Besides water, wind and solar power, forest biomass is one of the most important sources of renewable energy in central and south-east Europe. While several well-established research and innovation networks exist in the area of solar and wind energy, the use of forest biomass is limited to local or regional initiatives with low international integration. The trans-national project FOROPA approaches the level of networking in order to introduce standards for a forest biomass-based supply chain management and to improve cross-national biomass supply chains.
The international project, which involves partners from Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Italy, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland and Ukraine, aims at strengthening the competitiveness of forest biomass in the energy market in the South East Europe and beyond.
- Development of a joint research and innovation network to strengthen the competitiveness of forest biomass in the energy market
- Sustainable international cooperation and merging of regional initiatives and existing best- practice examples
- Development of improved reference supply chains for commercial biomass products such as fire wood, wood chips or pellets
- Further development and demonstration of innovative logistics solutions for the use of forest biomass
- Regional consolidation of know-how and transfer of innovation via direct involvement of SMEs
How does FOROPA work?
In the scope of FOROPA, existing biomass supply chains are analyzed and evaluated in detail. At first, the as-is state of biomass supply chains is captured by guided interviews in each partner country. Based on the results of these interviews, the supply chains are mapped out to identify possible problems, optimization potentials as well as good practice examples. In the next step, good practice examples are selected and evaluated by each partner. Results are then presented to involved companies and stakeholders at regional workshops. In addition, international stakeholder workshops are held as well. Finally, a total of seven different pilot applications - based on the analysis and planning phase - are developed and implemented in the SEE region with the integration of SMEs in order to improve biomass supply chains.
- Transferable framework and guideline for the improvement of logistics chains
- Research agenda for biomass Supply Chain Management
- International collaboration platform with expert pool and knowledge repository
- Training and qualification strategies for entrepreneurs and educational institutes
- Demonstrations of pilot applications to decision makers and entrepreneurs