Work Package 2 is focussed on bioenergy policy, including a review of bioenergy policy in the partner regions, learning from study visits and the dissemination of best practice.  Action Renewables lead on this work package, and was responsible for:

  1. The dissemination of the policy toolkits developed under RASLRES, which was an Interreg IIIA project, see
  2. Co-ordinating the policy activities throughout the project. This included forming a LinkedIn Policy forum.
  3. Organising policy workshops in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Finland.
  4. Making policy responses, on behalf of BioPAD,  in Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The outputs from WP 2 will help inform policy makers and rural / regional development bodies on better strategies for bioenergy take up and rural business development. Comprehensive policy learning from all aspects of this BioPAD work package will be  available at the end of the project and will provide a basis for future policy development and greater policy effectiveness.

The attendant supply chain mapping of case study projects will inform policy frameworks and interventions to support RE deployment in the NPP area, and create new enterprise opportunities based on sustainable business.  Some of the work on bioenergy policy is outlined below.

Gussing Policy Study Tour

As part of the BioPAD project, the partners conducted a study tour to the town of Gussing in Austria.  Over the last 30 years Austria has moved from a country reliant on imported fossil fuels into one which now generates almost 60% of its energy requirement from indigenous sources, none more so that the town of Güssing, which has transformed itself, over the last 15 years into a centre of excellence for the production of energy from local sources.  The region of Burgenland, in which Güssing is situated, aims to source its energy requirements sustainably. It already has a biomass gasification plant producing electricity and heat, and a centralised district heating system.  The town also hosts the European Centre for Renewable Energy, to share its research and experiences, which has added to the region’s knowledge and reputation and provided more local employment. he policy learnings from this tour can be found in the document below:

Güssing, Austria – Policy Learning for BioPAD

RASLRES Policy Toolkit

This is an overview of some of the policy measures that have been adopted across the EU, over the last ten years, to promote Renewable Energy. There is a range of measures, including obligations and incentives, which have been developed by member States to address particular issues within their jurisdiction. We have then summarised how suitable those measures might be, particularly for Bioenergy and when they might be appropriate.

RASLRES Policy Toolkit

BioPAD Case Study Analysis

Case studies were prepared in each partner region, to provide examples of different bioenergy development issues and different supply chain solutions. The case studies provide important lessons and solutions regarding supply chain issues, and highlight the factors that drive bioenergy developments. This document provides a summary of the key policy features of each case study.

BioPAD Case study policy analysis

BioPAD Country Policy Analysis

The energy situation and the factors affecting the development of Bioenergy, in each of the partner regions are very different. This is as a result of natural resource, political commitment and culture. Therefore the approach to bioenergy policy development has been very different in each region, even within the UK, where Scotland and Northern Ireland have adopted diverse measures. This is a summary of renewable energy development in each country, highlighting those measures which have related to bioenergy.

BioPAD Country Policy Analysis

BioPAD Policy Gaps Analysis

In conjunction with the policy work carried out during the Biopad project, and after considering the policy issues associated with the Case Studies, we have identified what the Policy Gaps are in the partner regions, in relation to bioenergy. Some of the Gaps are general and relate to the way in which policy has been implemented in the past, others are specific, relating to particular circumstances. We have chosen the National Renewable Energy Action Plans as the starting point for analysing what is required, to get to the positions that the partner regions have identified as being appropriate for them.

BioPAD Policy Gaps Analysis

BioPAD Policy Recommendations

This report is focussed on the Policy recommendations that we recommend, to ensure that the opportunities from Bioenergy are realised in the partner countries. Bioenergy policy does not exist in isolation from the policy initiatives which drive other sectors. The EU Renewable Energy Action Plans are sub-divided into three sectors, Electricity, Heating and Cooling and Transport. We have therefore considered the overall impact, of what is required in each partner country, before focussing on Bioenergy Policy Recommendations. We have started by identifying the overarching Policy requirement at EU level.

BioPAD Policy Recommendations


BioPAD partners (Western Development Commission and the Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA- an associate partner)) have both made submissions to the Consultation on the green paper on Energy Policy in Ireland.

The WDC submission is here: WDC response Energy Green Paper consultation 31.07.14

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The IrBEA submission is here: