Place: America
Year(s): 2002-2005
Sector: Biomass & Bioenergy

Latin America Thematic Network on Bioenergy

The project Latin America Thematic Network on Bioenergy (LAMNET) is funded by the European Commission in the framework of the specific research and technological development programme ‘Confirming the International Role of Community Research’.

The main objective of LAMNET is to establish a trans-national forum for the promotion of sustainable use of biomass in Latin America and other emerging countries.

Good management of resources, alleviating poverty and improving the socio-economic conditions of living are key objectives for research and development efforts in emerging countries and the EU partnership with emerging countries. Therefore, the general objective of this project to establish a network of Knowledge Centres (Universities and R&D Institutes) and SMEs from Latin America and other emerging countries and the European Union. The main focus of the project will thereby be the identification of technological objectives and the development of policy options to boost promotion of decentralised biomass production and biomass based energy generation.

Concerning the large-scale promotion of bioenergy and the realisation of significant benefits from the deployment of modern, efficient and sustainable bioenergy systems in Latin America and other emerging countries the following six key Thematic Priorities have been identified and will be addressed during the implementation of this project:

  • Analysis of the Energy Policy framework
  • Assessment of Demand
  • Assessment of Resources
  • Analysis of available Technologies and Systems
  • Development of Policy Options for the Promotion of Bioenergy
  • Implementation of Policy Options for the Promotion of Bioenergy

This global network of 48 institutions (Knowledge Centres and SMEs) from 24 countries worldwide is set up to face urgent needs for improved and regionally adapted bioenery applications.

The network is coordinated by WIP, Renewable Energies, Germany, in partnership with ETA, Energia Trasporti Agricoltura, Italy and the European Biomass Industry Association, EUBIA. The Latin American organisations CENBIO (Centro Nacional de Referência em Biomassa), Brazil and UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), México act as coordination support points on the South- and Central American continent.

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