Collaborative EU-wide project to enhance RES uptake

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ALFA, a new project for unlocking the biogas potential of Agriculture and Livestock Farming has just started and will host a launch meeting in Thessaloniki, Greece on 26 and 27 November.
This project aims to enhance the wider uptake of Renewable Energy Systems (RES) and increase the share of bioenergy as a baseload energy source. In doing so it intends to ensure emissions reduction from untreated animal waste and support new jobs and revenue for the industry.
Led by Q-Plan International, ALFA is a multi-disciplinary consortium comprised of 10 complementary partners: Agenzia per la Promozione della Ricerca Europea, Azzero CO2, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, European Biogas Association, European Dairy Farmers, Food & Bio Cluster Denmark, Pedal Consulting, SUSTAINABLE INNOVATIONS and White Research.
The project has been granted nearly two million euros in funding from the Horizon Europe Research and Innovation Programme, and SUSTAINABLE INNOVATIONS has received more than 225,000 euros.
To this end, ALFA has been designed to act as a catalyst in six European Union (EU) target countries: Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Italy, Slovakia and Spain. They have been selected as case studies where science-based information on the potential of biogas will be provided to policymakers and stakeholders.
More than 50 livestock farmers will receive financial, business, and technical support services and will join dedicated capacity building seminars to facilitate massive scalability of biogas.
SUSTAINABLE INNOVATIONS - an expert in communication, dissemination and exploitation activities - is Hub Manager for Spain. It will lead all the activities in this country for the stakeholder engagement and community building.
After the study of successful real-life cases of biogas uptake, it will provide business and financial support for the agriculture and bioeconomy sectors, and will design and implement awareness-raising and training campaigns.
Jesús Serrano, deputy general manager at SUSTAINABLE INNOVATIONS, said: "“It is the first time that SUSTAINABLE INNOVATIONS acts as a Hub Manager for a specific country, managing all the tasks related to reaching and engagingrelevant stakeholders. We are excited to take on this challenge and to contribute to the uptake of biogas systems in Spain and other EU countries.”


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