Info Day Energy Crops for EnergyGoal: To demonstrate the economic efficiency of biomass energy plantations for energy production in Ukraine.

Target audience: agrarian companies, farmers, municipalities, business, state institutions.

Local communities are currently mostly dependent on fossil fuels, such as natural gas and coal, using these energy sources to generate heat. To stop this dependency while at the same time contributing to the development of the local economy can be energy such as biomass from plantations of specially grown energy crops. Low-yielding or abandoned land in regions at sustainable use can become a source of stable supply of biomass feedstock, for further use in local boiler-houses, supplying cheaper heat energy. Potential producers of such biomass can become local farmers, which have in stock most of the necessary equipment for growing energy plantations. Involving local farmers in the production of non-food biomass on low-yielding land will create a pool of producers of sustainable bioenergy raw materials for further convertion into energy or biofuels.

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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