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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.

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kingdom of the nlUkraine is facing major energy challenges and biomass as a resource could substantially contribute to the supply of heat, power and fuels. Since 2014 the Netherlands has been supporting Ukraine in revealing the full potential of reliable and high-quality biobased energy production through "Dutch-Ukrainian Seminar on Bioenergy Cooperation". This year the seminar took place on the 21st of September in Kiev within the 12th “Biomass for Energy” Conference in Ukraine. It was organized jointly by the Dutch consortium "Partners in International Business - Biobased Energy Ukraine" and Scientific engineering center “Biomass” with the support of the Netherlands Embassy in Ukraine and the Bioenergy association of Ukraine. The focus of this year seminar was on use of biomass in district heating of municipalities of Ukraine. Besides the Dutch companies, the seminar attracted Ukrainian representatives of state and local authorities, DH companies, commercial companies, bioenergy and energy efficiency associations, consulting, research and legal institutions.

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b4b logoIn 2017, members of the project consortium led by Austrian Energy Agency are completing the international project «Bioenergy for Business» (В4В). The Horizon 2020 project B4B aims at supporting and promoting the (partial) substitution of fossil fuels (such as coal, oil, gas) used for heating with available bioenergy sources (such as by-products of the wood-based industry, forest biomass, pellets, straw and other agricultural biomass products) in the project partners’ countries and beyond.

All materials and deliverables of the project are available on its web-site.

In particular, the following instruments and brochures have been developed within the framework of B4B project:

Opportunities vs Challenges is the final B4B project workshop. It is a free-of-charge event, which will take place in Brussels on 21 June 2017. Due to a limited number of seats, preliminary registration is required.

«Biomass in-house boilers for potential operators/investors»

forbio logoWorkshop “Prospects of sustainable feedstock production for advanced biofuels in Ukraine” will be held on September 20-21, 2017 within the framework of the International Conference "Biomass for energy-2017”. This event holding in a frame of International project “FORBIO – Fostering sustainable feedstock production for advanced biofuels on under-utilized land in Europe” (More details: www.forbio-project.eu).

The goal of the seminar is to:
  • Present the results of the assessment of the agronomic and techno-economic potentials, the assessment of sustainability of the selected advanced bioenergy value chains in the case study sites, as well as on policy barriers. The best practices for bioenergy policies regulations and support schemes will be also presented.
  • Discuss with stakeholders and potential projects participants of economic and non-economic barriers to commercialization of both feedstock growing and their use for the production of next generation biofuels. Representatives of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will lead the discussion with the audience.
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100% RES for UkraineOn September 20 2017 on the second day of the International Conference "BIOMASS FOR ENERGY 2017" a public presentation of the scenario of Ukrainian energy sector transition towards 100% of renewable energy sources by 2050 was held.

The developed for Ukraine scenarios were presented:

  • State enterprise "Institute of Economics and Forecasting of NASU" with the support of the Heinrich Böll foundation’s office in Ukraine;
  • NGO "Renewable Energy Agency" with the support of INFORSE Europe.
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Семінар проекту FORBIO On September 20-21, in the framework of the International Conference "BIOMASS FOR ENERGY 2017", the FORBIO workshop "Prospects of sustainable feedstock production for advanced biofuels in Ukraine" was held.

International project «FORBIO - Fostering sustainable feedstock production for advanced biofuels on underutilised land in Europe» is aimed at showing the viability of using land in the EU Member States for sustainable bioenergy feedstock production that does not affect the supply of food and feed, in addition to not interfering with land currently used for recreational and/or conservation purposes. Project activities and outputs set the basis for building up and strengthening local bioenergy value chains that are competitive and that meet the highest sustainability standards, thus contributing to the market uptake of sustainable bioenergy in the EU. (Read more at www.forbio-project.eu).

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 Presentations of speakers (according to Program):

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Field trip of FORBIO workshopOn September 21, 2017, within the framework of the FORBIO project, an excursion to the site of growing energy willow of the company "UkrAgroEnergo" took place. Plantation area is operated by Ukragroenergo LLC, subsidiary of Ukrteplo group of companies, which implements energy efficiency projects on fossil fuels substitution by such local fuels as wood pellets, briquettes, chips, straw etc. Ukrteplo has replaced more than 50 million cubic meters of natural gas in 16 regions of Ukraine, and converted to solid fuel approximately 100 boiler-houses.

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The mother plantations of willow are located at the area of 50 ha in Ivankiv region and were set in 2016 on the lands, which were abandoned 15 years ago, because of unsatisfying soil conditions (sandy, sandy loam soils) and bad economic conditions in the region.

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Bioenergy4Business is a project funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union. Bioenergy4Business involves partners from twelve EU Member States and Ukraine. 

The Horizon 2020 project Bioenergy4Business (B4B) aims at supporting and promoting the (partial) substitution of fossil fuels (such as coal, oil, gas) used for heating with available bioenergy sources (such as by-products of the wood-based industry, forest biomass, pellets, straw and other agricultural biomass products) in the project partners’ countries and beyond. 

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