ARBOR’s mission was to foster and accelerate sustainable development and use of biomass in North West Europe, to facilitate the achievement of 2020 energy objectives and to make EU a world-class centre for biomass utilisation.


  • Foster transregional knowledge sharing to exploit the biomass potential of both the rural and the industrialised North West European (NWE) regions through promotion of best practice examples.
  • Reduce territorial disparities in regulations and policies to stimulate the development of an harmonised biomass based renewable energy policy.
  • Reduce technological barriers to the development of an efficient value chain for the conversion and optimisation of biomass to energy and subsequent recovery of residues from biomass conversion processes.
  • Evaluate the sustainability and economic aspects of various biomass conversion technologies.
  • Boost local economies and contribute to the development of a green, low carbon economy in NWE.
  • Inform local, regional and European stakeholders on the potential of biomass feedstock and biomass conversion technologies in achievement of the EU 2020 renewable energy targets.
  • Raise public support through a range of communication tools and activities.

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  • CRP - Henri Tudor
  • DLV - Plant
  • FlandersBio
  • Ghent University
  • Inagro
  • Innova Energy
  • Izes
  • POM West-Vlaanderen
  • Provincie Utrecht
  • Staffordshire University
  • Stoke-on-Trent City Council
  • University College Dublin
  • VCM
  • Wageningen University