Public organization «Renewable Energy Agency» together with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) organized on July 5-6, 2016 the seminar "Environmental, social and economic assessment of bioenergy projects using BEFS OLT (agricultural residues)". The seminar was attended by about 60 participants, including existing and potential owners of bioenergy projects, representatives of funding organizations, research institutions and consulting companies.
The Bioenergy and Food Security Operator Level Tool (BEFS OLT) (agricultural residues) was developed within the project “Supporting Public and Private Sector Capacities in Sustainable Agricultural and Bioenergy Investments”, under the collaborative agreement between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN FAO) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
The main purpose of the BEFS OLT (agricultural residues) tool is initial screening of bioenergy projects as to assess their environmental, social and economic performance. Hence, the assessment results provide an indication of the projects’ strengths and weaknesses and support decision making about further developments.
All participants ran an initial assessment using BEFS OTL agricultural residues tool to get an indication about environmental and social performance of the project for the following agricultural residues value chains:
- Crop residue value chain.
- Livestock residue value chain