SYSTEMIC is a project funded under the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation H2020 for the period 2017-2021.

It recognizes Europe’s challenge to tackle the increasing resources constraint and to facilitate the transition towards a more circular economy, and addresses these needs by identifying systemic innovation approaches to recover and recycle valuable mineral components from organic waste streams and to integrate them optimally into a local or regional circular economy. This will be done through:

Effective combination of anaerobic digestion with novel nutrient recovery technologies for fertilizer production.  It aspires to demonstrate economically viable Circular Economy business cases for nutrient recovery and recycling from biowaste. The effective combination will be demonstrated in five Demonstration Plants.

Development enhanced Circular Economy business models. Utilising existing business cases and logistic chains as a starting point, SYSTEMIC will develop enhanced Circular Economy business models and will demonstrate their commercial viability.

Creation of a roadmap to facilitate solutions for biowaste in the EU. 
Emerging innovation barriers will be encountered along this process and addressed in Innovation Deals and policy recommendations.

The SYSTEMIC consortium includes 15 partners from 7 EU member states.

EBA will be assisting as a partner in 3 work programmes:

  • Business case innovation: provide evidence that nutrient recovery and recycling (NRR) can make the difference between a subsidy depending and a profitable rural Anaerobic Digestion (AD) business.
    We will assist in the set-up of five innovative business cases demonstrating the commercial viability of sustainable conversion of agricultural waste biomass to energy and concentrated organic and mineral fertilizers by AD and NRR. This will be done by:

    • Providing a framework for the evaluation of the plants that have been designed in very different national regulatory and economic conditions;
    • Evaluating the five business cases of the five large demonstration plants;
    • Developing commercial KPI’s from factors that are identified to have a crucial influence on the economic success or failure of agricultural AD and NRR facilities;
    • Developing a business model.
  • SYSTEMIC innovation at the European scale: to transfer the gathered knowledge towards other EU outreach locations, and to support innovative technology implementation to accelerate the roll-out of the project to increase a sustainable transition.
    We will be implicated in:

    • The selection of 10 outreach locations based on their innovativeness and ability to rapidly implement the newly developed business cases.
    • Market research in the regions where outreach locations are operating. This action will result in the formulation of concrete business opportunities for the ten outreach locations in terms of combinations of NRR technologies and products, cost-and benefits, implementation strategies and potential legislative barriers.
    • The development of a quantitative Excel tool for supporting cost- benefit analysis (CBA) and the selection of technology combinations. The objective of the tool is to forecast the costs and performances for selected technology combinations that can be implemented in the outreach locations.
    • The development of the Business Planning package (compilation of information from different tasks) and the application of it on the ten outreach locations.
  • The synthesis and dissemination: ensure a continuous knowledge exchange and transfer of project outcomes with interested stakeholders beyond the consortium.

Biogas Action

Biogas Action aims to serve as vehicle for the development of the European biogas FINAL LOGO sector and to increase the biogas and biomethane production in the European Union, by focusing on removing the non-technical barrirs to contribute to creating better frameworks for the widespread production of biogas and biomethane, in line with the EU 2020 targets.

The Biogas Action consortium consists of 13 partners from 10 countries and strives to promote the production of sustainable biogas throughout the European Union, especially by exchanging best practice, creating new business models, and increasing investments in biogas production. The project will undertake the following actions:

  • Identify and disseminate proven support strategies and guidelines, to fulfil the potential for biogas and biomethane development in Europe.
  • Define and implement a specific biogas/biomethane intervention strategy in each target country/region.
  • Exchange knowledge and experience within and beyond the target areas and the project life time.

Project duration: January 2016 – December 2018

EBA’s role

EBA will take the lead in 2 work programmes:

  • Tool for successful regional biogas initiatives and deployment: compilation of comprehensive guidelines on how to fulfill the potential for biogas and biomethane development in Europe, based on proven support strategies.
  • Dissemination & Communication: disseminating the activities and results of the project, spread the knowledge in the European background and communicate to the key target groups along with the general public.


BIOSURF is an EU-funded project under the Horizon 2020 programme for research, technological development and demonstration. BIOSURF corresponds to the Call “Competitive Low-Carbon Energy (LCE) 14: Market uptake of existing and emerging sustainable Bioenergy” under the “Work Program 2014-2015 on Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy.” This Coordination and Support Action has a duration of three years, from January 2015 till December 2017.

