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Triggering Sustainable Biogas Energy Communities through Social Innovation

Objective

Community energy sits high in the energy policy agenda as an inseparable part of the strategy towards a low-carbon EU economy. Sustainable biogas technologies have been extremely slow in catching up with community energy developments, failing to benefit from their undeniable potential. ISABEL aims to remove the obstacles and to promote community biogas in the EU by bringing out its societal relevance and by joining forces with a major revolutionary movement – Social Innovation. To achieve and sustain this transition, ISABEL employs modern marketing research to understand the needs and cultural diversities of the communities, fuses Social Innovation to reposition Biogas from an economic bio-fuel carrier to a social good, to come up with new community concepts and to build a stronger and wider community engagement in support of biogas. We zoom in on specific areas with diverse interest and we support communities on the ground to realize community biogas plans in coordination with all the stakeholders, slashing transaction overheads. We bring communities together to exchange and inspire each other as we carefully steer them towards quality sustainability and impact assessment principles. We zoom out to inform the policy world about what works and what does not, what should change and how we can scale-up, replicate and innovate in order to make investments more attractive. We envision a more innovative, better connected, less sensitive to policy and more transparent community biogas movement which will serve as a spring of ideas for other renewable energy technologies.
But we start simple – we want more ideas, more and deeper public involvement, more responsible community biogas plans and more bold and fair policies; and we bring along a highly complementary team of practical minded people to do it.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development

Call for proposal

H2020-LCE-2015-3
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Funding Scheme

CSA - Coordination and support action

Coordinator

Q-PLAN INTERNATIONAL ADVISORS PC
Address
11 El Venizelou Str
551 33 Kalamaria, Thessaloniki
Greece
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 307 250

Participants (7)

INSTITUT EUROPEEN D ADMINISTRATION DES AFFAIRES
France
EU contribution
€ 202 500
Address
Boulevard De Constance 903F
77305 Fontainebleau Cedex
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FACHAGENTUR NACHWACHSENDE ROHSTOFFE EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 250 000
Address
Hofplatz 1
18276 Gulzow
Activity type
Other
UNIVERSITY OF SURREY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 324 750
Address
Stag Hill
GU2 7XH Guildford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
GLOBAL BIOTECHNOLOGY TRANSFER FOUNDATION LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 203 437,50
Address
29 Wellington Street, Central Square, 5Th Floor
LS1 4DL Leeds
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EUROENERGY BIOGAS WEST SOCIETE ANONYME PRODUCTION AND TRADING OF ELECTRICAL ENERGY
Greece
EU contribution
€ 171 250
Address
Dousmani 3
16675 Glyfada
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
WHITE RESEARCH SPRL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 266 375
Address
Avenue De La Toison D'or 67
1060 Saint Gilles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BODENSEE STIFTUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 171 875
Address
Fritz-reichle-ring 4
78315 Radolfzell
Activity type
Other