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There are fertile conditions for obtaining bioenergy from hazelnut residues in Azerbaijan.

21 July 2022

  • The preliminary results of the evaluation of sustainable bioenergy options in the hazelnut value chain were presented within the framework of the "Catalysing the Efficiency and Sustainability of Azerbaijan’s Hazelnut Sector - HAZER" project.

The results of the research conducted within the framework of the topic "Results on the interaction and potential opportunities of bioenergy and hazelnut value chain" were presented to the public.

The studies were carried out with the project's international experts, Ana Kojakovic (Energy and Natural Resources expert) and Manas Puri (Sustainable Energy expert).

According to the report, it is stated that a large part of hazelnut shells and pruning residues that can be mobilized for bioenergy production is currently not productively used, and there are fertile conditions for the development of this process. The report predicts that in the next 5 years, the residues of hazelnut products from the currently available areas will be planted in several regions of Azerbaijan (Zagatala, Sheki, Khachmaz, Balaken, Gabala, Gakh, Ismayilli) will increase. In 2026, it is predicted that the residues from hazelnut pruning will increase from 35,784 tons to 45,866 tons per year, the resulting hazelnut pulp from 41,875 tons to 70,704 tons, and the hazelnut shell from 7,466 tons to 13,132 tons. Based on the preliminary results of the report, the information was presented to the interested parties, and the economic potential and socio-economic benefits of the available bioenergy will be further discussed. The final results of the analysis will be given to national stakeholders later this year.

Within the framework of the above mentioned component of the project, 2-day training sessions on "FAO Bioenergy and Food Safety Approach" were held. The approach consists of tools and guidance to support countries through the main stages of the bioenergy policy development and implementation process. Countries may decide to use specific components of the BEFS Approach depending on the level of bioenergy development, and the status of bioenergy policy formulation and implementation. Sustainable bioenergy issues in the hazelnut value chain were also discussed with the participation of representatives representing the private and public sectors in training.

The project, financed by the government of Azerbaijan, is implemented within the framework of the FAO-Azerbaijan Partnership Program.

There are fertile conditions for obtaining bioenergy from hazelnut residues in Azerbaijan.

Abdul Mustafazade

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