BioPAD co-operating with two new projects

BioPAD partner Metla (Finnish Forest Research Institute) will host a bioenergy workshop and study tour meeting in Finland on 10.2.2014-12.2.2014. The meeting is organized together with REMOTE and Bioenergy networks and flows of Pielinen Karelia a.k.a. PKBEV –project.

PKBEV is a 3-year project which will be active until the end of 2014. It is co-funded by the European Agriculture Fund (by 85%). PKBEV’s mission is to facilitate the development of bioenergy business in Pielinen Karelia region. The project provides expert support to entrepreneurs intending to start up or develop bioenergy-related business and farms that wish to become energy self-sufficient. PKBEV provides a wide array of services including business planning, investment planning, market, customer and resource analyses, and technology transfer. Additionally, the project works on developing communication between different bioenergy actors and facilitating the promotion of new technology and good practices.

PKBEV-project is managed and operated by PIKES ( Pielinen Karelia Development Center Ltd). PIKES is owned by three municipalities (Lieksa, Nurmes, and Valtimo). It is responsible for local business support services, regional marketing, and managing various business and rural development projects in Pielinen Karelia. More information at http://www.pikes.fi/en_GB/web/pikes-en

The REMOTE (Renewable Energy Training and Demonstration Network for Remote Communities in the NPP Area) project will increase and support local capacities in renewable energy solutions across the NPP area. By building on the results of NPP Renewable Energy Cluster projects and networks, the REMOTE will establish a unique International Network of Demonstration Sites and develop a Training for Trainers service. Building on the demonstration site network, REMOTE will also establish a concept on “NPP Renewable Energy Tours”. Overall, REMOTE will strengthen and solidify the contacts of peripheral communities; it will support the long-term sustainability of the NPP products and services promoted within earlier NPP projects and REMOTE. More information at www.remoteproject.eu

The jointly hosted workshop and study tour will allow BioPAD participants to learn from the PKBEV and REMOTE projects and will provide the opportunity for BioPAD to share its experiences in bioenergy promotion and supply chain analysis with them.

We warmly welcome all our registered participants to North Karelia, Finland. Outcomes of the meeting will be presented later and if you are still interested to join the meeting, please contact immediately to mikko.nivala@metla.fi

The meeting is free of charge but the registration is needed.

 PIB PIKESREMOTE

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Developing a local bioenergy market can provide significant opportunities for rural and remote areas, by improving security of energy supply, contributing to a reduction in CO2 emissions and stimulating the local economy by creating jobs and keeping payments for energy within the local community. A new project, BioPAD (Bioenergy Proliferation and Deployment), which targets the Northern Periphery of Europe, aims to ensure that bioenergy becomes more widely used and that awareness of the opportunities it provides are increased. The project will help the development of bioenergy and improve our understanding of the links between supply and demand by looking at supply chains for a variety of bioenergy fuels and different ways of converting these fuels into sustainable energy. Understanding the supply chains and the ways bioenergy moves from fuel source to energy provision will help the establishment of robust and efficient supply services which can match local demand. BioPAD is led by the Western Development Commission www.wdc.ie (Ireland) and is funded under the ERDF Interreg IVB Northern Periphery Programme (NPP) http://www.northernperiphery.eu
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