On 18th September, a workshop of the AGROinLOG Project was held in Zaragoza to gather information on the conditions for implementing the “Integrated Biomass Logistic Centres” (IBLC) in the agro-industries of the feed and fodder and vegetable oil sectors. This workshop was organised by partner Spanish Co-ops in collaboration with the Spanish Association of Alfalfa Manufacturers (AEFA) and Aragón Agri-food Cooperatives.
Professionals from different fields attended to the workshop: members and representatives of cooperatives, sector representatives, university staff, technicians from technology centres, manufacturers of industrial biomass solutions and companies interested in the implementation and development of biomass businesses. Members of the AGROinLOG Project participated as well, including APS, who presented their fodder demo case, and ZLC and CIRCE, who moderated two round table discussions. By means of a collaborative methodology (“World Café”), a series of topics were discussed through two clearly differentiated blocks of questions with different approaches.
In the first block, the participants discussed the conditions that should be met for professionals from various companies –both from the same sector and others– to decide to collaborate in the implementation of IBLCs, the agents that should participate in their activity and the necessary changes in legislation to facilitate their development.
The questions of the second block focused the debate on the biofuels and bioproducts to be generated in the IBLCs, depending on the raw materials and equipment available in each sector. On the other hand, it was also proposed to the attendees to gather ideas aimed at integrating the logistics of food and non-food production in this type of centers.
At the end of each block, the contributions made during the exchange of ideas were collected, synthesizing and reaching a consensus as far as possible on the following topics::
- Block I. Necessary conditions
- Block I. Involved agents
- Block I. Modifications to the regulation
- Block II. Biofuels (1), bioproducts (2) and ideas for integrating logistics (3)
These results are valuable information for the project and will be analyzed by AGROinLOG experts along with others obtained in similar workshops held in Greece, Sweden, Serbia and Ukraine to contrast their conclusions and determine the optimal conditions for implementation of IBLC’s.