December 04, 2014 – Today, the European Biomass Association launched the new “Biomass Counts” campaign (www.biomasscounts.eu), an initiative that seeks to balance the current debates on biomass by showcasing the reasons why sustainable biomass counts in the EU policy debate.
Biomass is essential when it comes to the EU’s energy security, affordability and sustainability priorities. Our objective is to deliver the clear message that biomass plays a unique role in a strong and competitive low carbon economy. Biomass is and will continue to be a vital component of our energy mix in the mid and long term.
The campaign is based around 4 main motives:
- as a component of our future energy mix;
- for the alleviation of our fossil fuel energy dependency
- for the creation of jobs and the fostering of growth rural areas
- in tackling energy poverty and improving economic competitiveness
The campaign also focuses on what is needed by the bioenergy industry in order to guarantee the continued growth of the bioenergy sector. This includes, among other things, the need for an EU strategy or action plan focused on the heating and cooling sector and the defining of EU harmonised legally binding EU sustainability criteria.
More facts and figures on the benefits of biomass and the solutions provided by the bioenergy industry can be found on the Biomass Counts platform: www.biomasscounts.eu