Towards a climate neutral EU:
efficient allocation of EU funds

Sustainable regional bioenergy policies: a game changer

Organisation: Focus Eco Center Website: Added: June 08, 2023
Project start date: April 01, 2016
Project end date: September 30, 2020


BIO4ECO project intended to improve regional and national policy processes and policy implementation and delivery addressing the transition to a low carbon economy, in relation with renewable energy use, the energy efficiency of buildings, and forest and agricultural biomass. The main outcomes of the project were the increase of the share of renewable energy in the overall energy mix, to take into account bioenergy and bio-economy in all planning and decision-making, lay the groundwork for future integrated strategies and programs for regional bio-economy and carbon neutrality. During the BIO4ECO project interregional and local learning processes were organized by thematic workshops, and study visits and local stakeholder groups meetings were held to achieve a greater integration among the lessons learned. The main topics elaborated during the project were:

- The role of forests within regional and national low carbon and bio-economy strategies and programs

- First-hand experience on integral solutions for bioenergy policies and strategies

- The Energy-Food-Water-Land use nexus: possible equilibrium for the low-carbon transition

- How to increase the social acceptance of bioenergy policies?

- Prioritization of bioenergy production at different geographical scales

In the project organizations from 8 EU countries were participating.

Financial data

1.625.610,00 EURO, Interreg Europe


International exchanges in the field of low-carbon economy are welcome as this is a fairly new topic for some countries, for example Romania. Participants can learn a lot from best practices in other countries and apply these practices in their own countries, so we recommend continuing to fund these exchanges on low carbon economy issues.

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European Climate Initiative (EUKI)
This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.