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PRO-BIOBALKAN — Result In Brief

Project ID: 510680
Funded under: FP6-INCO
Country: Hungary

Balkan energy of the future

Two important conferences on sustainable practices in the Balkans have opened possibilities for European investment and collaboration. The region may be leapfrogging towards a more sustainable future soon.
Balkan energy of the future
Although the Balkan region lags behind western Europe in encouraging sustainable energy, it harbours much potential in producing biomass, among other solutions, to advance its energy needs. The EU-funded project 'Promotion of cost competitive biomass technologies in the western Balkan countries' (PRO-Biobalkan) organised conferences to investigate novel technologies that promote sustainable energy in the region.

The project focused on biomass as a means to stoke productivity and the economy, encouraging sectors such as forestry and agriculture to exploit alternative resources. It also enabled industry to become more self sufficient, minimise waste and become more environmentally friendly. This has enabled the region to embark on more EU projects and promote investment opportunities for the EU region.

PRO-Biobalkan hosted two conferences in Croatia and Serbia, attracting dozens of experts, researchers, industrialists, government officials, environmentalists and policymakers, among other stakeholders. It designed a project website featuring cutting-edge technology and useful data to promote sustainability. Apart from the conferences, the project conducted a study on the biomass sector, outlining the current state of affairs in the Balkans on the topic and opening the road for progress and future development.

In effect, the project promoted networking between the Balkans and the rest of Europe, disseminating valuable results to stakeholders on sustainable energy and promoting a greener future. A more viable economy in the region is expected to emerge from this initiative.

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