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Securing Sustainable Dendromass Production with Poplar Plantations in European Rural Areas

Objective

Dendromass4Europe (D4E) aims at establishing sustainable, Short-Rotation Coppice (SRC)-based regional cropping systems for agricultural dendromass on marginal land that feed into bio-based value chains and create additional job opportunities in rural areas. For that purpose, 2,500 ha of short rotation poplar plantations are established, including marginal or currently unused land in rural areas of the Slovak Republic and Hungary. These plantations will provide the feedstock for the establishment of four new bio-based value chains based upon products from wood and bark from poplar trees: (1) a functionally adapted lightweight fibreboard, (2) eco-fungicidal moulded fibre parts, (3) a bark-enriched wood-plastic composite and (4) a multi-purpose wood-plastic granulate.
Besides developing attractive business opportunities, the activities of the industrial partners in D4E will generate profit for the rural economy (income for farmers, employment opportunities). A large number of farmers and rural land owners will directly benefit from the diversification and increase of revenues through their involvement into D4E. The main responsible plantation owner IKEA Industries Malacky provides a framework for land acquisition. With the plantation management, the respective farmers and land owners in rural western Slovakia and in north-western Hungary will have direct access to a new bio-based market of three industrial partners. Based on the above mentioned impact of D4E plantations for the farmers’ income, new primary agricultural jobs will be created, mainly for local people and opening possibilities for disadvantaged groups. New green jobs in rural areas will also originate from the D4E at the production plants of the industrial partners.
The consortium D4E unites expertise from industrial and academic partners in the relevant fields along the production, processing and utilization of products from short-rotation coppice.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy

Call for proposal

H2020-BBI-JTI-2016
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Funding Scheme

BBI-IA-DEMO - Bio-based Industries Innovation action - Demonstration

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN
Address
Helmholtzstrasse 10
01069 Dresden
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 4 182 075

Participants (8)

IKEA INDUSTRY SLOVAKIA SRO
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 1 122 795
Address
Tovarenska 2614/19
901 01 Malacky
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PULPACK SPOLKA Z ORGANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA SPOLKA KOMANDYTOWA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 680 625
Address
Ul. Rokicinska 168
92 412 Lodz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KOMPETENZZENTRUM HOLZ GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 405 625
Address
Altenberger Strasse 69
4040 Linz
Activity type
Other
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 530 168,75
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
OKOFORESTINO KORLATOLT FELELOSSEGUTARSASAG
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 428 925
Address
Ibolya Ut 11. V. Em. 21
9400 Sopron
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DAPHNE - INSTITUT APLIKOVANEJ EKOLOGIE
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 185 875
Address
Podunajska 24
821 06 Bratislava
Activity type
Research Organisations
ENERGOCHEMICA TRADING AS
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 2 234 550
Address
Pribinova 25
81109 Bratislava
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 30 375
Address
Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments