Project name ENER-TAG
Energy Transport and Agriculture: planning a model for Circular Economy
Objective Objective 2.2
Priority Low carbon cities and regions
Aim The basic idea is to link the main local sectors of economy into a Circular Model for producing an outcome that is relevant for the society and the environment, sustainable for the industry and coherent with the European strategies.
The project aims to understand, share and collaboratively develop new models and tools of circular economy for a low carbon economy and society.
The objective is to gain an increase of competence and knowledge useful for the planning process of such models, as well as to get new or simply different solutions and ideas in order to:
• Further plan and implement existing circular models, upgrading functionalities or technologies, developing new modules/sections addressing specific criticalities, involving new stakeholders and shareholders
• Studying local conditions and identifying common planning measures for the deployment of a Circular Model.
Results For each country involved, the main result is an Action Plan for the development of the Circular Model that has been investigated and promoted within the project. The Action Plan includes the parameters and the conditions useful for the implementation and assessment of the model in the reference country as well as in other countries, the solutions and the technologies, the governance and the management aspects that allow the effective functioning of Circular Models.
Another relevant result will be the spreading of positive awareness in the public opinion, as well as in stakeholders (private companies and public authorities) through a wide activity of promotion and dissemination (workshops, seminars, individual meetings, visits, peer reviews).
Summarizing, technical actions for the analysis and the study of the model (solutions, technologies, resources, costs) will be accompanied by strategic activities useful in order to both set the governance and the management of the model, both for increase awareness and knowledge of the overall community (local, regional, national and EU).
In particular, the focus will be on models for bio Natural Gas Production by the re-use of organic waste from agricultural activities and production (mainly) and from other sources, in order to feed Local Public Transport, as well as businesses and private users. Moreover, fermentation by-products caused during the production of bio natural gas are a valuable fertilizer and are returned to the fields.
Cost 2,5 M€
Duration 3 years
Partners involved Emilia-Romagna Region (IT)
Institute for Transport and Logistics - ITL (IT)
Energy and Environment Laboratory Piacenza - LEAP (IT)
Partners requested 2 partners from 2 (or 3) Central Europe Regions.
Total n° of project partners: 9-10

The identification of the abovementioned elements is assured by the inclusion in the partnership of members that are already experienced in the field, as well as technological partners, public and private stakeholders and users.
The partnership is made of cities/districts that are addressing the issue of energy production from organic waste and includes both urban areas that have already developed models of circular economy based on waste re-use, also partially, as well as urban areas/regions that are assessing or setting conditions for the deployment of such initiatives.
Specifically, the partners are:
• Local public Authorities (municipalities, regions, districts)
• Research and Innovation Centers in the field of Agriculture, Transport and Logistics, Energy/Green Fuels (public or private no profit)
• Associations/Consortium for Environmental Protection, Agriculture, Transport
• Local Public Transport companies and agencies
Innovation The innovative aspect is absolutely the Model of Circular Economy itself. Few are still the regions or local areas that have investigated and implemented such Models. In particular, the reference model for the project (bio-natural gas from agricultural waste) is absolutely still not developed in EU.
Moreover, innovation is also in the technological solutions that needs to be investigated and tailored on the Model, and eventually developed as new, as well as Governance and Management solutions.
Innovative is also the bio-natural gas for public and private Transport, as far as now indeed both technological solutions both administrative and legal aspects are under development in order to fully deploy this kind of green fuel.
Follow up of The project is not a follow-up of another EU project, but it is the follow-up of an idea born within a local community of public and private actors: Region, Municipality of Piacenza, Associations, Institutes of Research, Transport Operators.
Follow up fundings