ISABEL Project – Triggering Sustainable Biogas Energy Communities through Social Innovation
ISABEL is an EU Horizon 2020 project, which aims to foster the concept of community biogas in Europe. The main aim of ISABEL is to bring a new thinking into the biogas supply chains that will result in the transition to a local and community-based governance model, as well as to provide the framework conditions for the biogas communities’ market take-up by using as a baseline the core interacting elements of (i) local biogas production & consumption and (ii) community involvement.
During the first year of the project, ISABEL’s main aim was the successful establishment of biogas communities in Germany, UK, and Greece while building upon each region’s local characteristics and identifying possible biogas stakeholders. A series of activities and events were organised throughout this period aiming to reach potential stakeholders and establish community initiatives in the three targeted regions.
ISABEL partners’ efforts successfully resulted in the development of the biogas communities (Germany, UK, and Greece) with different characteristics. For each region, partners required to work closely with the stakeholders in order to support and design the set of actions needed towards the successful establishment of the engagement plans.
The last six months ISABEL partners’ efforts focused initially on promoting and supporting the implementation of the initial action plans with a view to boost community’s up scaling process. A number of activities and meetings held with the participation of local biogas stakeholders in each targeted regions with a view to assist the formed communities and discuss further ideas of improvement while identifying specific tools that their utilisation would advance the development of the community.
In the next period of the project, ISABEL will go beyond the platforms foreseen interventions and action plans and will also identify and support additional promising bottom-up interventions cases emerging by the local communities of the three areas. At this stage, it is essential to use the knowledge and experience coming from each region and be able to bring our communities together aiming to exchange valuable information that will overall contribute towards future activities.
For a continuous update on the progress of the ISABEL project, please visit our website: isabel-project.eu