Project structure

The work plan has a duration of 36 months: from 1.5.2011 till 30.4.2014.

The structure of the project follows the production and value chain “from standing trees to heat or electricity sold to end users”. Project’s timetable follows its structure and suggests transition from production of biomass to – in business sense - more complex forms of involvement in the field of biomass, such as establishment of logistic and trade centres and energy contracting. In this respect each target group will be addressed by the most suitable business opportunity and the greatest impact may be achieved.

Special emphasis will be given to quality control and sustainability criteria through whole production chain, aiming to achieve growth of the consumption of the biomass products on the market. Steering committee will monitor the project running and will be responsible for risk management in case of any problems or delays in project activities.

The consortium led by Slovenian forestry institute (SFI, Slovenia), will continuously monitor the project results and impact.

The project starts with Promotion of new investments in wood biomass production to present the state-of-the-art biomass production and to mobilise, through different actions, the unused biomass potential referring to the selected target groups and key actors (i.e. small forest owners, rural entrepreneurs, farmers, forest companies).

Next step is Implementation of Biomass trade and logistics centres” is a logical second step in the production chain, offering modern and efficient solutions for storing, selling and supplying wood biomass to local markets.

Implementation of wood energy contracting” is the final step in biomass use and gives a new opportunity for income to different target groups identified (farmers, forest owners, potential investors, cooperatives of farmers, small and medium-sized enterprises in the rural areas, public bodies and local communities). At the same time, it is a new way to add a higher added value to low quality wood by selling it as heat.

All three actions are targeting not only farmers and forest owners, but also forest entrepreneurs, members of machinery rings, cooperatives of farmers, SME’s in rural areas, which means a more business orientated approach.

  “Promotion of Quality standards and sustainability criteria” is the core action of the project dealing with EU CEN technical specifications, Quality assurance and Quality control and exploring possibilities for labelling wood fuels. WP6 "Communication and dissemination of project results”, on the other hand, aims at effectively disseminating the project results across EU and especially to new EU member states.

Actually all actions are orientated in dissemination and communication with different target groups and key actors, but via internet page, articles and other promotion activities the results and new ideas developed through the project will reach different and new target groups all across Europe.

An overview of the project work plan:

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