On May 31, 2016 in Vinnytsia city the first seminar on «Opportunities for using woody biomass from fruit trees pruning and old plantations uprooting for energetic purposes» as part of the up_Running «Take-off for sustainable supply of woody biomass from agrarian pruning and plantation removal» was carried out.

The purposes of the seminar were:

  • To present the project «Take-off for sustainable supply of woody biomass from agrarian pruning and plantation removal - uP_running» (HORIZON 2020).    
  • Fostering collaboration between organizations representing different links in the supply chain of biomass from agrarian pruning and plantation removal.
  • Creating a common platform for stakeholders dialogue.

International project «up_Running» is performed in the framework of joint international research program HORIZON 2020 and aims to set the path for the development of the bioenergy utilisation of agrarian pruning and plantation removal (APPR) wood obtained from vineyards, olive groves and fruit tree plantations. For that purpose uP_running incorporates a set of straight actions aimed to reshape the sectors perception, to provide evidences of real success and replicable models to follow, as well as to promote the take-off for the utilisation of APPR biomass residues.

Presentations of the seminar:

  1. Alla Kravchenko, Ukrainian Agribusiness Club. Presentation of the project «uP_running». Opportunities for cooperation under the project.
  2. Olena Poperechna, «Fruit Project» LLC. The current state of the gardening development in the Vinnitsa region.
  3. Olga Haidai, Scientific Engineering Centre «Biomass» Ltd. World experience of using woody biomass from agrarian pruning and plantation removal for energy purposes.
  4. Oleh Levchenko, NGO «Podolian Agency for Regional Development». Vinnytsia region experience in replacement imported energy fuels to local in example of a pilot project in Severynivka village.

During the seminar the participants were attracted to the discussion about the barriers and driving forces in the energy use of woody biomass from APPR for energy purposes sector development. You can find the mentioned in the seminar barriers and driving forces at the following link (in ukrainian).

Vinnytsia region is selected as the project demonstration region in Ukraine. Therefore, the main purpose of the seminar was to involve representatives of companies that may be interested in supplying, processing and consumption of woody biomass from agrarian pruning and plantation removal. All interested participants will take part in the five demonstration projects that are scheduled for implementation in 2017.

If you are a stakeholder in the chain of woody biomass energy use and want to participate in demonstration projects, please fill out questionnaires that are presented below.

Agricultural enterprises, farmers, cooperatives.
Service companies, biomass sellers, technology suppliers, final consumers.