01/03/16 | Interview to Cristina Calderon, Project Leader for the EU funded project BASIS

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AEBIOM – Where did the idea of BASIS project come from? To which concerns does the BASIS project respond, according to you?

Cristina Calderon – Bioenergy will play an important role to achieve the 2020 objectives and that’s why national biomass strategies are crucial for Member States to assess their domestic biomass potential and increase the sustainable use of wood. However new investors and project developers require clear information on the availability of biomass and existing competition in order to secure the feedstock supply. Beyond the theoretical studies of biomass potential there is a need of real biomass demand at a regional level, so that future plants will be situated with a view on the sustainable biomass availability. Basis came as a solution to this barriers. The main target groups are bioenergy project developers, feedstock suppliers and investors, while information will be as well of high interest for national and European policy makers and the European Commission itself.

AEBIOM – What are your main expectations regarding BASIS project?

Cristina Calderon – BASIS has built a user friendly and complete GIS with information on more than 3000 bioenergy plants, biomass potential and sustainability. My only expectation is that the platform serves project developers in their best interest and contributes to the sustainable development of bioenergy in Europe.

AEBIOM- What are the essential tasks managed by BASIS projects partners? Can you explain in short the specific roles of partners in this project

Cristina CalderonBASIS is coordinated by AEBIOM in partnership with the Imperial College of London, a German consultancy ECLAREON and seven national biomass associations in Austria, Denmark, France, Italy, Germany, Spain and Sweden. Project partners play a key role in the data collection within their country: thanks to their expertise and intense work during more than 6 months, we have identified more than 3000 bioenergy plants together with more national information. On the other hand, project partners are fundamental for a broader dissemination of the project results. National association are the reference body for biomass issues in their countries, therefore the most relevant channel to communicate on the project´ outcomes to companies, citizens and national policy makers.

AEBIOM – What could be the concrete outcomes of BASIS project and who does this benefit?

Cristina CalderonBASIS aims at providing a comprehensive overview of the wood chips consumption in Europe by identifying all plants using this fuel. Bioenergy plants (with info on its capacity, wood consumption, etc.) are shown in a map which provides an overall picture of the European consumption of wood chips at first glance. In addition to the wood chips consumption, the interactive map provides also information on the wood supply potential and sustainability aspect affecting such supply. This is without doubt an extraordinary tool for project developers and all the bioenergy community!

For more information, visit BASIS’s website.

Interview conducted by boucher@aebiom.org