Aims of the project:

  • Reduce the GHG emissions and the ecological footprint of public facilities
    • Conversion of diesel heating systems to biomass boilers on public facilities (district heating system). (SDG 7 & 13)
  • Ensure active and sustainable forest management to promote healthy forests
    • Promote biomass production at local/national level without threatening forest services. (SDG 15)
    • Establish circular economy channels to revalorize the national wood market. (SDG 9 & 11)

​What Stage is the Project Currently at?

  • A Biomass boiler which heats the Ordino’s sport resort (swimming pool, gym) and tourism office has been running since 2013
  • In 2018 a national law of the promotion of Energy Transition and Climate Change (Litecc) was passed
  • During 2018-2019 a national study was carried out looking at the potential for forest biomass production along with a local study on the feasibility of Ordino’s district heating system
  • Plans for a Consortium for a multi administrative biomass generation centre (national biomass manufacturing) in 2020

Key challenges:

  • Social impact of the smoke plume from the Biomass boiler. Need of communication and awareness raising campaigns for locals
  • Control the price and quality of wood chips – The planned biomass centre will increase the production and control the conditions.
  • Increasing the efficiency and performance of discharging from truck to boiler depot. Change from a suction system to gravitational one. *cost (145€ to 100€/Tn)
  • Need to revalorize other wood goods and products to assume the high costs of forest exploitation (mainly due to slopes and lack of forest roads) – Creating a national wood market (e.g. structural and construction uses), under a sustainable international certification (PEFC / FSC).

Key learnings:

  • CO2 and other contaminant gases emission (SO2) have decreased considerably running with biomass.
  • The public budget savings due to biomass use, shows positive trends (average 43K € /year)
  • Current biomass price (half of the demand is exported from Spain) does not permit to expand the district heating to other public facilities. To enable this there is a need for a national biomass production increase.
  • Use of local resources, instead of exploiting it, is a common sense idea and has benefits at multiple levels (social, environmental and economic).
  • Changes need time to be supported by the public and in the political arena.
  • Introducing forest ecosystemic services and goods into the classic economy models could help to visualise important indirect values.

Project details:

Organisation:Actua Tech Foundation – Innovation Hub Andorra Projects

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