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Biomass can heat, cool, power, and transport the EU-28 for 45 days

Bioenergy is essential to Europe’s energy needs. By converting Eurostat forecasts for Europe’s energy consumption in a calendar format, Bioenergy Europe has calculated that biomass can cover the 2019 energy needs of all 28 European Union Member States for 45 days, two more than in 2018. In other words, as of November 17, biomass can heat, cool, power and transport the EU-28 for the rest of 2019.

The European Bioenergy Day 2019 is calculated by Bioenergy Europe to fall on November 17. Calculations are made based on the latest (2018) Eurostat data on the EU-28 gross final energy consumption and Bioenergy Europe’s estimations on the share of bioenergy and renewables in 2019. Bioenergy Europe estimates that bioenergy will represent 12% in 2018, while other renewables will reach an 8% share while non-renewable sources will still account for 80% of the EU-28 gross final energy consumption. The percentages obtained are then multiplied by 365 days (graphic courtesy Bioenergy Europe).

By converting Eurostat forecasts for Europe’s energy consumption in a calendar format, Bioenergy Europe has calculated that the 2019 ‘European Bioenergy Day’ is November 17, the date from which bioenergy can cover all the energy needs of the 28 EU Members States until the end of 2019. By the same calculation, all renewables combined, count for 74 days in 2019 – from October 18 onward.

The 45 days for biomass is an increase of two extra days compared to 2018 and four more than in 2017. By looking at single countries’ figures, the same trend is confirmed. Countries like Denmark, Finland, and Sweden have seen an impressive net increase in bioenergy consumption ranging from 3 to 4 extra days.

Contributing nearly to 60 percent in the gross final energy consumption, bioenergy is the first source of renewable energy. The sector counts for more than 700 000 direct and indirect employments in Europe and a turnover of EUR 60.6 billion.

The purpose of the European Bioenergy Day Campaign, now in its third edition, is to celebrate this achievement and raise awareness by putting forward success stories of people, projects, and companies contributing to a decarbonised Europe.

Whilst the trend confirms how bioenergy plays a central role in the decarbonization of Europe, Bioenergy Europe points out that Europe is still “excessively dependent” on fossil-fuels and subsidies are still heading the wrong direction – Europe still relies on fossil and nuclear energy for 291 days in 2019 (January 1 to October 18).

Bioenergy Europe estimates that by 2050, there will be 406 Mtoe of sustainable biomass available, including residues from forestry, agriculture, industry, and organic waste.

REWOFUEL is an EU co-funded Horizon 2020 R&D project that aims to convert softwood logging residues into advanced biofuels for transportation such as green gasoline and biojet fuel. With an estimated forestry residue potential of about 145 million tonnes per annum, the EU has the potential to support the deployment of hundreds of such biorefineries.

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