EuroPruning project aims to be the take-off for an extensive utilisation of the agricultural prunings for energy in Europe. The project aims to the development of new improved logistics for pruning residues. This includes harvesting, transport and storage for agricultural prunings (fruit tree, vineyards and olive grove prunings and branches from up-rooted trees).
The potential of agricultural prunings in EU27 sums up to 25.2 Mt/yr. Nevertheless are not being utilised for energy purposes because of several constraints, being logistics the most important one. As compared to herbaceous crops, fields are more scattered in the territory and the size of plantations is smaller (which imply more complicated logistics), harvesting of prunings from the soil is complex in very dense plantations (distance between tress less than 1.7 m), and machinery cannot adapt to different crop layouts. Even though an important amount of prunings are being produced yearly, they are not introduced in the European biofuel market. From the current potential only 2% of the prunings are in the market.