PROGRASS: Developing a holistic, interdisciplinary approach for an “Integrated Biomass and Carbon Management” – IBCM
While the RE-DIRECT project is nearing its end, there is still a lot of work ahead for many partners and numerous new stakeholders. In order to continue to pursue the findings from the project and the steps that have been started and to actually establish circular economies, several institutions have now come together as an association to continue to pursue this goal together even after RE-DIRECT:
PROGRASS – The European Network for a Circular Carbon Economy
In the aftermath of our successful conference in Baden Baden on 27.02.19 the local newspaper published an article on their website (in German) with the promising title “World-wide pilot project: Precious activated carbon from residual biomass”
In Baden-Baden, the first PYREG plant with steam activation has now been put into operation. With the brand new PYREG plant A500, the city wants to test various regional biomasses for activated carbon production as part of the EU research project RE-DIRECT (INTERREG North-West Europe NWE). The plant periphery is currently still under construction. The first material tests are already being carried out in parallel.
Participants of our RE-DIRECT conference will have the opportunity to visit the plant on 26.02.2019.
Migration and Climate Change are strong connected. Many people are dying in the Mediterranean as perspectives due to climate change are disappearing in Africa. Kebul from the Initiative “GreenUp1Million” from Gambia is in Bonn at the COP23 to enable necessary changes for stopping Climate Change.
Akajanga from the Victoria Lake Region is wondering how the effects of climate change like floods, irregular rain patterns and global warming are affecting our next generation. He thinks, that biomass and solar engery are very important for ending the use of fossil fuels that are responsible for a large scale of the climate change.
We were talking to Merwan from Morocco – a youth delegate of the young people climate summit COY13. He mentions a one month lasting festival in Morocco where uge amounts of coal are used for BBQs. Also products extracted from biomass could help stop the climate change – but one problem could be a missing availability in strong affect areas in the world.