-projects implementation in January,2011:BaN-Biogas and Networks;BIOREF-Potential of integral use of energy crops analysis and its importance within biomass action plans;BIOPATH-Biomass and solid biofuels certification and traceability control system;BISYPLAN-The Bioenergy System Planners Handbook;EBIMUN-Evaluation of biomass resources for municipalities;POLI-BIOMASS-Development of local policies among local governments to encourage the use of biomass;RBBD-Regional Bioenergy Business Development.Kick off meeting & Launching Conference were in Burgos(Spain)2011, with presence of 32 EU

organisations. Final Conference of Subprojects in Rovereto,Italy,participants in sub-projects shared their results and at the same occasion several bioenergy good practices contributed to the experience exchange.Technical Seminar Ireland, and 3 Thematic Seminars on forest biomass and Energy Crops, Agriculture by-products and Livestock Biomass and Urban Biomass in Estonia, Ireland and Sweden, contributed to improve policies situation among participant regions.Besides a technical workshop to integrate sub-project results in Biomass Action Plans took place in Kozani(Greece) where participants and partners share results and proposed recommendations. 32 bioenergy related good practices were identified by the partnership.Added to the ones identified by partners, the Technical Seminar on BAP, Thematic Seminars and technical workshop with sub-project participants have also helped partners to improve their regional Bioenergy policies.The highlight best practique was the was the implementation

of regional biomass plans where the receptors regions (Western Macedonia,Greece, Autonomous Province of Trento,Italy, South East Sweden and Tartu, Estonia) has been guided in the transfer process by the donor regions (Castilla y León, South-East Ireland). To this end, the BAP drafts, implementation guide, and review of BAP was elaborated and included in the Final BIO-EN-AREA publication which has been edited in different partners languages.During the transfer process less advanced partners have learned from the experience ones who have already elaborated their own regional action plans. As result, 4 BAP emerged in the receptor regions. On the other hand in the same best practique, a second level of transfer has been carried out among the two experience partners, in the way that this has permitted Castilla y León finished the Implementation guidelines of its plan and South-East Ireland presented the review and update of their Action Plan.

Documents to establish the starting point in each region were elaborated. As a result of the TM 3 working documents were defined:methodology for preparation regional BAP; tasks proposal to elaborate BAP and time plan. The methodology was shared through project's website and other dissemination events were organised by partners or participating events. Final Conference was in León, 2013 where bioenergy examples were shown by the European regions, complemented by a biomass exhibition, being anopportunity for visitors to increase knowledge about bioenergy and support businesses, and 2 technical visits to biomass installations.

Communication activities such as press releases,participation in fairs,seminars at regional and national level were taken place during the project. Project’s website has been updated frequently. 32 staff from regional partners have increased capacity as a result from the exchange of experience at interregional events and project's activities


Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
Regional Entity of Energy of Castilla y León, León SPAIN Castilla y León 34987849393
Region of Western Macedonia, Kozani GREECE Dytiki Makedonia +30 24610 53105;
Autonomous Province of Trento,Division for Energy Planning and Incentives, Trento ITALY Provincia Autonoma Trento 0039 0461 497336
Kosice Self-Governing Region, Košice SLOVAKIA Vychodne Slovensko 421 910872917
Tipperary County Council (Before: South-East Regional Authority, SERA), Clonmel, Co. Tipperary IRELAND Southern and Eastern 00 353 52 26200
Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden, Växjö SWEDEN Småland med öarna 0046 470 72 33 20
Tartu Regional Energy Agency (Region of Tartu), Tartu ESTONIA Eesti +372 763 5374


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