The BIOSURF consortium consists of 11 partners from 7 countries and strives to increase the production and use of biomethane (from animal waste, other waste materials and sustainable biomass), for grid injection and as transport fuel, by removing non-technical barriers and by paving the way towards a European biomethane market. BIOSURF intends:

  • To develop a value chain analysis from production to use depending on the territorial, physical and economic features (specified for different areas, i.e., biofuel for transport, electricity generation, heating & cooling);
  • To analyze, compare and promote biomethane registering, labelling, certification and trade practices in Europe, in order to favor cooperation among the different countries and across border markets on the basis of the partner countries involved;
  • To address traceability, environmental criteria and quality standards, so aiming to reduce GHG emissions and indirect land-use change (iLUC), to preserver biodiversity and to assess the energy and CO2 balance;
  • To identify the most prominent drivers for CO2-emissions along the value chain as an input for future optimization approaches; and
  • To exchange information and best practices all along Europe concerning biomethane policy, regulations, support schemes and technical standards.

Project duration: January 2015 – December 2017

EBA’s role

EBA will take the lead in 3 work programmes, namely:

  • Biomethane trade: clearing the way for free cross-border biomethane trade all over Europe by creating national/domestic biomethane registries, cooperation among those, developing a mass-balancing system for biomethane, introduction of tradable biomethane certificates and biomethane standards
  • Impact analysis and policy dimension: all major political topics relevant to the future development of biomethane production and biomethane trade, studying existing policy schemes and evaluating possible extension of these policies.
  • Dissemination, exploitation and communication: disseminating the activities and results of the project, spread the knowledge in the European background and communicate to the key target groups along with the general public.


The objective is to elaborate a solid information base on FaB (Food and Beverage) waste utilisation for biogas production and to prove the efficiency and feasibility of FaB waste-based biogas implementation projects. During 30 months of the project partners will:

  • Set-up national contact points in FaB associations in all partner countries
  • Organise awareness raising events for FaB
  • Identify potentials for using FaB waste
  • Compile a complete set of tools and guidelines, facilitating cooperation between FaB industry, biogas sector and lawmakers all over Europe.

Project duration: 04/2013 – 10/2015

EBA’s role

  • EBA will prepare an International Handbook  “Biogas production in Food and Beverage Industry”, describing status of biogas production in partner countries, status of R&D projects on this topic, best practice examples and the most promising FaB industry branches.
  • Information on the national legal frameworks on green energy production and information on already known barriers in biogas production
  • To assists the FaB associations for detailed questions arising during the advisory services
  • To organize workshops and seminars for FaB industry



European Sustainable Biofuels Forum – founded in 2012 – is a single organisation grouping the European biofuels producers and policy actors under one single umbrella in order to address common issues and promote the development of alternative fuels. ESBF gathers organisations from the biodiesel, algae and biogas sectors as well major stakeholders from the bioethanol industry.

EBA’s role in the project is to deliver and to spread out extensive information on biomethane as a fuel.

Project duration: 09/2012 – 03/2015



Goal of the project is to get a strategic approach to boost biomethane markets, aiming at an increased biomethane production and injection into gas grid. Main actions are:

  • Find solutions to market barriers
  • Bring together potential business partners
  • Hands-on know-how transfer to “starter” countries
  • Promotion of biomethane projects in countries with high potential but few activities

Project duration: June 2011 – June 2014

EBA’s role

EBA leads two Working Packages: Trade and Technical standards and contributes to other tasks of the project such as workshops and publications.

WP: Trade

Objective of the package is to develop a roadmap to create a European trade scheme, to improve transparency for biomethane markets/certificates and to share experience.

Latest results of the WP:

 WP: Technical standards

The WP focuses on technical standards applied to biomethane injected into the gas grid, with specific uncertainty related to calorific value, oxygen and components such as siloxanes.


Project duration: 05/2010 – 10/2012

BiogasIN aimed at creation of sustainable biogas market in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE): Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Latvia, Romania and Slovenia. Core objective of the project was to reduce framework barriers for biogas projects in CEE: high administrative barriers both during the permitting and the financing phases.