The new Renewable Energy Directive (REDII) has set sustainability criteria for solid bioenergy, with important consequences for all segments of the sector. Bioenergy Europe (formerly known as AEBIOM) has partnered with the German Agricultural Society (DLG) to bring these and other essential updates to the 30 000 plus visitors of EnergyDecentral fair, taking place November 14 in Hanover, Germany.
The REDII will set the policy framework for bioenergy for all European Member States – for the next decade. This includes EU-wide sustainability criteria that have been adopted for solid biomass. Another important new element is a specific target for the heating and cooling sector complementing the overall objective for renewable energy. Now, a clear vision for the future of the bioenergy sector is needed to unfold the full potential of this new policy framework.
To kickstart a necessary discussion on this vision, Bioenergy Europe, the voice of all sectoral players in Europe will organise the 9th edition of its signature event “European Bioenergy Future”. European Bioenergy Future is a one-day event gathering over 300 of the industry’s top bioenergy professionals, who will be offered unique networking opportunities and insights on long-term perspectives on bioenergy.
The event, traditionally hosted in Brussels, Belgium is now moving to Hanover, Germany, in light of a recent partnership between Bioenergy Europe and the German Agricultural Society (DLG) that have also become members of Bioenergy Europe. The DLG says the move will strengthen its existing work to support the renewable energy sector with relevant know-how through knowledge sharing and exhibitions.
We’re delighted to partner with Bioenergy Europe and look forward to developing this new partnership. We’re particularly excited that as part of our membership of the organization, Bioenergy Europe’s international “European Bioenergy Future” event will take place within EnergyDecentral in the future, said Marcus Vagt, Project Manager EnergyDecentral and Manager for the DLG Biogas Committee.
Bioenergy Europe’s mission includes five key objectives: communicating opportunities and concerns regarding the development of bioenergy in Europe to EU policymakers; developing, deepening and disseminating knowledge on the use of biomass for energy from scientific, technological, economic, social, legal and political perspectives; developing and promoting all technology developed within the European bioenergy industry; supporting national and international initiative promoting bioenergy; and actively promoting the abolition of technical or trade barriers that hamper the development of an open bioenergy market at a European level.
According to Vagt, the two organizations’ objectives are “well matched” as the DLG is also a non-profit organisation and works to promote technical and scientific progress within the food and agriculture sectors. This includes renewable energy, where the society has established its own network of energy experts and DLG-committee of biogas, including farmers, companies and academics, that aims to offer practical solutions to those involved with bioenergy.
Through our large farming network, the DLG has been involved in on-farm electricity generation since the first biogas plants were installed in Germany in the early 1990s. And in 2006 we established the EnergyDecentral exhibition, creating a major opportunity for farmers to meet companies and experts in the field, said Marcus Vagt.
The trade fairs, EuroTier and EnergyDecentral, will take place in Hanover, Germany, November 13-16. More than 2 600 exhibitors from 58 countries and 163 000 visitors attended the events in 2016, highlighting its position as the meeting place for the world’s livestock industry.
European Bioenergy Future 2018 will take place on the November 14 within DLG’s energy innovation fair, EnergyDecentral – attended by over 30 000 people every 2 years, therefore offering a much larger stage for the foreseen discussions.