Newsletter PROFORBIOMED 3 (April 2013)

 

 



 

1. PROFORBIOMED'S EVENTS

 

- The 5th Steering Group Meeting took place in Palermo (Sicily)

The 5th Steering group meeting of the PROFORBIOMED project was held from 12 to 15 March 2013. It was organised by the Region of Sicily. During these 4 days all the project partners gathered in Palermo to discuss about the progress of the project and to enhance communication and capitalisation activities.
 
The first three days were dedicated to the Steering Committee sessions, aimed at addressing the main issues of project management and pilot actions development as well as their first results. The last day was related to a field trip in the Regional Park of the Sicani Mountains (Santo Stefano di Quisquina, Province of Agrigento). One of the pilot areas of the Sicily Region was presented to partners; the action implemented in the area aims at improving biomass mobilisation of Aleppo pine plantations for woodchips production. The partners mainly discussed the way to make this kind of exploitation feasible and valuable, and the opportunity for creating a wood energy chain on the Sicilian scale.

 

                   The PROFORBIOMED group in Palermo               Aleppo pine plantation in the pilot area

 


 

- MARIE - ELIHMED - PROFORBOMED Workshop: "Building energy efficiency strategy in Spain"

A historic agreement was signed on November 22nd, 2012 among the three Strategic MED projects: MARIE, ELIH MED and PROFORBIOMED. One of the objectives of the agreement was to develop actions for the dissemination and capitalization of knowledge acquired and the planning of joint pilot projects.

In this context, a workshop was held on March 1st in order to promote synergies among the projects. The workshop was hosted by the Valencia Institute of Building-IVE (partner of ELIH MED), which also included the Spanish partners of MARIE, ELIH MED and PROFORBIOMED. The Spanish partners of the strategic projects aimed at finding synergies among the projects, implementing joint pilot actions and developing new capitalisation strategies, specifically to improve energy efficiency by using biomass as a renewable energy in buildings. Specific agreements have been concluded on the execution of joint actions, which will start with a joint event for the “Ferias del Medio Ambiente y la Energía" in Valencia in November of this year.

 

 
Read the complete article (in Spanish):
http://www.cma.gva.es/web/indice.aspx?nodo=83550&idioma=C

 


 

- MARIE MED's Workshop on Communication: towards a web platform for strategic projects?

AIFM participated at a meeting about Communication strategy for strategic Med projects on February 20th, 2013 in Marseille (France), together with representatives of the two other strategic MED projects: ELIH-MED (Energy efficiency in low income housing in the Mediterranean) and MARIE (Mediterranean building rethinking for energy efficiency improvement), organizing the event. The CANOPEE agency, in charge of MARIE’s communication activities, presented strategies for common efficient communication, in order to build up, in the long term, a chain for energy efficiency at the Southern Europe scale.

 

 
Then, the participants discussed a collective strategy for collective communication. Among other things, it was proposed to elaborate a Web platform, gathering together the 3 strategic MED projects. This would allow final users (buildings promoters…) to have a more complete vision of energy efficiency, by integrating renewable energy production thanks to biomass, as well as smart construction techniques, allowing them to save energy.

 


 

- PROFORBIOMED through ADEP SA participated to the 2nd Energy Forum in Patras

 
During the forum on February 8th and 9th ADEP held an information stand where the visitors could learn about the program, the biomass office; ADEP provided brochures of the project.
 
 

On the second day, interested local stakeholders attended a meeting at which information about the biomass office, the on-going educational program, and the future actions to be implemented were provided in order to raise public awareness.

Environmental education was given in cooperation with the Biomass office and the Directorate of Primary and Secondary Education departments of environmental education. All the schools in Patras were informed about the Biomass Office by ADEP’s S.A. executives and the Directorate of Primary and Secondary Education department of environmental education.
 
Biomass office is about to start its operation. More than 3,000 students from schools have already been informed, by visits at the schools, about the operation of the office. The objectives of the office are educational information, awareness raising and the hosting of the network. The first of the team meeting has already been held in the office.

 


 

Local meeting in Santo Stefano Quisquina about PROFORBIOMED activities in Sicily


On February 27th, 2013 the DRAFD (Regional Department for State Forests, Sicily Region) organized in Sicily a local meeting/workshop in order to present the activities of the PROFORBIOMED Project.
 
