Isabella De Bari appointed as
EUBCE 2023 Conference General Chair
The 31st European Biomass Conference (EUBCE 2023) taking place from 5-8 June in Bologna will be chaired by Isabella De Bari
Isabella De Bari was elected as Conference General Chair following nomination and voting process by the EUBCE ISAC - International Scientific Advisory Committee.
Isabella De Bari is head of the ENEA Laboratory dedicated to the development of processes and technologies for biorefineries and green chemistry. Since graduating in chemistry Isabella has been managing ENEA’s projects on advanced biofuels and green chemicals in cooperation with leading research Institutes and industrial stakeholders at national and European level. In addition, for more than 10 years she has acted as the Italian delegate in the IEA bioenergy Task 42 on biorefineries in the circular bioeconomy and as ENEA's representative in the European BIC consortium (BIO-BASED-INDUSTRY CONSORTIUM).
Furthermore, Isabella is part of several expert groups including; the Scientific Technical Committee of the Basilicata Bioeconomy Regional Cluster, Re Soil Foundation, European Technology and Innovation Platform Bioenergy (ETIP Bioenergy), the National Technological Cluster of the Green Chemistry, SRING, and the advisory board for bioeconomy European and national projects.
Message from the 2023 Conference General Chair:
What role can biomass play in the technologies mix to decarbonize the future?
Isabella De Bari
Head of ENEA Laboratory for the processes and technologies for biorefineries and green chemistry
EUBCE 2023 Conference General Chair
The biomass community started more than twenty years ago, beginning with just an imagination of where biomass might play a role in decarbonizing the energy system and its impact on the economy. Since then many technologies have been developed, some of which have been demonstrated at relevant scale and some even reaching commercial scale TRLs.
After the Paris Agreement in 2015, global attention has become focused on decarbonization as a key element to fight climate change, and also, to a smaller extent, in identifying sources of renewable and circular carbon. As part of the implementation plan, novel technologies have emerged including CO2 capture and the development of a global clean-hydrogen system.
Game-changing technologies are expected to play an important role in accelerating the achievement of the Paris goals and the pathway to net zero. Which will require system transition and complementarity technologies to enable the use of biomass and sustainable carbon sources.
Although decarbonization seems like the most effective solution in the battle against climate change, sustainable carbon sources are needed for the chemistry industry, as carbon is the main building block for many common chemicals. Therefore, the chemical industry is advancing research into sustainable carbon sources, including feedstocks and, depending on the applications, novel materials with increased biodegradability and biocompostability, that for example could assist in soil carbon restoration.
Biorefinery is a term used for many years to describe different types of biobased industries. The future implementation of this concept will imply the exploitation of local sources of sustainable biomass feedstocks to produce a wide spectrum of biobased products along with the use of CO2 and/or recycled carbon.
To move biobased industries forward, the buildup of local scenarios in a global framework is required in order to promote integration of more renewable sources at a local level, which undoubtedly is a key element in stimulating local opportunities. An exchange of ideas is required to define the role of biomass in the move towards a decarbonized and sustainable circular bioeconomy, and also conversations are essential in identifying the appropriate recent and future aspects that will assist in influencing and attracting public, private, and novel investments.
With this scope in mind, your knowledge is essential to understand the current state of research and to share your vision in drawing the future and identifying not only the opportunities, but also the gaps and the barriers in full market implementation.
This conference creates the perfect environment to debate and discuss these topics, with the overall ambition of paving the way to future innovative successes. Sharing knowledge and vision in this multidisciplinary context is the only way towards a successful and effective economy transition. It will be an honor to meet you in person and share your presence at this year’s conference in Bologna.
EUBCE the largest International conference for biomass: a meeting point of 1,500 specialists from R&D and Industry
The EUBCE is the largest international Conference for Biomass research, technologies and a biomass international Exhibition, with presentations of specialized biomass Industry presents technologies, innovations and new concepts in the sector.
The conference scientific programme is coordinated by the European Commission Joint Research Centre, with the support of CBE JU | Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking
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