The report “Biogas landscape and specificities in the 3 targeted regions” analyzes the regional biogas landscape and specificities in the 3 targeted regions in terms of (i) the existing biogas stakeholders and supply chains (farmers/breeders/foresters, biogas producers, intermediaries, energy consumers and local/regional authorities), (ii) their operational practices and impact orientation (i.e. both economic and societal), and (iii) the national and regional biogas policies, regulatory framework and incentive schemes as well as relevant initiatives that foster or hinder the development of the biogas sector in the three targeted regions.
The analysis is be mostly based on in-depth interviews and exchanges with key stakeholders in the 3 regions as well as on a short literature review on regional policy documents and reports and aims to reveal the main gaps and barriers as well as the support needs of the biogas stakeholders, upon which ISABEL actions will be properly fine-tuned per region.
In particular, 31 semi-structured interviews with representatives of a wide range of stakeholders’ were conducted and revealed the gaps and the barriers beyond this sector and how different is the acceptance and problems among different regions. The findings vary substantially according to each region. In particular, Greece demonstrated an immature biogas sector with little present experience in local community projects, United Kingdom appeared to have a vast experience in RES local community projects and a moderate biogas development and Germany was confirmed to be the front runner exhibiting a strong expertise in biogas and local communities.