The meeting was held at the boardroom of the municipality of Santo Stefano Quisquina (one of the municipalities that are included in the selected pilot area), in the province of Agrigento. The meeting/workshop was addressed to the local stakeholders. During the meeting, the project and the activities carried out so far by DRAFD were explained in order to illustrate to local stakeholders the potential benefits and advantages that the area of  Monti Sicani (the selected pilot area), may obtain from the use of residual biomass.

 


 

- PROFORBIOMED through GOV (Generalitat Valenciana) partner participated in several meetings about bioenergy


DG for Natural Areas Management of Valencia (GOV) has been invited to the Life+ project "Bioenergy and fire prevention" meeting on January 23rd, 2013 as a stakeholder. One of the documents of this project is “Social, economic and environmental impacts of the project”. Enguera’s Council has organized a working group meeting to consult about impacts of the project at social, economic and environmental level.
 
GOV partner has contributed to improve the outputs of Life Project with ideas, comments and opinions about forest management plans, and social, economic and environmental impacts of the project.
 
GOV partner also attended the meeting “Forest bioenergy: savings, jobs and sustainability in rural areas”, on February 7th, 2013. This meeting is part of communication activities of Life+ “Bioenergy and fire prevention” project in which Enguera’s and Moixent’s Councils are involved as partners.
 
Main issues discussed were the situation of forestry biomass for energy purpose in Spain and different experiences about power plants of forest biomass and opportunities of business in biomass market and thermic uses.
 
Synergies and information were identified and gathered; they could be significant to the PROFORBIOMED Project.

 


 

- 3rd Spanish National Coordination PROFORBIOMED Meeting in Valencia

 
GOV partner organized the meeting held in Valencia on February 28th, 2013. The partners from Catalonia, Valencia and Murcia regions (CTFC, GOV, DGMA and Enguera), involved in the project, gathered to monitor the activities carried out in the Spanish territory. The most relevant discussion was held regarding the Forest Management Plans as the technicians from the Spanish partners were discussing the app developed.
 
 


 

2. PROFORBIOMED'S PILOT ACTIVITIES PROGRESS

   
     2.1 WP3: Communication and long lasting effects


- First step in the establishment of biomass clusters in Slovenia
WP3, Cluster establishment


The Slovenian Forestry Institute (SFI) and the Local Energy Agency (LEA) Spodnje Podravje have been told to create two biomass clusters in Slovenia. According to the analysis of forest biomass available in Slovenia and to the commitment of the stakeholders, the two biomass clusters are to be established:
  • in Spodnje Podravje region, with 15 municipalities. The total area (59,250 ha) is covered by 33 % with forest, the wood potential is 54,400 m3/year;
  • in Nord Promorska region, with 11 municipalities. The total area (232,341 ha) is covered by 65 % with forest, the wood potential is 200,000 m3/year.

 
Spodnje Podravje Region
Activities and endeavours in the way of establishing Biomass Consortium were presented on the regular meeting of the Spodnje Podravje mayors on the 3rd December 2012 at Ptuj Municipality. It was concluded that the consortium should be established. The Local Energy Agency of Ptuj has been asked to prepare and send the relevant information and proposal to all mayors in Spodnje Podravje region.
 
North Primorska Region
The PROFORBIOMED project and possibility of the establishment of Biomass Consortium was presented on the 52nd Council of the North Primorska Region on the 27th November 2012. All present mayors agreed that such a consortium has to be established. All municipalities in the region planned or already invested in district heating systems on forest biomass. After a short discussion the Council accepted that the consortium of the Goriska Region is to be established with the following goals: activation the potentials of sustainable production and use of the wood biomass in the region.

 


 

     2.2 WP4: Setting up of integrated strategies for the development of renewable energies

- CICAE assesses the structural diversity of forest habitats
WP4, Pilot Action 1.1 (Assessment of the structural diversity of foret habitats)


CICAE - Business and Environmental Research Center, from INUAF, leads the action 1.1 Assessment of the structural diversity of forest habitats. The common methodology developed by CICAE team will be applied in Portugal, Italy, France and Slovenia. Final results will provide forest diversity information, such as forest type, structural diversity, biomass availability by forest type and diversity of biomass uses also.
 
The field work started in the study area, Serra de Monchique, where plots were selected and samples were collected.
 
INUAF students, from Bio Resources Management graduation, are working in this action with motivation.
 

