The approach proposed in IMEAS is related to the identification of actors, mechanisms and tools that can trigger integration and hopefully better outcomes for cross-sectoral low-carbon strategies. This speed-dating event will apply the IMEAS approach on a specific topic, the biomass use, that is crucial and challenging in the Alpine Space territories.
Mobilisation of biomass resources at local level is facing many challenges. The first one is related to the integration of several stakeholders involved in this process and belonging to different silos (e.g. agriculture, waste, energy, transport) aimed at identifying the best use of biomass according to different criteria (environmental, economical, etc.) and taking into account the cascade use of biomass.
Other challenges are related to: lack of data on available resources, difficulty to mobilise them, competition between various use of wood biomass (energy, furniture, building, etc.) or competition between neighbouring territories. A good knowledge of the existing situation, the involved stakeholders, the availability of the resources and the way to use them, are essential to define sustainable biomass strategies.
This means to identify the proper data, tools and criteria to formulate recommendations for sustainable bio-energy pathways. By focusing on this topic, IMEAS will work on various tools and guidelines related to: definition of the involved stakeholders and analysis of the relationships among them; definition of the data needed on biomass for local SECAPs; database of existing data sources on biomass resources, transformation and use for energy at regional and local level; assessment of the quality of these data and the way it matches the needs; identification and development of tools to be used to process these data in order to match the needs; cooperation with different territories on the sharing of this resource.
- Catherine Premat, Auvergne-Rhône Alpes-EE