The action generated several important outcomes:
- a direct benefit on the air quality as well as a direct and significant positive impact on the reduction of GHG emissions from transports and energy generation
- an increased awareness of the competent National/Regional/Provincial public authorities and decision makers as regards the use of pure VO, which resulted in an increased attention in the implementation of supporting measures to biofuels, in agreement with the Biofuel Directive goals
- an additional socio-economic benefits for the rural areas where the biofuels are produced, thus promoting sustainable development, energy self-sufficiency, decentralised energy generation, and new permanent jobs
- effective transfer of know-how on innovative and adapted technologies from Germany to Southern EU Countries for VO
- promotion of Ren.En.Industry (all SMEs in this project and generally in the RE sector). New permanent job creation.
Environmental Progress. Regarding the expected results from a strictly environmental and agricultural point of view, the action generated several important outcome and the environmental improvements among the entire projectís duration. They involved benefits in terms of air quality: with a reduction in the CO2 emission, A further benefit in terms of particulate and other pollutant emissions.
The Environmental Progress therefore have been mainly related to:
- Reduction of CO2 emissions (~1.4 kg of avoided CO2 emissions per 1 kg (equivalent energy) of substituted diesel oil in stationary application. Source: CTI.)
- Demonstration and promotion of sustainable agricultural practices for no-food production (biofuels) towards the target audience. At least 60 ha cultivated and therefore demonstrated.
- Assessment, based on field data (max 60 ha), of environmental benefits of biofuel production from agricultural crops. This has be done combining field data with the above mentioned LCA methods.
- Protection of land, reduction of soil erosion: this benefit has been a direct consequence of the demonstration of energy as a technical and economical viable alternative for the farmers
Other results concerned:
- - Transfer of known-how of innovative and adapted technologies regarding: the cultivation techniques, the conversion technologies, the pure oil extraction practises and the energy generation techniques. The attainment of these expected targets have been monitored using some quantitative indicators as :the crop yield, the number of hectares with dedicated crops, the number of converted engines, the amount of oil used in the engines, etc.
- - Additional socio-economic benefits: especially for a new reallocation of the land use after the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) changes for the support of agriculture (uncoupling). The objective indicators for this targets are mainly related with the increase in the number of different crop, varieties, and species detected during the projectís development
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