 

- The result of the questionnaire sent to forest owners in Lambesc (French pilot area) have been launched
WP4Pilot Action 1.3 (Assessment of forest biomass production)


Dealing with private forest owners’ interests is the hard task of the CRPF has to deal with. PROFORBIOMED is an opportunity to have a concerted operation on a small territory, trying to find new ways to involve private forest owners in a proactive management of their forest. The first test municipality is Lambesc, North-East of Aix-en-Provence.

 
Before any intervention within the project, we decided to listen to what private forest owners had to say. That’s why we drew up a questionnaire that has been sent to all private owners of forest plots larger than 0.4 ha (which represents about 300 people) in the municipality of Lambesc. The elaboration of the questionnaire has been made in consultation with local councillors, and has been tested with a small sample of private forest owners, in order to take into account their remarks about the formulation of the questions.
 
We obtained 16 % of answer rate, representing 21 % of the total surface of private forest in Lambesc. The patrimonial aspect of the forest clearly appears to be very important for forest owners, confirming some previous surveys at the national scale.
 
After processing the data, we organized a meeting in the city hall to present the results and to exchange about the topic. 

 


 

- The Municipality of Enguera tests the impacts of different forest management practices
WP4, Pilot Action 1.4 (Assessment of the environmental impact of forest biomass harvesting or extraction)

 
The Municipality of Enguera developed the following work practices in pilot plots:
  1. A medium-aged (50 years) pure stand of Aleppo pine (Pinus halepensis) on 8 subplots). Forest operations: selective cutting, (optional: crown-cutting and pruning), skidding, full-tree chipping (optional: clear trunk chipping), transporting and data analysis (time and cost).
  2. A stand of unmanaged natural regenerated Aleppo Pine (Pinus halepensis) young forest after bushfires (25 years) (4 subplots): opening of harvesting roads, cutting, skidding, full-tree chipping, transporting and data analysis (time and cost).
 
The balance on a mid-term (financial, environmental…) of these interventions will be published soon.

 


 

- CICAE assesses the impacts of forest biomass harvest or extraction
WP4, Pilot Action 1.4 (Assessment of the environmental impacts of forests biomass harvesting or extraction) 


CICAE - Business and Environmental Research Center, from INUAF, leads the action 1.4-Environmental impact assessment of forest biomass harvest or extraction. The environmental factors that were defined to be studied are: Soil, Biota and Fire Risk. The study area is Serra de Monchique, which is the forest system with higher biomass production in the region and where it is expected to have more exploitation. Three different teams were chosen to cooperate with CICAE in the sub actions: UIQA (for the risk to soil), CEABN (for the fire risk) and ECOFIELD (for the risk to biota). INUAF students already started preparatory field work and the teams are starting the actions in this April 2013.
 
 
Biomass extraction example, with serious predictable impacts, in Serra de Monchique

 


 

- CICAE/INUAF assesses the amount of biomass resulting from the Acacia dealbata invasion control
WP4, Pilot Action 1.6 (Short rotation plantation) 

 

CICAE - Business and Environmental Research Center, from INUAF, is studying the use of biomass resulting from acacia invasion control, for firewood, chips and pellets.
 
At the moment, productivity of young populations and older populations is being characterized, such as its relation with local environmental factors. CICAE works in cooperation with the landowners association from Serra do Caldeirão (APFSC).
 
CICAE started also to characterize other added value products, to be taken from this specie before the burning, in an integrated perspective of valuation. Some examples are plant extracts, essential oils and pellets.
 
Results will be published and disseminated next September.

 

Field work in Serra do Caldeirão

 


 

- GOV (Generalitat Valenciana) partner has developed a technical article about the demonstration experiences of short rotation plantations
WP4, Pilot action 1.6 (Demonstration plots with short rotation energy plantations)


GOV partner has developed a technical article about the demonstration experiences of short rotation plantations of different species of Paulownia for the 6th Spanish Forestry Congress to be held in Vitoria-Gasteiz from 10 to 14 June 2013. The article describes the methodologies of the different plots used as plant material, planting feature, cultural works, monitoring and first results.
 
The complete article will be published during the 6th Spanish Forest Congress.

 


 

- Two innovative methodologies for drafting Forest Biomass Management Plans have been developed by DGMA of Murcia Region and by GOV (Generalitat Valenciana)
WP4, Pilot Action 1.7 (Forest Management Biomass Plans)


On one hand the General Direction of the Environment (DGMA) of Murcia has developed an innovative methodology for the elaboration of forest biomass management plans. It is based on a stratified survey, which allows using the data collected in the 4th National Forestry Inventory. This means that the work to obtain the volume of data required by field work is reduced almost to 50%. This methodology allows reducing costs and time in the field work.
 
