Questionnaire for Value chains - Prunings and Plantation Removal
Value chains : Prime mover and Main Characteristics
Stakeholder Type
Agrarian Cooperative
Public Institution
Final Consumer
Farmer Association
Agro Industry
Pellet Producer
Biomass Supplier


Location of Prime Mover

Municipality :
Villafranca del Penedés

Latitude :

Longitude :

Type of Residue used in value chain
Plantation Removal

Crop Species used in Value Chain




Typical APPR biomass production (tonnes/year)

Start Date of the APPR value chain (Month-Year)
Key success Factors in Value Chain
Keys of successSelect the key success factors of your value chain in scale 0-3. Then indicate the 3 most crucial factors.

Check as many as apply
Factor Group Description Check the influence in success:(0)-Not relevant;(1)-May have influenced;(2)-Important for success;(3)It was crucial;(?)-Unknown Check the 3 most crucial factors in WHOLE table
0 1 2 3 ?
There was an important effort in determing the feasibility and planning prior starting the business
The implementation of the chain considered the target consumers and their quality requirements
The implementation of the chain considered the target consumers and their quality requirements
Product Quality
Biomass was labelled or certified according to existing standards
The quality of the biomass product is object of an assurance process
Permanent crop plantations are quite extended. The use of the agrarian residues for biomass was regarded by community as quite beneficial
There was an intense information campaign to promote social acceptance
Argarian residues utilisation for energy was subject of debate by policy makers and/or by social groups in months, or years before the investment was done
There was already a mature market of biomass
There was a shortage of usual biomass resources
There was a high increase of biomass demand (e.g. new power plants opened, increase og household biomass heating)
The price of biomass locally rose, and made biomass residues of economic interest
Target biomass market was stable and secure
Local Capacities
There was a recent reconversion of a sector (mining, metal industry etc.) leading to a high need of re-orientate economic activities. Biomass was one of the targeted new economic activities
There was already service companies/persons with capacities to start new biomass chains on prunings/plantation removal
There was a campaign of information for biomass procurement
Pruning and/or agricultural residues were quite an issue in the course
Pruning Management
The management of the pruning/plantation removal is recognised to be expensive. Farmers found pruning for energy a good idea
There were already experiences in mobilisation/treatment of prunings/plantation removal (pilot experience etc.)
The high density of permanent crops plantations in the area
There is strict regulation making compulsory treatment/management of the residues
Lobbying of stakeholder groups caused policy makers to promote changes in regulation
The subject of argarian residues for energy was subject of new supporting measures
Enviromental regulations placed funds for subsidising partly pruning/plantation removal collection
The biomass consumption sector leading to pruning/plantation removal utilisation was subject of recent support for expansion
Availability of financial support (loan guarantees, green banks, etc.)
There was a combined initiative supported for LIFE (or equicalent) programs (for GHG reduction, for improving competitiveness, etc.)
There were published plans and/or roadmaps for biomass utilisation (including pruning/plantation removal utilisation)
There were clear objectives in mind of policy makers for utilisation of pruning or argarian residues
Existence of public initiative as pioneer in pruning/plantation removal utilisation leading to investment in public infrastructure (e.g. private/public consortium to use pruning for heating in public schools)
There were special taxation for the pruning/biomass (or agricultural residue) utilisation
There was a public media campaign to boost utilisation of prunings/biomass (e.g. in common by various city councils, or various countries)
The use of pruning/plantation removal was integrated with other enviromental/public strategies (e.g. landscaping conservation of vineyar scenery)
There was a ban to burn agricultural residues by open fires
Logistics Chain
There were pre-existent collaborations established between farmers sector and biomass cosumers/traders
The introduction of new technologies (machine, handling systems, logistic chain) supported the implementation of new chains
Private investment for entepreneurs was incentivised

Short summary of the initiative (<100 words)
Bodegas Torres has already started years ago (from 2006) a "decarbonisation" of the winery (named Torres & Earth program) by applying measures of energy efficiency and by prioritizing of biomass to cover the energy demands of the winery. Inside of this last measure, they have installed a biomass boiler fed with vineyard prunings (besides others biomass) in order to produce 4,000 kg/h of steam (equal of 2600 kW of thermal energy) to cover the cold (with an absorption equipment) and heat demands of the winery. As regards the value chain, farmers are in charge of the pruning operations and the preparation of the branches, while a service company is responsible of the overall logistics (collect, shred, store and transport to Bodegas Torres).

Actors and Roles in Value Chain

Fuel Specifications
Final form of Biomass prior to Exploitation
Bales of branches
Wood chips
Hog fuel-shredded

Max Content of Moisture (% a.r.)
Value Chain Details and Prices of fuels
Industrial heating
Public-private buildings
Distributed heat networks
Biomass to Market

Distance between biomass production and its final use (km)

Storage options

On-farm storage

Intermediate storage prior transporting to end user

Direct delivery and storage at final user

No storage

Ownership of the APPR harvesting machinery
Farmer's community
3rd party-private

Agro service company

Prices of fuels sold to final consumers

Price of APPR biomass (€/t)
55 - 65 €/t

Price of regular woodchips (€/t)

Price of ENPLUS pellets (bulk-€/t)

Price of domestinc heating gasoil (€/l)

Contact Data
Company/Organisation :
Bodegas Torres

Website (of the company or the APPR initiative) :

Country :


References-External links:Provide references on which the information is based on or highlight any comments

The following are the main keys that have allowed the initiative to be implemented and be
- A huge potential of vineyards around Villafranca del Penedés
- An agroservice compnay established in the area with properly machinary and 
with contact with farmers 
- Tangible benefits: Savings in energy demands (around 10-12 % of consumption) 
and economic savings for using biomass
- Intangible benefits: Avoid pet risks, avoid fire risk, reduce CO2 --> increase the image of
sustainable business

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 691748