Bioenergy is a key renewable energy resource, which is derived from any organic material (biomass).

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The types of biomass that are used to provide bioenergy include:

  • purpose-grown energy crops, including short rotation forestry, reed canary grass, etc.
  • wood, forestry thinnings and residues, recycled wood
  • organic waste
  • agricultural residues and agrifood effluents
  • manures
  • organic fraction of municipal solid waste
  • separated household waste

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Why are bioenergy fuels so important in the BioPAD partner regions?

Bioenergy fuels are vital to the BioPAD partner regions because:

  • The climatic conditions of these regions are suited to forestry growth, grasses, energy crops
  • Agricultural traditions already in place in each region can be developed to take advantage of bioenergy opportunities – for example, for growing crops that can be used in the bio-energy process.
  • Waste-management solutions can be developed using bioenergy technology
  • In addition, the increased use of bioenergy resources in the NPP areas will contribute to renewable energy targets; climate change mitigation; waste policies; rural development by providing new markets and employment development opportunities for farming and forestry sectors as well as community enterprise.