TWECOM sustainably rejuvenates hedges for local energy production. Giving these landscapeelements an economic value is the best way to preserve our natural and cultural inheritance.
The TWECOM project wants to sustainably valorize the up till now unused biomass from landscape elements for heat and energy production on a local scale. Landscape elements like hedgerows had an economic function in the past and are typical for a large part of NW-Europe.
In the 20th century this economic use disappeared. As a result, the quality and quantity of landscape elements receded in many regions. Because landscape elements also have ecological (biodiversity) and social (recreation, regional identity) functions, efforts for landscape management were set up. Unfortunately, this is quite expensive and not sustainable on a long term basis, as subsidies are not guaranteed in the future.
The TWECOM-project wants to revalorize the biomass from landscape elements in an economically feasible way, with respect for ecological and social functions.
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TWECOM receives European Regional Development Funding through INTERREG IVB NWE - www.nweurope.eu