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Energy turnaround

As EU sets goals to significantly increase the share of renewable energy sources (RES) in Europe, state governments set up initiatives to utilize local RES in sustainable way.

Especially in countries with a strong agricultural sector huge potentials for growing energy crops and using agricultural residues exists. The utilization of local biomass potentials will increase the profitability of the agricultural sector, while the usage of organic wastes needs to be widely considered for future energy production.

With a share of 64% biomass is the major renewable energy source in Europe today, but the implementation of local bioenergy actions requires highly specialized consultancy in all relevant sectors and disciplines.

Q-BICON helps consolidating sustainable energy markets

Still biomass potentials are not sufficiently used or sustainability aspects are neglected. An important reason for this is a lack of qualification and specific vocational trainings, especially for consultants and multipliers.

So, agricultural consultants lack knowledge of planning, meanwhile consultants from planning disciplines lack knowledge of biomass production in a sustainable manner. On the level of administrations, but also in industry and planning relevant organisations often there are just insufficient consultancy services.

As the EU-project COACH BioEnergy identified, there is a lack of suitable trainings going beyond the scope of a general knowledge on renewable energies and that facilitate deep and specific competences in the field of bioenergy.

Also relevant aspects as sustainability assessment of local bioenergy actions or improvement of knowledge transfer and communication skills are not adequately taken into consideration today.

Q-BICON closes training gaps

Q-BICON sets about the present qualification gaps and develops an innovative and close-to-the-market qualification framework for a bioenergy consultant training. Thus, the project´s key challenges are the:

  • creation of a new occupational profile for bioenergy consultants
  • development of new contents regaring the sustainable utilization of biomass
  • integration of consultancy skills
  • integration of further soft skills