With the existing growth forecast, the demand for increasingly scarce natural resources does not stop growing. Cities consume 75% of the world’s natural resources and 80% of the global energy supply and produce approximately 75% of global carbon emissions. They represent the largest consumer of resources, which on the one hand can have a strong impact on the surrounding communities and landscape and, on the other hand, makes cities a crucial point on the road to sustainability.
“ROKWOOD favored the production and transformation of biomass for power generation.”
In this context, the ROKWOOD project was created in 2012, made up of a consortium of 20 European organizations grouped into regional clusters that included research centers, municipalities and agricultural associations or entities related to biomass production. The main objective of the project was the promotion of the sustainable use of woody biomass for the generation of clean energy.
In the project, they analyzed the main obstacles that currently prevent further development of the sector, thus constituting a base from which to promote said sector and boost it through the generation of new ideas, the production of cooperation projects and the identification of sources of financing that allow them to be financed.
The ROKWOOD consortium sought to make the market favor the production and transformation of biomass to generate energy through the identification of possibilities for innovation, research and development at all levels: planting and harvesting systems and technologies, legislation, conservation and transformation etc
During the project, different dissemination activities were carried out, such as seminars and workshops, providing information to farmers, organizations and authorities related to the sector about the numerous possibilities of application, as well as the great impact on local employment.
Discover the main obstacles and barriers that hinder the development of the local biomass sector in Europe.
Generate a minimum of 10 innovative cooperative project ideas that address technical barriers (e.g. harvesting, drying technologies).
Identify financial resources for the development of innovative products and services in this sector.
Reach the largest possible number of actors in the sector through effective dissemination activities.
ROKWOOD has been an ambitious three-year study carried out in six countries that aimed to make regional production of woody biomass economically attractive, technically feasible and environmentally sustainable. It has been a project funded by the European Commission and has focused on researching the development, implementation, monitoring and use of woody crops in short-rotation plantations (SRP).
A Final Publication has been developed, which provides a very good overview of the ROKWOOD project, activities and results.
The project ended in November 2015 and very valuable results have been generated for the sector throughout the project execution period:
Duration: December 1, 2012 – November 30, 2015 (36 months)
Budget: 1,970,507.36€ (EC funding: 1,616,608.00€)