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The Development of Regional Biomass Action Plans of the Russian Federation

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This document describes a detailed survey of specific issues: the rationale, objectives, methodology, organization and expected results of a project activity that aims to develop Regional Biomass Action Plans in the regions of the Russian Federation within the framework of the UNECE project ‘Development of Sustainable Biomass Trade and Export Opportunities from Selected Regions of the Russian Federation’. It consists of five chapters which: 1) gives an overview of the content; 2) describes the organization, goal and scope of the current UNECE biomass project; 3) identifies the development of federal policies towards biomass use in Russia; 4) reflects the importance, goals and content of the biomass action plans; and 5) gives information and a number of recommendations regarding how the action plans should be developed.

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Introduction

Energy demand can be expected to increase worldwide, while traditional, fossil fuels are becoming increasingly scarce and more costly to extract. In addition to the depletion of fossil fuels, growing environmental concerns with regard to the security and stability of energy production have contributed to a growing demand for renewable energy. Biomass is considered an important pillar in addressing these concerns and meeting future energy demand. In the long term, a new global market of renewable energy carriers derived from biomass will emerge. Certain countries will arise as net exporters of renewable energy, others as net importers. It is inevitable that major power shifts in the energy sector will take place.

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