A specific software package has also been developed to enable a quick processing of the data collected. The program calculates the biomass volume, and other important results for the forest management, based on the data collected and adding the data included in the 4th National Forestry Inventory.
 
The methodology is now available in our website in Spanish and English. According to this methodology, the first forest biomass management plan has been drafted in the public forest “Sierra de Burete”, which will be very soon also available in Spanish on our website.
 
On the other hand, GOV partner has developed another innovative methodology for elaborating the forest biomass management plans. The main objective was to create a planning management tool that integrates all the values and functions of the forest, focused on the exploitation of forestry biomass. The management is based on conventional technology, field work and forestry inventory, as well as LIDAR technology. This technology allows us to increase the reliability of the data (from having continuous data in terms of surface), and also to reduce the number of field plots of the forestry inventory, which leads to a reduction of economic costs of the field work.
 
The methodology is now available in Spanish and English and it will be in our website soon. According to this methodology, a forest biomass management plan for “Sierra Negrete” forest (managed by the regional government and belonging to the municipality of Utiel) has been drafted.
 
Read both methodologies: http://www.proforbiomed.eu/publications/forest-and-biomass-management-tools

 


 

- ALGAR makes a prefeasibility study regarding the use of forestry biomass for district heating systems, pallets fabrication and energy production.
WP4, Pilot Action 2.1 (Preparation of pre-feasibility projects of a small or medium size biomass plant) 


ALGAR signed externally a consulting to provide 3 viability studies, one of which concerns the adequacy of biomass use in a heating system in our region and with our biomass availability. This study as the objective of assessment of economic, environmental and social gains in replacing a thermal recovery system for heating a public building (ex: the municipal pools of São Brás de Alportel) from diesel to biomass boiler.
 
The actions to be developed are:
  • Identification of the current situation in relation to energy consumption needed to heat the pool in the form of diesel and confrontation with the energy availability to be provided alternatively by residual forest biomass (conservative) viable in the region, which will confirm the viability of biomass availability required;
  • Sizing a biomass boiler for the construction of storage and feed bin;
  • Investment costs associated with this change;
  • Confrontation with feasibility analysis of investment costs aforesaid allies to new operating costs associated with the acquisition of all necessary residual forest biomass versus the current situation;
  • Definition of evaluation indicators and project feasibility.

 


 

- Biomass is now ready to be used in two Spanish Municipalities
WP4, Pilot Action 2.1 (Preparation of pre-feasibility projects of a small or medium size biomass plant) 


In order to promote the use of biomass as a renewable energy, DGMA of Murcia Region chose several public buildings (two public swimming pools and one school) using diesel boilers for heating and hot water production. In this context, three biomass boilers projects and their replacement feasibility studies have been drawn up for those buildings in two different municipalities: Mula and Bullas (North-West area of Murcia Region).
 
DGMA of Murcia, in the framework of PROFORBIOMED has provided technical support to those municipalities for the drafting of technical specifications and tender documents and for identifying financing mechanisms that will allow the implementation of the biomass boilers.
 
The installation of those boilers will prevent the emission of 373 tonnes of CO2 per year. Besides the environmental benefits, fuel savings must be mentioned: 678,918 € over the next ten years.
 
Read the complete article: http://www.proforbiomed.eu/news/biomass-now-ready-be-used-two-spanish-mediterranean-municipalities
 
 

 

- The Region of Western Macedonia is implementing a prefeasibility study regarding the use of agroforestry biomass for district heating systems
WP4, Pilot action 2.1 (Preparation of pre-feasibility projects of a small or medium size biomass plant or district heating/cooling system – a case of energy contracting/pilot biomass co-firing in existing power plants)


The Region of Western Macedonia is implementing a prefeasibility study regarding the use of agroforestry biomass in the city of Grevena for supplying heat in a public swimming pool. Currently, the heating needs of the building (3,000 m²) are covered by one oil boiler whereas another boiler of equal power (1.28 MW each) is used for heating the swimming pool water. Actually, there are two swimming pools, one of larger size (25x22m) and one of smaller size (10x10m) for children's needs.
 
