Berlin -– The official Opening of the 19th European Biomass Conference & Exhibition was held by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Faulstich, Chairman of the German Advisory Council on the Environment of the German Government, Head of Institute of Resources and Energy Technology at the Technische Universität München and Managing Director Straubing Center of Science.
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And he added: "One of the major causes of climate change is the generation of energy. The recent events in Japan show in a dramatic way that Renewables are the only sustainable alternative for the mankind. Biomass can serve as a substitute for nearly all types of energy. The decisive advantage is the neutral CO2 balance, if biomass is used in an environmentally sustainable way”.
A large opportunity for Europe
Jean-Paul Malingreau, EC Joint Research Centre, brought the message from the European Commission: “Bioenergy represents a large opportunity for Europe. It will be a critical factor in securing our energy supply, it will stimulate innovation and industrial development and contribute to the sustainability of our cities and landscape. Biomass, however, is confronted with a large number of competing non energy-uses. The challenge is to develop sustainable approaches which will take into account the demand for energy but also for food, fodder, biodiversity and other environmental services. The European Commission and in particular its Joint Research Centre provides a continuing support to such objectives, it participates actively in the organisation of the present Conference.”
Paul Bryan, Biomass Program Manager at the U.S. Department of Energy: “The United States and Europe have many common challenges The U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard calls for the use of 36 billion gallons of biofuels by 2022, of which at least 21 billion gallons will be advanced biofuels that reduce GHG emissions by at least 50 percent relative to petroleum fuels. The European Union has also defined ambitious targets for the development of sustainable biofuels. In the U.S., we are investing in innovative research and development and partnering with industry to facilitate and accelerate the demonstration and commercial deployment of integrated bio refineries, to produce a range of advanced biofuels, chemicals, and products. We look forward to collaborating with our partners in Europe and around the world to develop the technologies and deployment strategies that will help us meet our common challenges”.
The entire range of bioenergy issues
Dr. Wolfgang Palz, World Council for Renewable Energy spoke on the contribution of bioenergy to a 100 percent renewable energy strategy: “Right now after the German decision to phase-out of nuclear power generation it becomes important to mobilize speedily all Renewable Energies in all their variety. Bioenergy should play a privileged role as - unlike solar- and wind energy - it is not intermittent in nature and available on demand anytime. Yet today bio power already contributes five percent to Germany’s electricity supply. Germany is even a world leader for modern Biogas, for Biodiesel and wood pellets."
The subjects of the 19th European Biomass Conference cover the entire range of bioenergy issues: availability of resources, conversion technologies, biomass projects, integration of biomass and derived products in the energy system, environmental impact, market deployment, policy and strategy actions.
In addition to being a unique networking platform for the European bioenergy community, the conference has now become a global event attracting delegates and exhibitors from about 70 countries. Two official delegations from Canada and Malaysia will be present during the week to highlight the opportunities offered by the growing bioenergy industries in their respective countries and promote business cooperation with EU organisations. Canada for example is home to 10 percent of the world’s forests and 2.5 percent of the world’s grain production. Its productive land base of 3.1 million sq. km (8.7 times the size of Germany), combined with manure, municipal and industrial waste offers more biomass feedstock per capita than any other nation. Canada is the largest exporter of wood pellets in the world and its domestic biomass combustion already provides 6 percent of Canada’s total primary energy supply. Quelle: ETA-Florence Renewable Energies