The BISYPLAN project aims to produce a handbook which can be used as a reference and resource by those seeking to develop bioenergy projects in their regions. The handbook aims to provide guidance for anyone who need not understand all the fundamental aspects of biomass-based energy systems but who needs a conceptual and overall understanding. Target groups are those who are involved in planning, who take strategic decisions andwho are involved in the procurement process, but who feels inferior to the consultants and suppliers during the process. The handbook aims to explain the underlying logics and properties that make biomass-based energy systems different from fossil-fuel based energy systems. The handbook aims to remove some of the most common misunderstandings still prevalent among many people who have no extensive experience of biomass-for-energy and hence to promote the installation of new biomass-based energy installations worldwide. The purpose of this presentation is to present the contents of the handbook and disseminate its existence. The handbook, which is available in four languages (English, Italian, Estonian and Greek) is based on a tabular structure, with facilitate its reading along horizontal sections divided by biomass type (lingo-cellulosic, herbaceous, putrescible, other) and vertical sections dealing with fundamental aspects of bioenergy systems (resources, logistics, conversion, economics). The BISYPLAN handbook is available on-line for free and is expected to to increase the number of bioenergy projects that produce truly positive and sustainable results for local communities.

Keywords: bioenergy, resources, supply chain, conversiontechnology, economics, regional policy.