The study will examine the replacement of oil boilers by biomass boilers in order to reduce the energy consumption of the building. According to the municipality, the oil consumption of existing boilers is 100,000 litres per year, which is already very prohibitive. The sustainability of the investment will be also taken into account in order to propose to the municipality to proceed or not with the purchase of biomass boilers.
 
The new biomass boilers should cover the thermal needs of the building. Regarding the pool water a combinated heating system (with biomass and solar panels) should also be feasible. The main fuel will be agroforestry residues, which supply should not be difficult considering their availabililty near to Grevena.
 

The building                                                    Big swimming pool                       Oil boilers

 


 

- Quality of wood pellets on the Slovenian market is questionable
WP4 (Setting up of integrated strategies for the development of renewable energies)


In Slovenia more than 30 % of households use wood fuels for heating, of which mainly wood logs. In the last 10 years we also noticed an increase of wood chips use. There were more than 120 wood chips producers in 2012, producing more than 850.000 m3 loose of wood chips. Furthermore, this winter (2012/2013), wood pellets have become as well one of the most important wood fuels. We found that the market for wood pellets started to grow very fast while prices of heating oil increased significantly in the last years.
 
With this change of market situation we [the Slovenian Forest Institute] decided to check the quality of wood pellets on our market. Within the framework of WP4 – Pilot action 1.5 we gathered all CEN standards regarding wood pellets and we gathered 16 different samples of pellets (15 kg sacks were bought at different shops all around our pilot area).
 
The results were shocking because only 3 of 16 producers included in our study meet the A1 quality class for pellets. The main problem was the percentage of ash (only 4 samples had a percentage of ash lower that 1 %). The main problem was that data on the declaration (at each sack of pellets) and real quality of pellets in the sack was not the same: wood pellet consumers had been misled. After publishing these results in a national newspaper a number of concerned customers called us and asked for more detail information. As one of the important results of this action, we started with the second phase and we already collected 22 samples (15 kg sacks) of pellets all around Slovenia. Results will be published together with Slovene Consumers' Association. 

 


 

     2.3 WP5: Renewable energies as an opportunity for local and regional economy

- How to introduce forest bioenergy to the society?
WP5, Pilot action 3.1 (Development of the economic and social network for the energetic use of forest biomass)

 
A key issue of the development of the forest bioenergy sector is its interface with the public opinion, and also the training and the collaboration attitude of its stakeholders.
 
For instance, biomass extraction may have a positive impact on the prevention of forest fires in our Mediterranean area and this message must be clearly transmitted. There is a clear potential synergy between silvicultural practices and forest grazing with the prevention of forest fires. In the case of a Catalan Municipality, the control of the undergrowth with herds (cheep and goat) is currently cheaper than prior to a biomass extraction project. In addition, experts on forest fire prevention recommend prioritising silvicultural treatments in strategic areas to control forest fires, and such treatments may produce biomass for energy. A treatment like this, in a 6 hectare plot, and which took place in spring 2012 produced a biomass amount that represented more than twice the annual consumption of the 500 kW-boiler for the municipal sports hall, the primary school and the kindergarten of another small municipality of Catalonia.
 
From the pedagogical and knowledge-transfer point of view, it is also necessary to work on the informative and training channels for the professionals of the public institutions (including city councils). Some professional training aspects of the sector should also be increased as well as improved (for instance, the ones who design silos of biomass). This conclusion is derived from some decision makers (at technical level) currently ignoring, or mistrusting, biomass energy conversion technologies.
 
This has been reported at primary schools where the pupils receive a type of information or training where concepts are mixed and affect negatively the image and the perception of forest management, silvicultural treatments and forest operations. In this sense, ideas and images of deforestation in third countries are confusingly mixed with the hard work of forest contractors and operators in our regions, causing a certain social rejection of any type of forest treatments that involve the felling of trees.
 
If it is possible to achieve a change of mind or habits in the society, to use more electrical vehicles for example, it should be also possible to achieve something similar with the perception of the use of forest biomass for energy.
 
Although there is agreement about the best message (installations and treatments well done that are popular through word of mouth advertising), it is possible to distinguish some societal sectors where it is necessary to better transmit the messages from the forest bioenergy spokesmen and spokeswomen: children and teenagers, teachers of primary schools, parent-teacher associations (schools), decision makers (architects and municipal engineers; architects, engineers and other air-conditionning and energy professionals) and ideologists of policies.
 
 


 

3. PROFORBIOMED'S CONTRIBUTIONS


- PROFORBIOMED partners published a press release on the occasion of the International Day of Forests held on the 21st of March


The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests. This Day enables to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests. For each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns.
 
