ROKWOOD: SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION AND EFFICIENT USE OF WOODY BIOMASS
With this figure forecast to rise, the demand for increasingly scarce natural resources continues to escalate. Cities consume 75% of the world’s natural resources, 80% of the global energy supply and produce approximately 75% of the global carbon emissions. They represent the major consumer of resources, which can greatly impact surrounding landscapes and the communities therein.
“Strengthen a market that favours the production and transformation of biomass to generate energy by identifying innovation.
In this context, the ROKWOOD project was created in 2012 with a consortium of 20 European organisations grouped together in regional clusters which include research centres, municipalities, agricultural associations and entities connected with biomass production. The common aim was to promote the sustainable use of woody biomass to generate clean energy.
The main obstacles that currently hinder the sector’s further development were analysed within the project, which constituted a basis from which to promote the sector through new ideas and cooperation projects, as well as by identifying sources of funding to cover the costs.
The ROKWOOD consortium aimed to achieve a market that favours the production and transformation of biomass to generate energy by identifying innovation, research and development possibilities at all levels, including: planting and harvesting systems and technologies, legislation, conservation and transformation, etc.
A variety of dissemination activities were carried out, such as seminars and workshops providing information to farmers, organisations and authorities connected to the sector that covers the numerous possibilities for application, as well as the great impact on local employment.
ROKWOOD has been an ambitious three-year project, developed within six European countries, which aimed to make the regionally based production of woody biomass economically attractive, technically feasible and environmentally sustainable.
A Final Publication has been developed, providing a very good overview about the project, its activities and outputs.
The project finished in November 2015, and very valuable outputs for the sector have been generated throughout the project lifetime:
– Informative Videos explaining different aspects of short rotation plantations to different stakeholders.
– Valuable background information about the short rotation plantations sector (ROKWOOD publications).
– Final ROKWOOD Conference, that took place in Brussels on October, 20th 2015. The ROKWOOD partners presented the project results to the Conference attendees.
- Duration: 1 December 2012 – 30 November 2015 (36 months)
- Budget: €1,970,507.36 (EC funding: €1,616,608.00)