ISABEL is a EU Horizon 2020 project, which aims to foster the concept of community biogas by setting up and growing local biogas communities across Europe as well as providing them with the necessary tools and support to develop and manage their local biogas production and consumption.
The project is set on providing all the framework conditions for biogas communities to shape, develop and thrive. It works on all angles to pave the way for the transition from traditional supply chains to community ownership and take full advantage of the ample societal benefits of regional community-driven biogas systems, fuelled and inspired by social innovation principles.
- During the first year of the project, ISABEL’s main aim was the successful establishment of biogas communities in Germany, UK, and Greece while building upon each region’s local characteristics and identifying possible biogas stakeholders. ISABEL partners’ efforts successfully resulted in the development of 3 biogas communities with different characteristics. For each region, worked closely with the community members in order to support them in setting up a vision and an action plan for community biogas in their region.
- During the second year of the project, ISABEL partners’ efforts focused initially on promoting and supporting the implementation of the initial action plans with a view to boost communities’ up scaling process whilst identifying additional, promising biogas initiatives in the 3 targeted regions. These efforts resulted in the initial engagement and set up of additional bottom-up community biogas cases. By the end of 2017, a total of 10 communities are established while several more are actively being developed and supported by the ISABEL project in UK, Germany and Greece.
- In this next period of the project, the aim is to breach the current borders of ISABEL and ‘transfer’ its concept and findings to other neighbouring regions and countries. Initially, 3 international workshops will be organised in Poland (by FNR and LCF), Serbia (by QPLAN and EBW) and UK (by GBTF and University of Surrey) bringing together relevant biogas stakeholders and communities’ representatives from close-by regions. During these workshops, highly motivated stakeholders from other regions will be identified and the 3 most interesting and promising cases will be selected and supported till the end of the project.
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