On that occasion, partners from the PROFORBIOMED project (especially ISPRA, Italy) produced and disseminated a press release in English and/or in all national languages, at national and local level. ISPRA for example reported the information to local and regional press agencies, newspapers and TV.
 
This press release aims at presenting firstly Mediterranean forests and other wooded lands and their specificities, secondly the benefits of using forest biomass for energy and thirdly the PROFORBIOMED project and its objectives and expected outputs.
 
Read the complete press release:
http://www.proforbiomed.eu/news/international-day-forests

 


 

- The PROFORBIOMED contribution towards new EU CAP


The European Parliament voted the proposal from the Committee of Agriculture and Rural Development (4/2/2013) on 13th March 2013 for the European Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Based on the decisions agreed, three partial amendments of the proposals made by PROFORBIOMED were taken into consideration. The proposals were provided in the document “Set of amendments to be included in the regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) in the framework of the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)” (Amendments listed in articles 4, 5 and 24).
 
The preliminary result is a success of PROFORBIOMED, although we will have to wait until the approval of the final Regulation that will be adopted after the negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council.
 
Read the complete document:
http://www.proforbiomed.eu/sites/default/files/set_of_amendments_CAP_1.pdf

 


 

- International agreement "Biomass for Energy Pact"


Lombardy Foundation for the Environment promoted a Position Paper entitled "Biomass for Energy Pact" (available for download here: http://www.proforbiomed.eu/sites/default/files/Biomass%20for%20Energy%20Pact.pdf) which main focus is the great potential of biomass for renewable energy in the countries of the Mediterranean basin. In this document strategic objectives are defined for countries in the MED area. Some of the possible actions to be undertaken jointly aimed at improving the management of biomass for energy production.
 
The pact aims at being a preliminary document, to create a permanent network, which paves the way for future agreements in order to support the EU policy on renewable energy, especially on biomass use.
 
The establishment of a permanent network which will focus on the strategic theme of production and use of energy from biomass, developed within the PROFORBIOMED project, will act as a tool to promote the launch of several initiatives as research and cooperation projects, technical documents, joint conferences, scientists and policy makers’ networks.
 
The document is open for signature by local authorities, scientists, NGOs, private entities, professional associations, etc., that are sensitive and interested in these issues. You can support the agreement by signing and stamping the document "Supporting the Biomass for Energy Pact” (available for download there: http://www.proforbiomed.eu/publications/reports-and-strategic-documents-0). You can scan it and send it to the fallowing e-mail address: eleonora.fontanarosa@flanet.org

 


 

- The MED capitalisation project MEDLAND 2020 ("Design of a future Common integral land management scheme to protect natural resources in synergy with social and economic valorisation") has been selected


Duration: 01/04/2013 – 30/09/2014
MEDLAND 2020 project was just adopted by the MED Programme! The main objective of this project is to promote a common integral land management scheme to protect natural resources in synergy with social and economic valorisation in the Mediterranean basin.
 
The project includes the participation of 13 partners linked to MED projects (including PROFORBIOMED) from 7 northern rim countries (France, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Greece and Portugal), and one invited country (Albany) in the partnership, along with a collaboration with the southern rim.
 
The Overall aim is to reinforce the impact of the achieved MED project results on territories on sustainable land and natural resources management in Mediterranean basin.
 
CTFC will be the project leader, while AIFM is the partner in charge of creating the project website, editing a policy brief and organising an international conference at the European parliament at the end of the project, in order to communicate MED projects conclusions to European politics.
 
Read the complete article: http://www.proforbiomed.eu/news/medland-2020-just-began

 



 

4. PROFORBIOMED'S RELATED PROJECTS / GENERAL LATEST NEWS AND PUBLICATIONS ON BIOMASS & FORESTS

 

- 3rd Mediterranean Forest Week

 
The 3rd Mediterranean Forest Week (MFW) was held in Tlemcen (Algeria) from 17 to 21 March. This new edition of this biennial event has been a very important moment in the consolidation of a “shared vision” by forest stakeholders in the Mediterranean. During this 3rd MFW the State of Mediterranean Forests (SoMF) has been presented and launched, of which most important points have been collected in a document of decision support and policy planning for sustainable forest management: the Strategic Framework on Mediterranean Forests (SFMF).
 
