Energy is central to modern societies. It plays a key part in people's everyday lives and is a major factor in economic competitiveness and employment. Sustainable development is a central theme of the energy policy, considering that 94 % of man-made emissions are attributed to the energy sector when the Union has to take action to implement the Kyoto Protocol.
Renewable energy plays an important role in the transition to sustainable energy production. Biomass is and will be a local/regional resource, and as such makes it possible to effect local/regional employment whilst creating environmental benefits. In addition, the actions taken at the local and regional level are becoming increasingly important.
This managEnergy workshop presenting the area small scale biomass utilisation was organised in conjunction with the conference Pellets 2002. The managEnergy section of the conference was oriented towards local and regional energy agencies and was another building block to facilitate global thinking on a strategic and local level. The aim of the workshop was to learn from each other and give support on a local and regional level in the capacity building process and in the development of replication strategies. It was the third of a series of workshops organised by managEnergy.
The aim of this workshop and study tour was to develop and implement replication strategies based on experience from good practice case studies and presentations. Through discussion managEnergy aimed to find new ways of reaching the common objective of increased renewable energy.
The aim of the study tour was to give good examples of small scale biomass utilisation. We visited a range of bioenergy fuelled installations in the west of Sweden, plants for pellets, wood chips, straw and briquettes, with effects between 250 kW-5 MW. The tour also included a presentation of a 25 kW burner for grains. There were 34 participants from 7 European countries: Ireland, Sweden, Estonia, UK, Germany, Slovakia, and Spain.