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The Cluster of Bioeconomy and Environment of Western Macedonia (CluBE) is a non-profit company established among local actors and stakeholders of the Region of Western Macedonia, Greece. CluBE emerged in the early ’00’s from the continuous collaboration of regional players during previous projects. It started out as a bioenergy cluster but has steadily expanded to cover the entire bioeconomy and environment sector.

CluBE acts as a key facilitator to mobilise and connect the local stakeholders and population in research projects and initiatives, in order to reinforce green, smart and circular economy in the region and the neighbouring area. It supports Western Macedonia’s ongoing, extremely ambitious transition from being Greece’s foremost coal-producing region for half a century to becoming a model green region oriented towards innovative bioeconomy.

CluBE currently includes more than 40 members from the quintuple helix, including the Regional Authority, local municipalities, the University of Western Macedonia, research centres, municipal district heating companies, waste management companies, innovative SMEs in the field of bioeconomy, cooperatives, consultants and the local society.

Role in the project:

CluBE’s role in the BIOMODEL4REGIONS project is mostly focused on running a pilot in the Region of Western Macedonia and leading WP2: “Engagement of Stakeholders at regional level and set-up of the supporting governance structure”, as well as supporting all other project activities as required. The regional pilot focuses on addressing the entire supply chain of biomass, from both the forest and agriculture sector. Special focus will be given on production, storage and transportation of biomass. A pre-feasibility analysis for the development of a Biomass Trade Center as one possible solution could be undertaken. A Regional Committee and a Technical Group for Bio-based economy will be developed. In the context of WP2, CluBE will set up a Centralised Government Structure to coordinate the activities among the consortium partners and each pilot region, it will engage and mobilise bio-based stakeholders to participate in project activities and replicate the project results, and it will organise online workshops to collect needs from stakeholders involved in the 6 pilot regions.

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