2nd Study tour in Austria, January 2017

Bioenergy has long tradition in Austria. Even today, it is the most relevant energy source in the heating sector. Already during the early 1990s, several villages in the eastern part of Austria developed strategies for the efficient energetic use of local resources to foster a more sustainable energy infrastructure and support the economic development. Well known forerunners of that movement are Gussing, Mureck or Bruck an der Leitha. These mature examples of bioenergy projects based on the premise of the greatest possible benefit for the region have been presented to stakeholders from the target villages in a 3 day study tour.

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Four bioenergy villages visited during the first BioVill study tour in Germany

Learning from best practice examples and facilitating exchange between already successfully running bioenergy villages and prospective bioenergy villages is one of the main goals of the BioVill project. The first BioVill study tour was organized in South-West Germany from Oct. 17-20, 2016. The group visited four different bioenergy villages in the region around Singen (Hohentwiel): St Peter, Büsingen, Bonndorf and Mögglingen. Participants of the study were the key stakeholders of the prospective bioenergy villages, such as local decision makers, representatives of the administration, and representatives of local companies.

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Second BioVill Project Meeting

Target villages in South-East Europe are selected

The BioVill partners met in Belgrade for the second project meeting on June 30th and July 1st, 2016. The project meeting was organized by the GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) and held in the premises of the SCTM (Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities). Considerable progress was made with regard to the collection of best practices in Germany, Austria and other European countries as well as the selection of the BioVill target villages in Croatia, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia.

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The BioVill project has started

Kick-off Meeting took place in Freising – Germany

Many South East European countries have high biomass potentials, but they are often not or inefficiently used for local energy supply and regional economic development. Bioenergy villages produce and use most of its energy demand from local biomass sources. Bioenergy villages contribute to the climate and environmental protection and strengthen the local and regional economy.

BioVill is co-funded and supported by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and is designed to support the development of regional bioenergy concepts and the establishment of bioenergy villages in Croatia, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia. This will be achieved by identifying suitable biomass value chains according to local and regional needs and transferring existing experiences in Austria, Germany and other European countries to the South-Eastern European partners.

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