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Baltic Forbio

Accelerating production of forest bioenergy in the Baltic Sea Region

Project is supported by Interreg Baltic Sea Region programme.

Project budget: 2 550 000 € (incl 2 000 000 € ERDF)
TREA budget: 126 900 €

Project duration: 2017−2020

Project aims:
The project aims to increase production of renewable energy in the BSR by improving the capacity of public authorities, forest and energy agencies, organizations of forest owners and entrepreneurs, and forest advisory organisations for promoting the harvest and use of logging residues and small trees cut in early thinning. Based on available technologies and research results, the project will develop cost-effective and sustainable harvest methods, decision support tools, guidelines and training programs for harvest of logging residues and small trees. The project will also produce, in close cooperation with key stakeholders, a GIS platform and database for producing spatially explicit estimates of forest biomass potentials, and innovative business models for developing small-scale bioenergy plants in rural areas in the BSR.

Project activities:
There is a growing demand for forest biomass from by-products of the wood industry to be used as a source of renewable energy. The project exploits logging residues, which are usually discarded after forest harvests, and small trees that are cut during forest thinning. Along with guidelines for using new technology, the project compiles information on wood energy potential to shape innovative business models and develop small-scale bioenergy plants in rural areas of the Baltic Sea region.

Project results:
The main outputs from the project include:
– GIS-platform and database for assessing forest biomass potentials in freely delineated geographical areas in BSR.
– Innovative business models and guidelines for developing small scale pellets and CHP plants in rural areas.
– Decision support tools for harvest of logging residues and small trees. Handbooks and guidelines for harvest of logging residues and small trees.
– Demonstration sites for biomass recovery in pre-commercial thinning.
– Training programs on biomass harvest planning and logistics.
– Training programs on cost-effective and sustainable harvest methods for logging residues and small trees.

These outputs will enable public authorities, forest and energy agencies, organizations of forest owners and entrepreneurs, forest advisory organisations, and other relevant stakeholders to have access to reliable data and effective tools for developing bioenergy strategies and plans, for promoting the use of cost-effective and sustainable harvest methods for logging residues and small trees, and for increasing local capacity for bioenergy production. Therefore, the project will lead to increased production of forest bioenergy in the BSR.

Project partners: 13 partners from six Baltic Sea Region countries: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SE), Foundation Private Forest Centre (PFC) (EE), Tartu Regional Energy Agency (TREA) (EE), Natural Resources Institute Finland (FI), Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau (TUASW) (DE), Ltd. Latvian Rural Advisory and Training Centre (LV), Kaunas Forestry and Environmental Engineering University of Applied Science (LT), The Forestry Research Institute of Sweden (SE), The Swedish Forest Agency, SFA (SE), Latvian State Forest Research Institute Silava (LV), Regional Council Central Finland (FI), Ueckermann Forest Service (DE), Castle property Altlandsberg GmbH (DE).

Project web page: http://www.slu.se/balticforbio

Contact person in TREA: Martin Kikas (martin.kikas@trea.ee, +372 524 5225)

 

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