Boosting Rural Bioeconomy Networks following multi-actor approaches

    Project: EU project

    Project Details


    BRANCHES aims to increase implementation of cost-efficient new technologies mobilize more biomass and create new business opportunities in rural areas by improving and strengthening the connection between practice and science of bio-based economy through offering a channel for two-way flow of information, new ideas and technologies within European agriculture & forestry practitioners particularly in rural areas. Research in bioeconomy has accelerated during the last ten years and a vast amount of knowledge has been generated. However, due to the multiple sectors and complex value chains involved, a significant part of that valuable information is in danger to stay untapped. The BRANCHES project will summarize, share and present the existing best practices and research results from earlier and running EU and national projects to promote bioeconomy and rural development through new bio-based initiatives. The demands and needs of the practitioners will be gathered by a series of workshops and meetings and active co-operation within national networks. In BRANCHES, the selected knowledge on forest and agricultural biomass supply chains will be integrated with available and innovative technologies and best-practice cases for bioeconomy solutions with bioenergy conversion systems in wider bioeconomy context. Policy recommendations, competitive biomass supply chains and most suitable innovative technologies will be summarized and shared in easily understandable formats (Practice abstracts and factsheets) through Thematic Networks launched by BRANCHES. The cooperation within Thematic Networks is expected to lead to outcomes which will have a lasting and widespread impact on practitioners across Europe in the rural environment. The project consortium has 12 partners, and, in addition, over 30 different organizations (including companies, associations, Ministries, Councils and Federations) have express their support to the project (through support letters).
    Effective start/end date1/01/2131/12/23

    Collaborative partners

    • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
    • Center for Research Resources and Energy Consumption (Circe) (Project partner)
    • German Biomass Research Center gGmbH (DBFZ) (Project partner)
    • Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK) (Project partner)
    • Asociación Española de Valorización Energética de la Biomasa (AVEBIOM) (Project partner)
    • Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) (Project partner)
    • University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn (Project partner)
    • Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) (Project partner) (lead)
    • BCM BioEconomy Cluster Management GmbH (Project partner)
    • National Research Council (CNR) (Project partner)
    • Italian Biomass Association (ITABIA) (Project partner)
    • Warmińsko-Mazurski Ośrodek Doradztwa Rolniczego z siedzibą w Olsztynie (Project partner)

    UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

    Funding category

    • EU-H2020


    • H2020
    • H2020-RUR-2020-1
    • Demand driven innovation