BIO-EN-AREA – Improve regional policies for bioenergy and territorial development

The BIO-EN-AREA project aimed at exchanging and transferring experiences among partners in order to increase their capacities to favour and optimize the use of bioenergy.

The major objective of the project was to improve regional policies for bioenergy and help partners to draft or implement their Regional Biomass Action Plan, as the main expected result and operational objective.

There is a need to have a very good integration among regional policies for bioenergy and regional planning policies, because there is a strong link between the development of bioenergy and the territories/areas – concerned at subregional level.

Sub-objectives of BIO-EN-AREA project

  • To exchange experiences on good practices at regional and territorial scale-levels for the use and development of different types of biomass
  • To transfer methodological experience for a limited number of good practices from some more advanced to other less advanced partners with regard to these practices
  • To share and transfer experiences with a view to adopt a new approach aimed at the elaboration of Territorial biomass action plans

Another major objective, as expected result and/or impact of the elaborated methodology for regional biomass action plans was to support some areas becoming good examples of sustainable development of bioenergy at territorial level.

The Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC, financed by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund, helps Regions of Europe work together to share experience and good practice in the areas of innovation, the knowledge economy, the environment and risk prevention. EUR 302 million is available for project funding but, more than that, a wealth of knowledge and potential solutions are also on hand for regional policy-makers.