AEBIOM Bioenergy Conference

Bioenergy needed to contribute to 2030 EU climate and energy objectives

150 representatives of the global bioenergy sector gathered today in Brussels to discuss the future of bioenergy at the 6th AEBIOM Bioenergy Conference, major event to address the opportunities and challenges of biomass developments in Europe.

The AEBIOM conference is a great opportunity to understand the EU challenges and opportunities related to the current and future bioenergy developments. “Not only biomass will contribute to 50% of the EU 2020 renewable energy target, but it will also play a major role in the revitalization of our economy and in jobs creation” said Jean-Marc Jossart, Secretary General of AEBIOM.

Marie Donnelly, Director of Renewables, Research and Innovation and Energy Efficiency at the European Commission’s DG Energy, opened the conference and confirmed that the potential of biomass is greater than what we have achieved so far. She also mentioned that biomass is one of our own resource and we should maximize its use to improve our energy security.

This year, the AEBIOM conference is giving a particular focus to the role of bioenergy beyond 2020 and its place within the 2030 climate and energy framework. According to Giulio Volpi, Policy Officer from the Renewable Energy Unit at the European Commission, DG Energy, bioenery will have a clear role beyond 2020, especially in industrial sector (high temperature heat) and long distance transport.

The first conference day has also brought an opportunity to continue the debate on the strategic role of biomass in reducing dependence on fossil fuels imports and the most recent European initiatives regarding energy security. The discussion between representatives from the bioenergy industry, NGOs and the academic world showed that this issue is complex and controversial with different views on the way forward. Discussions will continue on Tuesday 05th of May with presentations and debates on crucial topics like sustainability and air emissions.

The first day of the conference ended in celebrating AEBIOM’s 25th Anniversary. See here the video that recaps AEBIOM activities and efforts in developing the bioenergy market in Europe.

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