The world of biomass is meeting in Stockholm

On the 12th of June 2017, delegates from scientific research, industry and policy-makers from 66 countries gathered in Stockholm for the 25th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition. This year the event features more than 800 Presentations, from 3,800 authors and co-authors, two parallel events and five workshops. As every year the conference programme touches on all different subjects of the biomass sector along the week. The conference provides a science-to-science and science-to-industry platform for knowledge exchange to discuss the latest scientific findings, industrial progress and policy landscape through keynote and plenary presentations and specialised thematic sessions.
The conference opening session discussed “The Indispensable Role of Biomass” as part of the long-term goal agreed in Paris for limiting the increase of average global temperature and optimizing the role of bioenergy in the wider bio-economy.
The conference is co-chaired by Lena Ek (Sweden), President of Södra Skogsägarna, and Henrik Ehrnrooth (Finland), Chairman of the Boards of Pöyry, thereby bringing together the strong and common interests of their two countries in the political support and business opportunities for bioeconomy.

Lena Ek, Conference General Chair, Södra Skogsägarna, President:
From the climate point of view forests could be an important asset depending on how we managed them. If the world's production forests were well managed their effect on the yearly CO2-balance would be nearly the same as the net increase of CO2 into the atmosphere.

Henrik Ehrnrooth, Conference General Co-Chair, Chairman of the Boards of Pöyry PLC and Chairman of the Climate Leadership Council:
New paradigms are needed: Twenty percent of GHG emissions comes from deforestation, so the new thing is reforestation. Reforestation cannot be done with monocultures, we need to find new ways to emulate natural forest with sophisticated agroforestry.

Remigijus Lapinskas, World Bioenergy Association, President:
Business as usual does not work anymore as development of renewables should be faster, in order to fulfill the Paris Agreement. Now is the time to show strong leadership in bioenergy development.

Anneli Waldén, Stockholm Transport Administration:
The rail traffic and the bus fleet within the public transport in Stockholm is running on energy from renewable fuels and have reduced the CO2 emissions by more than 80% since 2009.

Mika Aho, ST1 Nordic Oy, Director, presented the company’s Cellulonix biorefinery:
Sawdust and other wood residues offer high potential as feedstock for advanced ethanol and biomaterial production in the Nordic countries. The 10-million-litre Cellunolix® plant under commissioning in Kajaani in Finland is an important demonstration project to capture that potential. Enabling regulation for 2030 is needed to capture the full potential of forestry residues in contributing towards efficient decarbonization of the road transport.

Marko Janhunen, UPM Biorefining, Vice President, Stakeholder Relations:
In recent years UPM has become a key producer of wood-based advanced biofuels and products for the biochemical industry. We believe there is tremendous innovation potential in advanced biofuels and biomass, as illustrated by the extremely high quality of submissions to the EUBCE.

Oskar Meijerink, SkyNRG, Business Development:
The aviation industry has recognized the need for Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) as the industry has no alternative to liquid energy carriers in the decades to come. For SkyNRG collaboration between governments, market players and technology providers is key to further develop this market.

Anders WiJkmann, Chair Swedish Parliamentary Committee on the Environmental Goals, Governing Board Climate-KIC Chair, Think Tank Global Utmaning Member Board and former EU Parliament:
Sweden is to have net zero emissions by no later than 2045 of which emission reductions will account for at least 85%. New bio-based products from forestry, agriculture or aquaculture can replace fossil based products.

Piotr Szymanski, European Commission Joint Research Centre, Director of Energy, Transport and Climate:
The emphasis must be on how best biomass can be used and not whether it can be used. We need to prioritize the most effective bioenergy pathways that deliver robust GHG reductions.

Jakop Dalunde, Member of the European Parliament, ITRE Committee:
We need a political leadership that creates a robust framework with clear market rules where renewables of all kinds can flourish. In order to fulfil the Paris agreement we need all the tools in the toolbox for the green transition, therefore biomass will be essential.

Giulio Volpi, European Commission, DG Energy:
Bioenergy plays an important role for the achievement of the EU energy and climate targets for 2020 and 2030. Bioenergy used in the EU needs to be sustainable, i.e. it delivers optimal greenhouse gas (GHG) savings, it is produced in a way that does not cause deforestation or degradation of habitats or loss of biodiversity, and it is used efficiently for heat and power production. This is why the European Commission has proposed to strengthen the EU bioenergy sustainability criteria, in the context of the revised EU Renewable Energy Directive.

Thomas Lundmark, Swedish University of Agricultural Science, Forest Ecology and Management Dpt.:
There is much to be gained by more active forest management. Forest growth can be increased, increased forest growth means climate benefit, opportunities for increased sustainable yields, and support development of the bio-economy.

Maria Michela Morese, Executive Secretary of the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP), Climate and Environment Division:
Modern bioenergy has a great potential to contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation, as well as to food and energy security, in the context of sustainable development. Sustainability is key to ensure that bioenergy reaches this potential. In this context, the Sustainability Indicators agreed by the over 75 members of GBEP – among governments and international organizations – represent an invaluable tool to guide the sustainability assessment of bioenergy production and use at the national level, with a view to inform decision making and facilitate the sustainable development of bioenergy.

Giles Dickson, WindEurope, CEO:
Europe needs more ambition on renewables. A target of at least 35% renewables in our energy mix by 2030 is required to be a world leader. What we need to see now is increased decarbonisation of heating and cooling systems with biomass, hydrogen and electrification, as this sector represents 46% of the EU’s total energy consumption but only currently has an 18% renewables share.

Tomas Kåberger: Executive Board Chairman, Renewable Energy Institute, Energy and Environment:
It is a remarkable pleasure to see how sophisticated bio-refineries can evolve producing fuels, heat, feed or food as well as materials. The creativity and flexibility required is easily hindered when policymakers become prescriptive. Forestry and agriculture need environmental regulation, but how to refine biomass into different products is a dynamic and complex issue that cannot be fixed by political decisions.

Paolo Frankl, International Energy Agency, Head of the Renewable Energy Division:
Bioenergy is to provide almost one fifth of cumulative carbon savings. Sustainability for bioenergy is a total must, however, general statements and oversimplification are unhelpful. Bioenergy now needs a new impetus based on up to date evidence and experience.

EUBCE Background
EUBCE is the most important international conference for the biomass sector, combined with a technology exhibition. For more than 30 years, it has been serving as the annual meeting point for biomass experts from research, development and the industry. With presentations addressing the latest technologies, the policy framework, and the medium and long-term strategies and potentials, EUBCE is the interface between science, industry and policy makers
The quality of the EUBCE programme is excellent, ensured by the Scientific and Industry Committee comprising 140 international biomass experts. At 2017 EUBCE more than 3,856 authors and co-authors from 80 countries around the world were involved in preparing abstracts for contributions. More than 800 keynote, plenary, oral and visual presentations will be held during EUBCE.

The EUBCE Conference programme is coordinated by the European Commission Joint Research Centre.

The event is supported by European and international organizations such as the European Commission, UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Natural Sciences Sector, WCRE - the World Council for Renewable Energy, EUBIA - the European Biomass Industry Association, CEI - The Central European Initiative, FNR - Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe, GBEP - Global Bioenergy Partnership, and other organisations.







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