19th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition
Looking into the future of bio energy projects
The 19th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EU BC&E), co-organised by the JRC in Berlin from 6 to 10 June 2011, covered the entire range of bio-energy topics and progress of demonstration projects. It gathered representatives from the scientific and biomass industry communities from 70 different countries, including attendees from North and Latin America, Asia and Africa.
The five-day programme featured a series of sessions on biomass resources and conversion technologies for heating, electricity and chemicals, as well as processes for fuels from biomass. In addition, participants discussed biomass policies, market deployment and sustainability criteria. The latter was touched upon in view of a growing interest in the production of biofuels for transport on one side, and increased concern for the consequences of indirect land use change.
The JRC provided scientific support and coordinated the technical programme of the conference. Its researchers chaired some of the sessions and delivered presentations on their work related to biomass. The conference presented a good opportunity to examine sustainable production and use of biomass – its lessons will support the implementation of the European renewable directive (2009/28/EC) on the use of energy from renewable sources.
The programme allowed for the monitoring of the progress of a plethora of bioenergy demonstration projects that should eventually make a contribution to the EU 2020 20% renewable energy target. There are still outstanding questions related to the commercial viability of certain technologies that have held promise for a number of years but have yet to prove success.