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RE-Regions: Socio-Ecology of Self-Sufficiency The conditions for and diffusion of concepts for the complete energy supply of municipalities and regions on the base of renewables - main focus on bioenergy

There is broad consensus today that local involvement is needed to achieve climate protection targets agreed on a higher political level. Renewable energy self-suffiency can make a significant contribution to this. Especially the use of biomass, which has shown a dynamic development in recent years, is attributed with particular potential. On the one hand, biomass can be used for diverse utilisation. Moreover, biomass is easily integrated into the conventional energy system due to its characteristic as a storable energy source. On the other hand, the use of biomass energy has considerable impact on the socio- and the biosphere and thus also has its limits. This makes a consideration of ecological and social aspects in conjunction with economic and technical aspects indispensable.
The focus of this project therefore lies on the use of bioenergy. The aim of this project is to compile requirements for success as well as factors for the implementation and control of concepts for the complete energy supply (electricity and heat) of municipalities and regions on the basis of renewable energies. This involves a comprehensive approach that focuses particularly on ecological and social risks and opportunities.

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