SEEMLA Sustainable exploitation of biomass for bioenergy from marginal lands in Europe

Project n°691874 – Horizon2020

The main objective of the H2020 funded EU project SEEMLA (acronym for Sustainable Exploitation of Biomass for Bioenergy from Marginal Lands in Europe) is the establishment of suitable innovative land-use strategies for a sustainable production of plant-based energy on marginal lands while improving general ecosystem services. The use of marginal lands (MagL) could contribute to the mitigation of the fast growing competition between traditional food production and production of renewable bio-resources on arable lands.

SEEMLA focuses on the promotion of re-conversion of MagLs for the production of bioenergy through the direct involvement of farmers and forester, the strengthening of local small-scale supply chains, and the promotion of plantations of bioenergy plants on MagLs. Life cycle assessment is performed in order to analyse possible impacts on the environment and a soil quality rating tool is applied to define and classify MagL. Suitable perennial and woody bioenergy crops are selected to be grown in pilot areas in the partner countries Ukraine, Greece and Germany: the SEEMLA approach will be deveoloped taking into account sustainability parameters, biomass productivity, economic balance, technical and financial resources for biomass exploitation, plant characteristics, and accessibility.

Furthermore, during the whole project, regional stakeholders will be considered to refit the approach and to increase awareness of local supply chain actors.
SEEMLA is expected to contribute to an increasing demand of biomass for bioenergy production in order to meet the 2020 targets and beyond.
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13:15 – Welcoming
Chair: Diego Mattioli, Legambiente Onlus

First Panel: the Seemla perspective

13:30 – Sustainable exploitation of biomass for bioenergy from marginal lands and its contribution to mitigate the risk of competition between bio resources and food security
Christiane Volkmann, FNR

13:45 – Understanding Marginal Land
Vadym Ivanina, Institute of Bioenergy Crops and Sugar Beet, Ukraine

14.00 – Environmental and socio-economic impacts of bioenergy from lignocellulosic crops cultivated on marginal land in Europe
Nils Rettenmaier, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IFEU)

14.15 – Soil Quality Rating system & pilot cases implementation and Bioenergy production on MagL in pilot cases: reports from the Ukrainian, Greek and German case study sites 
Dirk Freese (BTU)
Fotis Kiourtsis (DAMT)

14.30 – SEEMLA approach development: the GIS application for MagL types availability
Spyros Galatsidas, Democritus University of Thrace

14.45 – Questions & Answers

15.00 – Coffee break

Second Panel: Bioenergy options for a cleaner environment
Chair: Diego Mattioli, Legambiente Onlus

15.15 – Fostering sustainable feedstock production for advanced biofuels on underutilised land in Europe – FORBIO
Rainer Janssen, WIP Renewables Energies

15.30 – MArginal Lands for Growing Industrial Crops, Turning a burden into an opportunity – MAGIC
Efi Alexopoulou, Greek Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES)

15.45 – GRowing Advanced industrial Crops on marginal lands or biorEfineries – GRACE
Andreas Kiesel, University of Hohenheim

16.00 – BonRes SIGNAL – Sustainable intensification of agriculture through agroforestry in Germany, BONARES
Marcus Schmidt, Universität Göttingen

16.15 – Cultivation of energy crops on former mining sites in Vietnam
Fabian Stolpe, Independent Institute for Environmental Issues (Ufu)

16.30 – Questions & Answers

16.45 – Coffee break

Third Panel: the role of bioenergy in the European policy context
Chair: Nils Rettenmaier, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IFEU)

17.00 – Policy and administrative regulations for biomass production on MagL for bioenergy: the proposals coming from the SEEMLA approach
Christiane Volkmann, FNR

17.15 – Mrs. Maria Georgiadou, European Commission, DG Research & Innovation

17.30 – Open discussion 

18.30 – Conclusions

Tuesday 15 May, 13:15 - 18:30

Room 5

Contact person:

Federica Barbera
Legambiente Onlus


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