uP_running has presented the main benefits of APPR biomass, with some concrete examples of value chains and several specific policy recommendations, to Member States (MSs) representatives and policy experts from different Directorates of the European Commission.
The event, organized by DG Agriculture and Rural Development, took place during 20th and 21st of September and brought together policy makers at national/regional level, scientific experts and representatives of primary production and bio-based industries.
The EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Phil Hogan, opened the workshop by stressing out the huge contribution of BIOECONOMY (BE) to climate change mitigation, circular economy, economic growth and job creation. He also mentioned that BE is an opportunity for farmers and foresters in the European Union, and he recommended them to play an active role in BE value chains, i.e., not only providing the resources. In that sense, the new CAP will be very ambitious in the BE area, and a high budget will be devote for R&D&I through H2020 program.
The purpose of the workshop was, in a first instance, to facilitate the exchange of best practices and experiences in designing and implementing national BE strategies. For that aim, several MSs presented their initiatives and underlined the importance of stakeholder’s mobilization, regional clusters and inter-ministerial working groups. Moreover, this workshop also aimed to present projects that illustrate different business models of integration of primary producers into the BE value chains. In this section, CIRCE presented two European projects, i.e., uP_running and AGROinLOG, as both involve primary producers in pruning-to-energy value chains and biomass logistic centers, respectively.
Concerning uP_running project, the presentation tackled the huge potential and the great opportunities that agro-residues in general, and prunings in particular, may bring to the European society (see presentation in pdf below). Moreover, specific project activities were briefly described, with special emphasis on the implementation of new value chains and the main business models that have been identified up to now by partners. Two flagship cases were presented (Vilafranca del Penedes and Fiusis power plant) and, finally, a series of policy recommendations was outlined.