“Accelerate investments in best available technologies and solutions”
- Agro Business Park A/S
- RUE Scientific-Practical Center of the National Academy of Sciences
- State Agency for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas of the Federal State Schleswig Holstein
- Latvian Farmers’ Parliament
- Lithuanian Agricultural Advisory Service
- Insitute of Meteorology and Water Management
- Swedish Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering
Workpackage 4 goals
- Establish a regional network of agencies with agro-environmental competences with the purpose identifying and communicating about business opportunities in innovative agriculture and related policy aspects;
- Prepare and conduct a Sector Study on legal, technological and economic framework and barriers for selected and prioritised agro-environmental technologies;
- Contribute information dissemination about relevant agro-environment technologies;
- Identify and select prioritised agro-environmental technology investment projects, which are of a regional interest in relation to the agro-environmental policies of the region; and
- Implement three regionally relevant agro-environmental pilot projects, and prepare feasibility studies, business and financing plans for at least two other projects to be implemented in the potential extension phase.
Description of work package activities:
Task 1: Relevant stakeholders are indentified and networking activities will speed up transfer of knowledge to innovative technologies in the region and promote cooperation and innovation. The relevant stakeholders to include in the network comprise, due to the strategic position of the Baltic Compass project, partners of related projects in the Baltic Sea Region, as well as others with interest in innovative agro-environmental technologies and their deployment. Different services will be offered to the network partners, here under the quarterly PDF newsletter “Innovative Agro-environmental TECHNOLOGIES for sustainable food production in the Baltic Sea Region”. At least one international conference, 10 national seminars and one business-to-business event will be convened.
Task 2: The most promising technologies in relation to the purpose of the entire Baltic Compass project will be subject of comprehensive legal, technologic and economic assessments for identification of possible barriers. Data will be collected mainly in the form of a survey, which we will include all relevant institutions and persons in. The analysed data will be used for country-wise reporting to policy makers in which way these technologies can contribute to reach various policy targets, and which indentified barriers that must be removed or enabling instruments deployed in order to persuade farmers and others to invest in the technologies.Task 3: There will be produced different information and training material, which is relevant for the stakeholders. The most ambitious material is a web-based interactive “Atlas of Innovative Agro-environmental TECHNOLOGIES for sustainable food production in the Baltic Sea Region”, where users can find information about technologies, and make a quick and general assessment of environmental and other effects of investing in the technologies at a specific farm or in a specific region. Other, less advanced information material will comprise topical pamphlets, for instance about biogas production.
Task 4: Investment projects which are of interest in relation to the agro-environmental policies in the region will be identified according a prioritization of agro-environmental technologiesTask 5: There will be implemented a minimum of three regionally relevant agro-environmental pilot investment projects during the project lifetime, for instance about the following technology types, provided they have positive environmental effects: a) Bioenergy production; b) Climate change mitigation ; c) Improved plant nutrient utilization..
Two investment projects will be supported with feasibility studies, business planning, financial plans, investment plans or other planning work, while the actual investments could happen in a potential extension phase of the Baltic Compass project.
Main outputs of WP 4:
- A regional network of stakeholders in relation to innovative agro-environmental technologies, here under agencies, chambers of commerce and companies working on technological solutions, innovations and environmental development, and as well networking convened activities to increase cooperation and technology knowledge transfer in the region.
- Policy makers are country-wise presented for produced sector studies of prioritized, innovative technologies, with assessments of their legal, technological and economic opportunities and barriers.
- A web-based interactive “Atlas of Innovative Agro-environmental TECHNOLOGIES for sustainable food production in the Baltic Sea Region”, where users can find information about technologies, and make a quick and general assessment of environmental and other effects of investing in the technologies at a specific farm or in a specific region. Additionally there will be produced other information and training material and methodologies.
- Relevant investments will be identified, and
Work Package 4 Newsletters can be found here.
- three pilot investments addressing nutrient releases and possibilities for energy self-sufficiency will be planned and carried out with support from the project.
- Various planning support will be given to two investment projects, while the actual investments could happen in a potential extension phase of the Baltic Compass project.
- Various demonstration and dissemination activities are undertaken to spread the knowledge to the investment projects.