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SOCIO-ECONOMIC MULTIPLIER MODEL FOR RURAL DIVERSIFICATION THROUGH BIOMASS ENERGY DEPLOYMENT

Objective



There is a clear need to quantify the knock-on effects of bioenergy schemes in rural depressed areas. Bioenergy schemes represent opportunities for European agriculture to diversify into new markets that will create new and additional employment in rural communities. This will also aid in increasing farming incomes and will act as a lever for other investment and contribute to the development of associated commercial and industrial activities. For instance, transport infrastructure and specialist machinery manufacturers will benefit from increased business. This will in turn create additional spending in the community and further add to the knock-on effects.
The objective of this proposal is to develop a quantitative model to analyse the socioeconomic impacts of bioenergy deployment through rural diversification and to measure the distribution of benefits and costs of policy packages, particularly the CAP. The BIOSEM model - Biomass Socio-Economic Multiplier Model, will be a facilitator for the organisation and analysis of already existing data so that the employment and income benefits from bioenergy development and deployment in rural areas can be measured.
The model will simulate the interaction between agricultural crops, biomass production, energy production and other sectors of the economy.
The main aim of this proposal is the development of the BIOSEM model. This will allow:
- the estimation of the direct and indirect knock-on effects on employment, income, local services and government revenue created by various phases of the deployment of bioenergy schemes in the participating European countries;
- the identification of depressed rural areas that would benefit from bioenergy deployment;
- recommendations for CAP policy reform to assist and promote rural diversification through bioenergy schemes.
BIOSEM will assist policy makers to site energy crop production and
processing plants and to identify where to target investment so as to get the highest production response or optimal income distribution effects in all the participating European countries.
BIOSEM will help policy makers identify recommendations for rural policy and CAP reform and assist rural diversification through bioenergy deployment based on the results of BIOSEM model simulations.

Funding Scheme

CON - Coordination of research actions

Coordinator

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)
Address
Harwell Laboratory
OX11 0RA Didcot
United Kingdom

Participants (8)

AGENCE DE L'ENVIRONNEMENT ET DE LA MAITRISE DE L'ENERGIE
France
Address
Rue Louis Vicat, 27
75737 Paris
CENTRE FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES
Greece
Address
19Th Km Marathonos Av.
190 09 Pikermi - Attiki
DUQUESNE LTD.
Ireland
Address
Merrion Square 4
2 Dublin
Facultes Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix
Belgium
Address
Rempart De La Vierge 8
5000 Namur
Italian Biomass Association
Italy
Address
Via Archimede 161
00197 Roma
LEI-DLO - AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Netherlands
Address
Burgemeester Patijnlaan, 19 - P.o. Box 29703
2502 LS Den Haag
SWEDISH NATIONAL BOARD FOR INDUSTRIAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT
Sweden
Address
Liljeholmsvägen, 32
117 86 Stockholm
Universität Hohenheim
Germany
Address

70593 Stuttgart