Executive Summary
Make your own book

THEME 4 Using the Environment Responsibly
Chain of Safety
Save the North Sea (SNS)
Making Waste Work
The Partnership

Promotion of Bio-Energy by Marketing, Implementation and Trading in the North Sea Region
Project Aim

The project aimed to increase the share of biomass in local energy production. The main focus was on informing and raising awareness about the potential of bio-energy.

There have been four main objectives:

  • To increase awareness;
  • To increase information and implementation of technology and knowledge;
  • Full scale demonstration of technology, for instance small scale CHP with new bio fuel;
  • To initiate new bio energy plants;
  • The development of infra-structure for trade in bio-energy by creation of a virtual market place.

Project implementation and results

The project focused on the challenge to increase the use of biomass in energy supply. The long-term ambition of the ProBioEnergy project was to contribute to the replacement of fossil fuels with the use of local and regional biomass - thus increasing the share of renewable energy in energy supply. Campaings and study-circles raised awareness and disseminated best practice. A virtual market place for bio-energy has been a practical outcome of this 3-year project.

Joint transnational strategy

Mode of cooperation
The ProBioEnergy project has successfully organised a large number of meetings at local, regional, national and EU level where more than 400,000 people were targeted and more than 50,000 directly influenced. The campaigns increased awareness among citizens about bio-energy and facilitated the conversion of energy sources in utilities, SME:s and the domestic sector.

The regional focal points carried out two joint marketing campaigns. To reach out to possible producers and consumers as efficiently as possible, RES (renewable energy sources) implementers were recruited among SMEs and farmers. They received training and their activities were coordinated trans-nationally. Some partners also identified sites for new small-scale district heating plans and prepared plans for their implementation.

Most ingredients would have been scaled down if the project had not been implemented on a transnational scale. The market for bio-energy in the North Sea area was a vital ingredient in the project. Developing an e-service for this type of groups was important and could not have been achieved without different countries participating in the small regions (Halland and Buskerud). Campaigns were carried out in national languages, but the methodology used was truly transnational.

Impact of the project

Long-term achievements
The long-term impacts of the project have been:

  • Reduction in the use of fossil fuels and emissions of CO2 with 37,000 ton/year;
  • Conversion from dependency on oil to locally-produced fuel in 15 new plants;
  • Creation of "green jobs".

Local networks were established involving a wide range of relevant actors and linked up in a North Sea Region wide network. An important transnational feature of the project was the development of a virtual market place for bio-energy trade. A first version was launched by the end of the project.

Biogas complex Linnau (DE)


Force Technology (formerly dk-Teknik Energy & Environment), DK
Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Verkehr des Landes Schleswig-Holstein, DE
Studieförbundet Vuxenskolan, SE
Energiestiftung Schleswig-Holstein, DE
Buskerud Fylkeskommune, NO
Leicester City Council, UK

Energikontoret Halland Ek. För.

Project Manager

Heinrich Kaufmann
Energikontoret Halland Ek. För. Falkenerarevägen 42
S-311 36 Falkenberg
Tel: +46 346 592 30

Measure: 3.3

Start Date: 01 October 2003
End Date: 31 December 2006

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