Vilafranca del Penedès is responsible for the Vineyards Heat project with Life program supported by the European Commission.
The aim is to promote the use of leftover biomass from vine pruning of the Penedès to generate decentralized bioenergy, by reducing CO2 emissions, bringing down energy bills and creating work places by implementing the virtuous Circle of Vine (VVC).
The VVC makes profit of vineyards pruning to generate heat and cold for wineries. This VVC involves all actors of the biomass value chain: biomass suppliers from vineyards, collectors of biomass, and consumers of energy, with the supervision of an institutional guarantor: the municipality of Vilafranca.
Thus, the project aims to demonstrate the feasibility of the Virtuous Circle of Vine as local strategy to mitigate the effects of climate change, while allowing the wine sector companies and cava be more competitive by helping to achieve low carbon emission economy area and high added value in the the DO Penedès region.
Combining innovative techniques and genetic for a sustainable European wine industry, this is the objective of the InnoVine European collaborative project financed by the European Union. From 2013 to 2016, a consortium of 27 partners involved more than 100 researchers and wine producers from 7 European countries. Theirs results will be presented during the project final symposiumon 16 and 17 November 2016 in Toulouse, France.