In his list of five key priorities for the European Union, Commission’s President Jean-Claude Juncker expressed his willingness to make the EU the world’s number one player in renewable energies. In order to achieve this goal, the bioenergy sector will have to play a leading role. Today, bioenergy accounts for more than 50% of EU renewable energy consumption. Heat and electricity from biomass amounted to around 85,5 Mtoe in 2012 and will amount to 110 Mtoe in 2020 according to member states’ projections. This share is expected to be maintained in 2020, contributing to half of the EU targets regarding both emission reductions and renewable energy share of gross final energy consumption.
In this context, it will not be possible to reach the EU’s 2030 and 2050 climate and energy objectives without relying on bioenergy to a greater extent. Beside this unique role in the future European energy mix, biomass also offers considerable advantages when it comes to the EU’s energy security, affordability and sustainability priorities.
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