Between November 29th and December 4th a study tour was held, combined with training of trainers and the Steering Committee of the project.
Participants of the study tour were representatives of organizations and companies interested in forming a Biomass logistic and trade centers in Serbia, Croatia and Bulgaria. The aim of the trip was to point out the logistic centers in Slovenia, Austria and Germany. A tour of the following logistic centers is organized: Biomass doo, Nazarje, Slovenia; Leoben, Niklasdorf, Austria; Achental, Grassau, Germany; and Algau, Riderau, Germany. In addition to logistic centers, participants had the opportunity to visit Graz and Munich, the last day of a trip a there was a workshop organized at the headquarters of GIZ in Bavaria Feldafing.
In addition to the study trip there war a training included for 12 future trainers, that will, within the activities of the BioRes project, use their acquired knowledge in the upcoming period for practical trainings on managing supply chains for woody bioenery in Serbia, Coatia and Bulgaria.
As part of the trip to Graz on November 30th and 01December 1st the fourth Steering Committee of the project was held. The main topics of the meeting were further activities within the work package 4, 5 and 6. The locations for the development of Biomass logistic centers were defined as well as methods of making feasibility studies for the respective locations. There are definite recommendations for a sustainable supply of woody bioenergy of standardized quality and basic concept of training for managing supply chains for woody bioenergy.
The next meeting of the Steering Committee of the project will take place in April in Zagreb.
Under the auspices of the Export Initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy, the company Ecleron in cooperation with the Delegation of German Economy in Serbia organized an informative event "Bioenergy in Serbia" on November 10th in the geno-Haus in Stuttgart.
The conference offered a broad, thematic review of the potential of bioenergy in Serbia with an overview of the energy, economic and political situation in Serbia, as well as specific investment opportunities of German companies with practical advice on entering the market.
The President of the National Biomass Association SERBIO was one of the speakers, and more information and an overview presentation can be downloaded here.
Between Oktober 12th and 14th in Novi Sad, the National Biomass Association organized the third meeting of the Steering Committee of the BIORES Project - Regional Sustainable Supply Chains for Woody Bioenergy.
The main topics of the meeting, in addition to administration of the project, were the status of work packages WP2, WP4, WP5 and WP6, a special emphasis is given to the following activities on forming a local consortium for the development of Biomass Logistic and Trade Centers (BLTCs), as well as the upcoming training of trainers and a study trip to Slovenia, Austria and Germany.
After the meeting of the project team, the hosts organized a visit to the National Park Fruska Gora.
The next meeting of the SC will be held in early December in Graz, organized by the Agricultural Chamber of Styria.