Title: Developing Integrated Biomass Strategies - Links Between Regional and National Biomass Action Plans
Authors: KAUTTO Niina
Citation: The World Sustainable Energy Days 2009 p. 1-13
Publisher: O.Ö.Energiesparverband
Publication Year: 2009
JRC N°: JRC49955
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC49955
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Biomass as a renewable energy source is a vital component of meeting the EU targets for renewable energy. In order to reach the EU's biomass potential and renewable energy target there is a strong call for integrated and coherent biomass strategies. This paper provides an overview of the biomass action planning at the national and regional level in the EU and examines four regional biomass action plans (BAPs; of Central Finland, North Karelia in Finland, Scotland and South-East Ireland) in search for both common features and differing factors between national and regional levels. It can be concluded that the structures of biomass plans are similar at both levels, but the motivations for their establishment can differ greatly. Involvement of stakeholders at all levels benefits the development and implementation of BAPs. Regional biomass plans can play an essential role in facilitating the challenging task of biomass policy coordination at national level and strengthening the national efforts to reach renewable energy targets. A clearer definition for the form and function of BAPs supports the further development of such plans.
JRC Directorate:Energy, Transport and Climate

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