Target Groups

2.Target Groups and Key Actors

The project targets all groups and persons “around” the use of gaseous fuels produced from energy plants and agricultural residues for power generation, heating and cooling. These are producers, distributors/sellers and users of these energy sources on one hand and all groups having any influence on the processes, supply-chains and market structures on the other hand. The most important target groups are:

  1. Gas companies, like natural gas grid owners, operators and gas suppliers
  2. National organized and trans-national acting branch decision makers, representing a lot of entities in their country
  3. Policy decision-makers in the participating countries and EU-wide
  4. Environmental organisations, biogas producers, agricultural companies
  5. Professional disseminators and multipliers such as energy agencies
  6. Users from diverse branches (agriculture, gas industry, energy industry)

Last but not least, the project participants themselves are an essential target group of the project and its results. Using the project results, they will be able to act more effective than before for the realization of the project main target – increasing the utilisation of biogas from RES for heating and cooling EU-wide. Not only the dissemination of the project results outside the project is important, but also the same inside the project team. Recognizing the importance to involve the highest possible number of target group representatives into the project, the consortiums composition was planned at first and realized in the stage of preparing the proposal. The most important target groups are represented by the project partners as follows: Target group 1 DVGW, INIG Target group 2 DVGW Target group 4 FEE, BTG, CRES, DBI Target group 5 FEE, MAES, ETE, EAV, CRES Target group 6 DBI Other representatives of target groups were involved in the preparation of the proposal REDUBAR. Four partners have already contractual connections with target groups-representatives on the basis of “Letters of Interest” (LOI). Such connections will be constructed by all partners in all countries as soon as possible during the project time. The national LOI-networks will be connected in the project frame (all partner countries) and – if possible - during the project time, but sure in the after-project-period. To involve the first target group as the main group of market actors, all partners are appealed to involve their local natural gas association and or national gas companies. The Partner DVGW is the German natural gas association with more than 700 gas companies as members. The DVGW has excellent connections to other European gas associations. The DVGW is also active member in the biogas steering group of MARCOGAZ (Technical Association of the European Natural Gas Industry). Some LOI partners and some other target group’s representatives will be connected in a project advisory committee. Their task is to control and to prove the practical relevance of the project outcomes over the project time. They are free to take part in project meetings and/or using any reports, intermediate results and other outcomes/deliverables of the work packages. The main focus of the network and advisory committee activities will be to enable the partners from both parties to own and to benefit from the project activities and - step by step - from its results. During this process, they will take forward the project outcomes by engaging strong into the project. They will be together with the project partners the main players for multiplying the project results for a broader EU-wide dissemination and use. The continuous feedback from the target group’s representatives, the LOI-partners and the project advisory committee is the main indicator of their active co-operation. To control it will be one of the objectives of the success control plan. Key actors can be only actors, which are

  • Operating in a project relevant key position
  • Well-experienced concerning the project objectives and target

Recognizing this, the key actors and target groups cannot be separated. Key actors will be persons, bodies, organisations having the above mentioned position and experience. In this manner, key actors will be in the most cases representatives from the target groups, for example also project partners. The management-related way to get the “best value for money” from the key actors was and is the same as for target groups:

  • Involving into the preparation of the proposal
  • LOI-partnership
  • Involving into the project work packages
  • Membership in the advisory committee
  • Taking part in project meetings and workshops
  • Reviewing reports and intermediate results
  • Owning and benefiting the other outcomes and deliverables
  • Involving into the dissemination activities