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National Incentives and Barriers for the Energetic Use of Manure in the Baltic Sea Region


The European Union has set ambitious goals for producing renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). The directive 2009/28/EG sets binding minimum targets for each member state, including the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) countries. Animal manure can be utilised as a source of renewable energy via different technologies, such as anaerobic digestion (AD), which is by far the most efficient renewable energy technology to reduce GHG emissions.

 

Simultaneously, the valuable nutrients in manure may be recycled and the environmental burden of manure relieved. The EU-Project „Baltic Forum for Innovative Technologies for Sustainable Manure Management, Baltic MANURE“ has investigated the existing incentives and barriers for the energetic use of manure and aims to develop policy recommendations in order to promote manure energy use and subsequent reduction in GHGs in the BSR.

 

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