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Project: Biomass in Portugal

ISEG is heading up a consortium for the preparation of a study on the contextualisation and operationalisation of small forest biomass plants in Portugal, which is financed by ICNF’s Permanent Forest Fund. The project aims to satisfy multiple objectives, among which a principle one is the preservation of forest areas by improving their economic sustainability and fire prevention. This study commenced on 01/09/2021, and will last for one year.

The prime objective of this project, which is funded by the Permanent Forest Fund, under the jurisdiction of ICNF – Institute of Nature Conservation and Forests, is to respond to Decree-Law No. 120/2019 of the 22nd of August, which establishes the objective of carrying out a study on the economic and technological components associated with the operationalisation of activities leading to the achievement of the above-mentioned objectives, by means of the installation and operation of new forest biomass plants. The project has multiple objectives, including the preservation of forest areas through the improvement of their economic sustainability and fire prevention.

This project is a product of the consortium established between ISEG (the managing entity) and LUKE, a Finnish entity which specialises in biomass plants.

INTERVENTION AXIS: EIXO II –Fire Prevention.

TYPE OF ACTION: Other Actions for Forest Fire Prevention.

DESIGNATION OF THE ACTION: Financial support for the preparation of a study on the contextualisation and operationalisation of small biomass plants in Portugal

The main objectives of the study on the contextualisation and operationalisation of small biomass plants (BVC) in Portugal are the following:

a) Identify and select the most appropriate business model(s) for the operation of CVBs, whilst taking into account the obligation of articulation between the parties and the local/regional contextualisation;

b) Identify and select the most appropriate governance/governance model(s) to ensure the articulation and collaboration of all the agents in the value chain, whilst considering stakeholders’ interests and local and regional operationalisation conditions;

c) Propose the necessary incentive and financing modalities for the operationalisation of the installation of the CVBs.

To this end, the actions to be developed include

  1. Consolidate knowledge regarding biomass power plants
  2. Collect data to choose pilot areas for the installation of power plants;
  3. Hold a workshop and carry out a pre-feasibility study;
  4. Carry out a critical analysis and validation of the business model and governance proposals, and the analysis of incentives and/or funding, together with their validation;
  5. Consolidate knowledge about the intervention areas;
  6. Hold a final Webinar.