Various issues, derived from the main theme of sustainable development and adaptation to global changes, have been raised and debated. Following topics have been discussed: forest uses (forest management and timber production, grazing, hunting, non-timber products, recreational function) requiring a necessary but difficult to implement participatory management, analysis of climate changes in the Mediterranean, species migration, fight against desertification, massive reforestation, cross-border coordination for the management of forest fires, difficulties in finding specific funding for the Mediterranean forest management or the renewal of forestry training through the social sciences and humanities point of view.
 
During this week a poster about PROFORBIOMED project (with special emphasize in partners’ localization and pilot activities and capitalization initiatives) has been exposed.
 
                           PROFORBIOMED poster                                                    Plenary session

For further information: http://www.iii-med.forestweek.org/

 


 

- PROFORBIOMED's capitalisation in Valencia

 
As a result of Spanish working group partners of ELIH-MED, MARIE, and PROFORBIOMED projects, GOV (Generalitat Valenciana) partner is intended to collaborate with the Valencian Institute of Building (IVE) which is in charge on drawing up an ordinance in city council Pobla de Vallbona to promote energy efficiency in buildings. In this sense, GOV, according with PROFORBIOMED main goal, wants to promote forestry biomass use and would like to include this bio-energy resource in the terms of the new ordinance.

 


 

- Climate KIC

 
The Regional Ministry of Environment, Water, Urbanism and Housing and the Valencian Institute of Building (IVE) are members of the Regional Working Group of the Climate-KIC community of the Valencian Region. Climate-KIC works to drive innovation in climate change through creative partnerships between business, academics and public entities. GOV partner will attend the forecast workshop, in the first quarter of 2014, organised by IVE.
 
For further information: www.climate-kic.org

 


 

- "Italy and renewable energy" summary has been published

 
In 2010 Italy’s primary energy consumption (or gross domestic consumption corresponding to the sum of the national production and imports of different sources minus exported energy and the stocks variation) reached 185.3 million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe). Natural oil and natural gas dominate the primary energy consumption in Italy (39 % and 37 % respectively), while renewables represent 12 %, and biomass about 5 %.
 
Italy is nowadays strongly energy dependant on foreign countries and the electricity price is very high. These problems       must be added to those related to the obligations derived after the Kyoto Protocol (by 2020, greenhouse gases emissions recorded in 1990 have to be reduced by 20 %, by producing in particular 20 % of renewable energy in gross final consumption). This commitment may be a great opportunity for renewable energy, and particularly for biomass.
 
Read the complete article:
http://www.proforbiomed.eu/sites/default/files/italy%20and%20renewables.pdf

 


 

- The paper "Is bioenergy neutral for the atmosphere? A bug to be corrected" has been published

 
Bioenergy, the energy derived from biomass, is the world’s largest source of renewable energy for now and for the future (considering the biomass potential still available). Biomass plays a great role in the greenhouse gases mitigation strategies, through both long term storage of carbon in biomass and reduction of fossil carbon emissions.
 
Bioenergy is carbon neutral. But is bioenergy neutral for the atmosphere? The paper presents different specific cases where bioenergy can play the role of carbon sink or on the contrary of carbon emitter.
 
Read the complete article:
http://www.proforbiomed.eu/sites/default/files/bioenergy%20neutral3.pdf

 



 

5. PROFORBIOMED'S AGENDA

 

 

 

- «Sustainability Valencian Agroforestry: Towards a new economic model based on the promotion of biomass»

Valencia, Spain
05/09/2013
 

 

- 4th Annual Forestry, Biomass & Sustainability conference

 

 

- International Congress for Bioenergy

 

 

- South East European Exhibition and Congress Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

 

 

- 21st European Biomass Conference and Exhibition

 

 

- 7th Portuguese Forest Congress

 

 

- 6th Spanish Forest Congress

 

 

- EU Sustainable energy week

 

 

- 3rd International 100% renewable energy conference

 

 

- International Conference on Energy, Environment, Ecosystems, and Development

 

 

- International conference: Bioenergy, a boost for the entire industry

 

 

- PROFORBIOMED 6th steering group meeting

Valencia, Spain
Between 11/11/2013 and 11/15/2013 (date to be defined)
 


 
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PROFORBIOMED Key contacts:
 
Roque Pérez Palazón, Project Manager
palazon.roque@carm.es
 
Rémi Veyrand, Communication Manager
remi.veyrand@aifm.org
 

 

 

 

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