ARBOR is an Interreg IV B NWE project with 13 partners from 6 European regions dealing with the development of technological solutions and regional strategy development for improved sustainable biomass utilisation. The project is cofunded by local authorities from the United Kingdom, Flanders, Saarland, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, and Ireland.
Applied technological solutions and regional strategy development for improved sustainable biomass utilisation.
To accelerate the sustainable development and use of biomass in North West Europe, to facilitate the achievements of the EU 2020 energy objectives and to realize a world-class utilisation of biomass.
Foster transregional knowledge sharing to exploit the biomass potential of both the rural and the industrialised North West Europe regions
reduce territorial disparities in regulations and policies hindering the development of a harmonised biomass based renewable energy policy;
reduce technological barriers to the development of an efficient value chain for the conversion and optimisation of biomass to energy and the subsequent recovery of residues from biomass conversion processes;
evaluate the sustainability and economic aspects of biomass conversion technologies;
boost local economies and contribute to the development of a green, low carbon economy in North West Europe;
inform local, regional and European stakeholders and raise public support through a range of communication tools and activities.
A state of the art analysis of biomass for bioenergy initiatives and projects in North West EuropePilot and demonstration actions on the use of agro-industrial side streams for bioenergy, closed loop biomass valorisation by local authorities, industrial synergy parks, low-impact energy crops like short rotation coppice and biomass from marginal landA market analysis of biomass equipment providers, manufactures and investors in North West EuropeAn up-to-date inventory and technology watch on biomass conversion technologies and side stream valorisation optionsAn analysis of the political and legal framework conditions on bioenergy utilisation in North West EuropeAn environmental and economic assessment of the developed ARBOR bioenergy implementation schemesA strategy development for ARBOR pilot regionsInformation and dissemination activities to local, regional and European stakeholders
FOCUS Provincie Utrecht
Within the ARBOR project, the Provincie Utrecht will focus on three main objectives:
in collaboration with privet parties, industry and other authorities Provincie Utrecht will investigate whether it is possible to develop a profitable collection structure for roadside grass.
the Province of Utrecht aims to encourage dry digestion as an additional step to the composting process, in which also roadside grass is processed.
the produced biogas will, together with other biogas produced in the surrounding area, be collected through a biogashub and upgraded to green gas which can then be injected into the grid. The realization of a biogashub will be done in collaboration with privet parties and industry.