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Bioenergy is a common priority of smart specialisation for several regions across EU. Accordingly, in 2016 the smart specialisation platform on energy has supported the creation of an interregional partnership for bioenergy and smart specialisation which is currently working in four priority areas: biofuels, biomass, biogas and knowledge transfer.

This bioenergy partnership is led by the regions of Lapland (FI) and Castilla y Leon (ES) and engages the participation of other 14 regions committed to being frontrunners in developing forest-based as well as non-food agriculture-based bioenergy as the basis for sustainable regional growth. In line with the EU goals, bio-energy represents about two-thirds of the renewable energy production in the European Union and is one of the main energy sources contributing to fulfil the 20% objective with renewables for 2020.

With this interregional partnership initiative, participant regions are already meeting and expect to develop common ground for cooperation through the common elaboration of steps such as mapping, pilot activities and joint investments based on decentralized renewable solutions (e.g. wood chip or biogas CHP plants) second generation biofuels, produced mainly from lignocellulose biomass, residues or waste.


Regions involved

Lead regions: Lapland (FI) and Castile and Leon (ES)

Participating regions: North Jutland (Nordjylland) (DK), Weser-Ems (DE), South-Estonia (EE), Ireland (IE), Asturias, Catalonia, Extremadura, Valencian Community (ES), Grand Est, Normandy (FR), North Great Plain (Észak-Alföld) (HU), South Tyrol (IT), Northern Netherland (NL), Opolskie, Podlaskie, Pomorskie, Slaskie (PL), North-East Romania (RO), Slovenia (SI), Slovakia (SK), North Karelia (FI), East Sweden (Östergötland), Region Värmland, Västerbotten (SE), Cornwall and Isles of Scilly (UK).


1. Contact details of the leading regions

Ilari HAVUKAINEN, Cluster Development Manager, Arctic Smartness Clusters and Smart Specialisation, Regional Council of Lapland

Mª Puy DOMÍNGUEZ PÉREZ, EREN Regional Energy Agency of Castilla y León

2. Contact details of JRC

Javier GOMEZ, Directorate B, Growth and Innovation. Unit 3, Territorial Development.
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