Dissemination and Networking
The BEE project contributed to a clear overview on the expansion capacities of renewable biofuel production in Europe by:
- Contributing to a better understanding and classification of the potential of biomass use for bioenergy in the EU and on national level by analysing existing studies and conducting of the illustration case studies
- Producing a handbook that contributes a harmonisation of biomass resource assessments at EU and national level
- Analysing existing approaches and describing adequate methodologies in the handbook to support better monitoring of sustainability and competitiveness aspects
- Indirectly contributing to a more efficient use of the available biomass feedstock, since such use requires sound knowledge on sustainable implementation potentials.
The analytical findings of the BEE project that contribute to these four major aspects were intensively disseminated and are available in the project reports (see Publications).
The project findings provide a solid baseline for future potential studies and include recommendations for necessary steps for further improvements.
With respect to Western Balkan and Eastern European countries that are outside the EU but have also been subject to analysis and dissemination and networking, these achievements will help develop new policies and contribute to a mobilisation of biomass with positive effects on the use for bioenergy in the EU.
Considering the nature of the BEE project, being a Coordination Action, it was of great importance that the project results are widely disseminated among the stakeholders. The main stakeholder groups of the project results included the European Commission services, research bodies dealing with biomass potential estimations, industries and investors, national ministries and associated authorities, statistics offices, as well as international organisations and processes with mandates of data collection and analysis.
Representatives from major stakeholders at the European level were contacted directly. At the national level, major stakeholders were contacted directly in the home countries of the participants. They were well informed on the project; four newsletters werer sent to continuously inform interested representatives on project progress.
Project website and web portal
The project website was established in the beginning of the project to provide a wide dissemination of the results of the project on the internet. All newsletters, main deliverables and further information on the subject are made available on the site. The website is the main source for project publications that were aimed towards a wider community. The public website was used intensively and has reached up to 10 000 visitors with more than 250 document downloads per month. The website included services needed to support internal exchange of information between partners and stakeholders.
Common dissemination material, including brochures in 15 languages, newsletters and posters, were prepared and disseminated by the partners at different events, seminars etc. All material was published in English and, when necessary, the material was also translated into other languages, such as Russian, to ensure that all the stakeholders had access to the results.
In order to also achieve the necessary impact on the realisation of biomass potentials in neighbouring regions of the EU27, the dissemination included also Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and Western Balkan Countries.
Dedicated dissemination in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
The following countries were addressed: Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Moldova in Europe, as well as the following countries from Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia.
Dissemination material and a website was made available in Russian. Two regional project related workshops/seminars were held during the International Conference on Biomass for Energy in Kiev.
Dedicated dissemination in Western Balkan Countries
The following countries were addressed: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. A regional workshop was held in Macedonia. Dissmination materials in national languages in Macedonia and Croatia were prepared and disseminated to regionally interested parties and various regional events including the workshop held on 4 November 2010 in Skopje, Macedonia. Workshop proceedings were produced and disseminated via CD Rom.
Presence at major stakeholder and scientific events
The project was disseminated through presentations and promotional material at major events, not only at international conferences on biomass, e.g. the European Biomass Conference & Exhibition and the International Conference on Biomass for Energy, but also at conferences in the sectors forestry, agriculture and waste and energy.
Organisation of dedicated workshops and conferences
Most important stakeholders were invited to workshops following regular project meetings. In addition, national workshops were held in Ukraine and FYR Macedonia, and also open international workshops were organised (see Events).
The final joint BEE and CEUBIOM conference was held on 8 November 2010 in Brussels. It was organised by the BEE project, and in addition to BEE and CEUBIOM speakers had other specialists dealing with global or EU wide bioenergy potential studies. The aim of the conference was to give picture about European and glo9bal perspectives about biomass potentials and also show the final results of the BEE and CEUBIOM projects. The conference had more than 70 participants from 23 countries throughout the Europe.
Cooperation with related project and scientific groups
An intensive cooperation with the projects CEUBIOM, Aquaterre and Biomass Futures, as well as cooperation with the timber section at UNECE-FAO, Geneve was established.