ZEFFIROS

Zero‐waste energy‐efficient agricultural communities in the

Greece - Republic of North Macedonia cross‐border area



PROJECT ACTIVITIES

  • REVIEWING POLICIES & REGULATIONS
  • IDENTIFYING BEST PRACTICES
  • SETTING SPECIFICATIONS FOR COMPOST USE
  • DEFINING VALUE CHAINS FOR BIOGAS UNIT OPERATION
  • IMPLEMENTING 2 BIOGAS PILOTS & 2 COMPOST PILOTS
  • RAISING AWARENESS
  • BUILDING CAPACITIES ON ZERO-WASTE PRACTICES
  • DEVELOPING BIOGAS BUSINESS MODELS
  • MAKING OPERATIONAL PLANS FOR BIOGAS UNITS
  • DEVELOPING GUIDELINES FOR COMMUNITY PROJECTS
  • PLANNING SCALE-UP & GOOD PRACTICE TRANSFER

LOCAL ORGANISATIONS FROM SERRES AND DOJRAN WORK TOGETHER TO ...

  • Implement two pilot biogas installations in the cross-border area (a 40KW unit in Serres, Greece and a 10KW unit in Dojran, Republic of North Macedonia) to study operation flow and productivity with different biowaste mix (e.g. rotten potatoes, slaughterhouse waste, manure, dairy waste, etc.)
  • Solve energy consumption problems or decrease energy supply costs to support rural development (e.g. water pumping for remote rural areas, electricity/heating needs for municipal buildings)
  • Develop a complete business value chain and an operational model for each pilot unit to continue operation after the project ends
  • Train farmers, animal breeders and other food processing professionals to reap the benefits of the circular economy
  • Guide towards certification to promote the use of by-product compost as a fertilizer
  • Raise awareness and change citizens' attitudes by running neighbourhood-bin compost pilots promoting compost production in urban and suburban areas.

OUR SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES ARE TO ...

  1. Demonstrate sustainable deployment and operation of municipal biogas installations
  2. Raise awareness and change behavioral patterns and pilot home compost initiative
  3. Build capacities on bio-waste management and circular economy
  4. Provide exploitation strategy and plan for further municipal investments in biogas waste management solutions

CHECK OUT OUR MAIN OUTPUTS

  • Operational plan for both units defining business, governance and operation model
  • Awareness raising and pilot demonstration campaign (1 awareness and 1 pilot launch event in each side)
  • Framework analysis of local legislation or planning and EU policies in the domain
  • C&D material to maximize impact (e.g. website, newsletters, social media, videos, interviews)
  • Multi-language training materials and delivery of capacity building workshops for public staff, agri-professionals, general public and school teachers
  • Exploitation and scale-up plan to propose investment in demonstrated technologies in the CB region and beyond;
  • Certification process preparation to promote use of compost for municipal agri-purposes
  • Technical specifications for pilot units and tested solutions

WORK PACKAGES

WP1: Project Management & Coordination

WP2: Communication & Dissemination

WP3: Analysis, Certification and Technical Specifications Development

WP4: Awareness Raising and Capacity Building

WP5: Pilot Implementation & Sustainability