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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.

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)

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INSTITUT EUROPEEN D ADMINISTRATION DES AFFAIRES

France

EU Contribution

€ 202 500

FACHAGENTUR NACHWACHSENDE ROHSTOFFE EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 250 000

UNIVERSITY OF SURREY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 324 750

GLOBAL BIOTECHNOLOGY TRANSFER FOUNDATION LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 203 437,50

EUROENERGY BIOGAS WEST SOCIETE ANONYME PRODUCTION AND TRADING OF ELECTRICAL ENERGY

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 171 250

WHITE RESEARCH SPRL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 266 375

BODENSEE STIFTUNG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 171 875

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 691752

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2016

  • End date

    31 December 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.2.

H2020-EU.3.3.7.

H2020-EU.3.3.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 897 437,50

  • EU contribution

    € 1 897 437,50

Coordinated by:

Q-PLAN INTERNATIONAL ADVISORS PC

Greece