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Rural areas in Europe are ideally           on a harmonised methodology                 The information provided is resulting
placed to benefit from bioenergy            to allow the cross border market            from a review performed by Ricardo
generation. In these regions, local         of biomethane and to establish              Energy & Environment. It does not
economies are often dominated by            ‘guarantees of origin’ and agreement        necessarily reflect the opinion of
agriculture and forestry, offering an       to exchange information on                  the European Union. The European
immediate supply of biomass for             biomethane transactions in six              Commission cannot be held responsible
energy generation. However, key             countries: Austria, Denmark, France,        for any use which may be made of the
stakeholders in local government            Germany, Switzerland and the UK.            information contained therein.
often have limited experience in
implementing local bioenergy                In addition, 10 national biomethane
exploitation, and low visibility of the     roadmaps and one pan-EU roadmap
financial and environmental benefits it     were produced. The European
can bring.                                  Biomethane Roadmap drew attention
                                            to the potential of bio-methane at
The IEE II BioRegions project aimed to      EU level with a vision to reach 18-20
support five rural areas in Europe to       billion m3 of biomethane production
supply at least a third of their heating    by 2030. This figure is estimated to
and electricity needs from local and        represent about 3% of the European
sustainable biomass sources. During         natural gas consumption and a
the project a range of workshops and        minimum of 10% of the total gaseous
events were carried out, involving          vehicle fuel consumption by 2030.
business owners, local government           The EU roadmap received positive
decision makers and other local             feedback from several policy makers
stakeholders to formulate a shared          and European relevant organisations.
vision for bioenergy production in
the targeted regions. Study tours           LONG LASTING IMPACT
to best practice regions in Sweden          IEE II bioenergy projects have played
and Germany were organised to               an important role in the development
demonstrate how similar areas have          of bioenergy in Europe and continue
successfully supported bioenergy            to influence the sector at present and
uptake. Policy makers were supported        into the foreseeable future.
to develop regional action plans, which
resulted in the implementation of           To find out more about the impacts
more than 20 bioenergy projects, with       and achievements of IEE II bioenergy
a total installed capacity of 14 MW and     projects, download the full report
another 18 energy efficiency projects       “Review of bioenergy projects
that contribute to the bioenergy target     implemented under IEE II” and
by reducing the energy demand. The          the summary report “Impacts and
project also inspired other regions:        achievements of bioenergy projects
over 130 additional regions expressed       supported under the EU programme
interest in developing similar activities.  IEE II” at the EASME website:
Success story: facilitating the
international trade of biomethane in        Since 2014, Horizon 2020, the
Europe                                      common EU programme for Research
At European and national level, the         and Innovation, supports actions for
GreenGasGrids project aimed to              renewable energy market uptake,
increase the production and use             including bioenergy. Several Horizon
of biomethane (from animal waste,           2020 projects are building up and
other waste materials and sustainable       wide-spreading the successful results
biomass), for grid injection and as         obtained in IEE II. For information on the
transport fuel, by removing non-            bioenergy projects supported under
technical barriers and paving the way       the Competitive Low-Carbon Energy
towards a European biomethane market.       calls visit the INEA website: http://
The project achieved an agreement           projects/funded-projects. l

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