Strategic tools towards a sustainable use of biomass for low carbon domestic heating


Starting from the knowledge of the contribution of biomass burning to local PM concentrations and climate change (WPT1), this WP is strictly linked to WPT3, WPT4 and WPT5 outputs since citizens and local administrators will be the main drivers of the implementation level of the tools as well as the low carbon policies developed by the project. Therefore their commitment and intense involvement in the development and use of awareness raising is crucial for the project success.


DELIVERABLES OF A.2.1 & A.2.2 - Report on innovative methods to improve engagement and awareness raising in pilot areas

BB-Clean project is based on the creation of technological, economic and regulatory tools to improve the knowledge of citizens and public authorities on the challenges of using wood energy in the Alpine valleys. This report presents the results of awareness-raising campaigns using air quality particle micro-sensors (D.T.2.1) carried out within the framework of this project on the territory of the community of communes of the Mont-Blanc countries (CCPMB, Arve valley, France), in the province of Styria (Austria) and in Aosta Valley (Italy). To enable those campaigns, different technical sets of tools were made available to the citizens to allow them to participate in a collaborative process of air quality data collection:

 - Data visualization tools (smartphone application and digital platform) and particle micro-sensors (D.T.2.1.1)                                                                           - Public workshops with residents and local authorities of the selected pilot areas (D.T.2.1.3)                                                                                                           - Workshops on the more recent findings to support a smart biomass burning (D.T.2.1.4)                                                                                                                   - Publication on the websites of local environmental agencies of the real time fraction of PM due to BB in pilot areas (D.T.2.2.1)

In this report the 3 different experimentations that took place in 3 different countries are presented:

FRANCE: Awareness raising experimentation using PM micro-sensors and the Atmo Auvergne-RhôneAlpes Captotheque infrastructure with the citizen of the CCPMB territory but also stakeholders and journalists.

AUSTRIA: Awareness raising experimentation with PM micro-sensors for 6 different groups

ITALY: Awareness raising experimentation with PM micro-sensors, in the pilot area of Saint-Marcel and in the city of Aosta, with stakeholders, students and citizens. 


D.T2.3.1 - Report on the crowdsourcing activities towards awareness raising and innovative ideas in the context of cleaner biomass burning

In order to spread the results of the awareness raising campaigns and engage citizens and local administrators to increase the awareness raising on the critical aspects due to biomass burning for domestic heating, a crowdsourcing platform was created in order to give various stakeholders, especially citizens and local administrators, the possibility to share their direct experience, discuss challenges, find solutions and attract interest on the topic not only in Alpine regions but also in other areas where BB is commonly used. This report summarizes the results of debates on the crowdsourcing platform and potential innovative solutions that were gathered. 


D.T2.3.2 - Virtual discussion rooms to enable the exchange of experts on policy development

​“How can we promote the exchange of experts to discuss policies and cleaner technologies and a sustainable use of chimneys, oven and other private household wood based heating systems?” This question is asked by policy makers throughout the entire Alpine Region. Actually there exists no transnational virtual possibility to exchange across countries on the efficiency of regulations and financial support instruments and new technologies in the context of clean biomass burning. But not only on international level has this problem occurred. Even more in times of the corona pandemic we see a strong need to use virtual innovation and collaboration tools. Therefore we have defined three topics and set up virtual discussion rooms (VDR). The idea is that these technology and  platform can be used in the future to exchange and discuss on policy development and new technologies.