AFO - Activating private forest owners to increase forest fuel supply
AFO's main objective is to increase wood fuel supply from privately owned European forests. In terms of bioenergy promotion, private forest owners (PFO's) form a conclusive forest owner group, as they possess most of the European wood energy potential. AFO carries out various activation procedures to initiate wood fuel supply clusters among PFO's. These clusters are brought together with the local potential energy wood users, focusing on local small- and medium scale heat plants.
The project operates during 2009-12 in six countries and five specific target areas. Finland and Austria are countries of high wood fuel utilization level and strong experience of bioenergy harvesting and procurement systems. They will transfer best practices to less experienced partner countries with vast private forests ownership (France, Slovenia, Latvia and UK).
Results and best practices acquired in the project will be disseminated throughout all EU member states.
AFO is supported by the European Commission under the Intelligent Energy - Europe Programme. The sole responsibility for the content of this publication lies with the authors. It does not represent the opinion of the European Communities. The European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.
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