Strategic / International

TV Energy is involved with many different international projects across Europe and the rest of the world. In particular, TV Energy works in conjunction with the European Commission and the IEA (International Energy Agency) helping to advise on and promote renewable energy solutions.

International Energy AgencyIEA-Task 29

Task 29 is an ongoing initiative and has been in existence since January 2000. The most recent programme commenced in 2010 and will end in 2012. The initiative forms a part of the Bioenergy Implementing Agreement of the International Energy Agency and focuses its activities specifically on ‘Socio-Economic Drivers in Implementing Bioenergy Projects’.

The overall aim of Task 29 is to promote the use of biomass for energy in participating countries and world-wide by gaining a better understanding of the social and economic drivers and impacts of Bioenergy systems, at local, regional, national, and international levels. To this end the Task aims to identify and quantify the socio-economic and environmental impacts of Bioenergy production systems. In particular, the Task is seeking to investigate the effects of Bioenergy production and consumption – both feedstock production and energy conversion – on the surrounding economic (financial, local industry creation, infrastructure development, regional value added, etc.), social (employment, education, health, etc.), and environmental climate. The participating countries in the 2010 -2012 programme are Canada, Croatia, Germany, Norway and United Kingdom. Austria is also active within the team. For more information on Task 29 see:

Wood Heat solutionsWood Heat solutions

TV Energy is a lead partner within this European initiative to investigate and promote the greater use of wood fuel within the south east of England, Slovenia and Croatia. TVE works closely with the project coordinator, the Forestry Commission. As a key part of this project, TVE has recently been involved with running a series of wood heat solutions seminars illustrated by using exemplar facilities drawn from other participants based in Finland and Austria.

The project has been running since October 2008 and will be completed in 2011. The project in particular addresses the barriers caused by insufficient co-operation between organisations in the supply chain, distribution and use, Information and training within the agricultural and forestry sector is therefore a priority coupled with raising public awareness among decision-makers. Three important aims of Wood Heat Solutions is to firstly to mobilise the large biomass potential from fragmented privately owned forests and from agricultural land by increasing the co-operation among farmers and forest owners. Secondly, it aims to integrate the agricultural and forestry sector into the energy market as a raw material supplier (e.g. wood chips) or as an energy supplier (e.g. bioheat). Finally, WHs aims to stimulate national and international exchange of experience and knowledge transfer.  To get more information on this project please see:


The central focus of this project is to promote the use of biomass and solar heat in both public and private sector buildings via an ESCo (Energy Services Company) approach. The project has been running since June 2008 and will run until June 2011. Participating countries include UK (TV Energy and the University of Reading), Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Greece and Italy. The project is coordinated by Finland. TVE works closely with Reading BC on one particular project that is the focus of UK activity. For more information see:

Renewable energy services: the future challenge conference

The renewable Energy Services: the future challenge conference took place on the 5th May 2011 at the University of Reading, UK and was grounded on research carried out over the last three years by the Bio-Sol-ESCo project. The conference focused on the use of energy service companies (ESCos) as a way to increase the uptake of biomass and solar heat projects in larger buildings in the public and private sector and speakers expressed the potential success in existing and emerging technologies in a number of countries. The presenters also considered the challenge of implementing renewable energy solutions in Europe. Through this the important issue of how to expand biomass and solar heating in public and private buildings through the energy services approach was raised and discussed. The results that were established during the conference will have widespread acceptability throughout Europe. For more information and to view the presentations given at this conference please visit:


The LoCUS project is a European project which seeks to deliver meaningful reductions of CO2through amongst other things, encouraging the uptake of renewable energy technology on business premises. It is a 3 year programme ending in December 2012. The project seeks to bring landlords and SMEs (small and medium enterprises) together to achieve benefits on both sides. The project is working with landlords and SMEs in Berkshire, Oxfordshire and the Medway andfocuses on developing 'clusters' of SMEs and Landlords by working with them to reduce carbon and their ecological footprint.  The strategic and delivery partnership for LoCUS includes the following members: TVE is examining the technical options open to both landlords and tenants to implement renewable energy solutions on business parks and buildings.

  • Reading Borough Council - delivery (lead)
  • University of Reading
  • TV Energy Ltd
  • Oxfordshire County Council
  • South Oxfordshire District Council
  • CEAC
  • SECBE (Corporate Environmental Advisory Centre)
  • Wokingham Borough Council
  • Bracknell Forest Council
  • Slough Borough Council
  • West Berkshire Council
  • RBWM
  • Basingstokeand Deane Borough Council
  • Medway Council
  • Pathways to Zero Waste (PTZW)
  • Waste Reduction Group (WRG)

For more information on this project see:

International partners:

  • International Energy Agency (IEA)
  • European commission (EC)
  • Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI)
  • North West Croatia Regional Energy Agency (REGEA)

Regional data

TV Energy has produced a number of studies and strategies on renewable energy on behalf of three regional organisations, namely the South East England Partnership Board (SEEPB), the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) and the Government Office for the South East (GOSE) as well as other agencies including the Environment Agency.

These studies are listed below:

South East England Partnership Board

  • Annual Monitoring Report Executive summary and policy 2009
  • Regional Monitoring report Executive summary and policy 2008
  • Renewable and Decentralised Energy potential in South East England (PDF here)
  • Renewable and Decentralised Energy potential in South East England Appendices (PDF here)
  • Decentralised and Renewable Energy workshop
    • Introduction to CHP and DH in South East 
    • CHP delivery mechanisms
    • Applying the DECC methodology in the South East
    • Methodology and findings continued
    • Heat mapping and identification of opportunity CHP and DH in South East
    • Scenarios
  • Renewable Energy Target Review
  • Assessing the potential for CHP and DH in South East England

Government Office for the South East

  • The South East Plan

South East England Regional Assembly

  • Regional monitoring report 2002
  • Regional monitoring report 2003
  • Regional monitoring report 2004
  • Regional monitoring report 2005
  • Regional monitoring report 2006
  • Regional monitoring report 2007

Statistics and targets

  • To come
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Woodheat Solutions

Visit the Wood Heat Solutions web-site - a European project providing training and information about community scale heating with biomass.

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