The “Burning Issue” – When anti-bioenergy communication goes bad

“The Burning Issue: – When bioenergy goes bad” is the sensationalist title of the latest film released by Brussels-based NGOs BirdLife Europe and Transport & Environment. The release was supported by a significant marketing effort, including trailers that featured an arsenal of rhetorical statements to the backdrop of epic music. As is often the case with such teasers, the movie fell short … Read More

You now have free access to this Bioheat Profitability Assessment Tool

The Austrian Energy Agency (AEA), partner with AEBIOM in the H2020 Bioenergy4Business project , has developed an innovative, free-of-charge Bioheat Profitability Assessment Tool for the examination and comparison of investments in biomass-heating and equivalent fossil fuelled systems, for mid-scale production of low temperature space and domestic hot water as well as process heat. The novelty of this tool is that it includes country-specific … Read More

Graz Declaration – The role of bioenergy in Europe after COP21

Europe has a specific responsibility to lead the way to a fossil free society. Technologies, know how, experience, capital, potential and positive examples are available as on no other continent. With a successful climate policy Europe could urge other continents to follow the European Example. Without European leadership no other continent will take the lead to implement COP 21 targets … Read More

Agricultural Biomass and Energy Crops: outgrowing the impasse

This is a key moment at EU level for bioenergy, including Agricultural Biomass and Energy Crops. The publication of the Clean Energy Package and the impending reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) beyond 2020 offer an unprecedented window of opportunity. Agricultural Biomass and Energy Crops have been thoroughly studied, researched and developed over the past 20 years. Their environmental, … Read More

PR – Bioenergy Sustainability Criteria Finally Gain Clarity

30th November 2016 After years of discussions, the European Commission has now proposed legislation on sustainability criteria for all bioenergy uses. This represents a major outcome for the entire European renewables industry and for the EU’s climate and energy targets, as bioenergy represents 60% of all European renewable energy consumption. For Didzis Palejs, President of the European Biomass Association (AEBIOM), … Read More

PR – Is Winter coming for renewables? Clean Energy Package: EU still supports fossil fuels for heating and cooling

November 30th, 2016 EGEC – AEBIOM – EHPA – ESTIF Press release In the context of the worldwide paradigm shift in climate change, the EU has a unique opportunity to reposition itself as the world leader in climate action. Despite steps to increase the share of renewables in the heating sector, the Commission proposal does not remove the regulatory loopholes … Read More

Decarbonising the heating and cooling sector: “Strategic Policy Priorities for Renewable Heating and Cooling in Europe”

The FROnT project is publishing today a paper with strategic policy recommendations to support the deployment of renewable heating and cooling technologies (RES-HC). It starts with analysing the main barriers that are currently hampering the deployment of renewable heating and cooling technologies and proposes a set of policy recommendations for EU, national and local policy-makers to overcome these barriers. The heating … Read More

Didzis Palejs elected as AEBIOM President in the wake of European Bioenergy Future conference

Making the most of the opportunity provided by AEBIOM’s 2016 annual conference , the European Biomass Association (AEBIOM) has officially announced the election of its new President and Board. Didzis Palejs (LATbio, LV) has been elected as the new president of AEBIOM, succeeding Gustav Melin (SVEBIO, SE) who has led the organisation for the past 6 years. Didzis Palejs was the natural choice as … Read More

PR – European Commitments on COP 21 will not be reached without bioenergy

According to the latest European Biomass Association’s (AEBIOM) Statistical Report, today bioenergy contributes to 61% of the total share of renewables. Biomass is on the way to become the first European energy source, surpassing coal and has the potential to deliver more. Often overlooked, the heating and cooling sector accounts for half of the EU-28’s energy consumption and is dominated … Read More

Binding renewable energy target – legislative proposals must now deliver !

In October 2014, 28 EU Heads of State agreed that a binding target for renewables should be set at EU level to meet their collective climate and energy ambition. Since then, the European Parliament has consistently backed a binding renewable energy target for 2030, most recently in June 2016. The post-2020 renewable energy directive must act as a spine for … Read More