210 representatives of the global bioenergy sector gathered today in Brussels to discuss the future of bioenergy at the 5th 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.
Jasmin Battista, Member of Cabinet of Commissioner Günther Oettinger opened the AEBIOM conference by mentioning that “biomass is a crucial part of the EU strategy towards 2020 and beyond”. Commissioner Günther Oettinger will propose to the Commission a report on biomass before summer, which will provide an updated technical guidance at EU level for assessing the supply chain related to GHG emissions of solid biomass. The EC does not intend to change the current rules on carbon neutrality of biomass used to meet the 2020, climate and energy target. The situation of sustainability will be revised in the framework of the 2030 discussions.
This year, the AEBIOM conference is giving a particular focus to the bioheat market which is experiencing a strong development, in particular through the use of pellets. According to Christian Rakos, President of the European Pellet Council “Wood pellets have been moving out of the niche and are now rapidly becoming an internationally traded energy commodity that offers great opportunities for Europe to reduce its fossil fuel imports, to significantly reduce the heating costs of European households and to contributing to greenhouse gas reduction at the same time”.
The first conference day has also brought an opportunity to continue the debate on the different uses of biomass and the cascading principle. The discussion between representatives from the paper industry, the bioenergy and forest sectors, 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 13th of May with presentations and debates on crucial topics like sustainability, support schemes, and bio-heat market trends.
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