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Cooperation with key stakeholders and their added-value

Several stakeholders and target groups have been involved in the project, which have contributed significantly to the achievement of the planned indicators.

Stakeholders:

Biomass processing companies

BIOMASA has been collaborating with key companies engaged in wood and biomass processing, focusing on the production of pellets, chips, briquettes and other biomass products. Currently, around 90 biomass-processing companies are in Slovakia and within the framework of the project, many other companies have been contacted for cooperation.

Producers and suppliers of boilers and other biomass facilities, companies engaged in the production of biomass processing technologies

BIOMASA as a heat producer has developed cooperation with heating technology suppliers as well as suppliers of technologies for the production of different types of biomass. BIOMASA regularly addresses several partners to participate in presentations at professional exhibitions and trade fairs in Slovakia. Within the project several partners participated in the most important professional fairs in Slovakia - AQUATHERM Nitra, CONECO Bratislava, and others.

Specialized companies that focus on the production, sale and installation of solar and photovoltaic panels

During the project, BIOMASA has also developed partnerships with partners that focus on the production, sales and installation of solar panels. BIOMASA has involved THERMO|SOLAR Ziar, s.r.o., as the most important solar panel producer in Europe.

Solar energy experts have been regularly invited to presentations at various events, and in the GREEN WEEK and ENERGY WEEK campaigns they provided excursions to the production of solar panels.

Non-profit and development organizations engaged in promotion, creation and implementation of the use of biomass and solar energy

BIOMASA has long been working with non-profit and development organizations to promote develop and implement the use of biomass and solar energy (Civic Association Ekoenergia, Rajec, Slovak Environmental Agency, Slovak and Innovative Energy Agency). These and other organizations have been regularly approached in various events.

All the stakeholders mentioned above during the personal meetings and negotiations were invited to the foundation of the EKOKLASTER - an association that brings together significant biomass and solar energy processors.

Mayors and representatives of local governments and local authorities

Through seminars, conferences and other information dissemination activities organized within the framework of the implementation of the project, co-operation with many mayors of municipalities as well as representatives of local administrations and local authorities was established. New installations of biomass heating technology and hot water heating in municipality buildings contributed to the reduction of CO2 emissions.

Secondary schools and universities

BIOMASA planned to develop cooperation with 16 secondary schools from all over Slovakia. At the beginning of the project, a project information leaflet was sent to all secondary schools in Slovakia, more than 600 schools addressing. 38 schools were interested thus BIOMASA invited them all to cooperation. Both secondary schools and primary and pre- schools were addressed. Three technical universities were involved in project activities engaging the students to obtain practical experience.

The media

Because the project was strongly disseminative, the media played very important role in it. Regularly, through the regional and national media, reports of the most important activities were broadcasted. Articles on the results of the project were regularly published in regional or national press; special annexes were published in the national journal and in other specialized periodicals.

Main target audience:

Experts from professional organizations

Experts were invited to participate in various project activities, including lectures, consultations, meetings and other activities. BIOMASA prepared various training and excursions for Experts, where they could get new knowledge from practical demonstrations of the use of RES. An important point for this target group is also the emphasis on an economically efficient model, the reliability of the pellet supply and the efficient local use of biomass to ensure economic growth, creating new jobs, self-sufficiency in the energy sector and protecting the environment.

Mayors and public administrations

They play an important role in their area of responsibility (municipality, city, state office, etc.). These leaders are also important because they are often directly responsible for managing, for example, schools, kindergartens, health facilities, public buildings, etc. The information obtained could be further disseminated among the inhabitants thereby positively influencing the consumer choice for covering the energy needs in homes from biomass and solar power.

Students

The school coordinators in each school ensured the propagation and promotion of the project as well as the use of biomass and solar energy. Coordinators played an important role in grouping students at each secondary school and universities and participating actively at events organized for the project purposes. For students, BIOMASA has been provided long-term advice and a number of promotional activities were included in the project.

General public

It is very important to be able to work with this group permanently, to be able to provide free consultancy. For the general public, seminars and workshops in the nature - Horses stabling complex - where they had the opportunity to observe the impact of the use of RES and the effects of climate change in nature. Over the 4 years in the project, they have been able to see positive changes in the environment where activities have been carried out in harmony with nature and the environment. Special Energy Vehicle's promotion paths underlined the importance and efficient use of resources where they saw the production of heat, warm water and biomass and solar radiation directly in operation.