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World Bioenergy Association partners with Bioenergy International

In a joint mission to strengthen the position of bioenergy on the global level, the leading global bioenergy industry association, World Bioenergy Association (WBA) has joined forces with Bioenergy International (BioInt). As part of a new Cooperation Agreement, both organizations agree to promote individual publications, organize joint activities, and strengthen the network of bioenergy stakeholders around the world.

In a joint mission to strengthen the position of bioenergy on the global level, the leading global bioenergy industry association, World Bioenergy Association (WBA) has joined forces with Bioenergy International (BioInt). As part of a new Cooperation Agreement, both organizations agree to promote individual publications, organize joint activities, and strengthen the network of bioenergy stakeholders around the world (photo courtesy Anders Haaker).

On March 1, 2021, representatives of the World Bioenergy Association (WBA), a global industry organization dedicated to supporting and representing the wide range of actors in the bioenergy sector, and Bioenergy International (BioInt), a leading international English language subscription-based trade publication focusing on biomass to energy value chains, signed a Cooperation Agreement whereby Bioenergy International becomes the official magazine of WBA.

According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), bioenergy is set to become the largest source of energy in the non-electricity sectors by 2050. International cooperation will be critical to achieve this goal and ensure bioenergy is used in a sustainable and efficient way around the globe. Communication is a key factor supporting international cooperation and learning processes across the diverse and complex bioenergy value chains. That is why we are very happy to engage in this new partnership with Bioenergy International – a publication that is widely respected for its professional fact-based communication around bioenergy, commented Dr Christian Rakos, President of WBA.

The cooperation greatly benefits WBA members as they can now avail (apart from the current membership benefits) of access to a personal print and/or digital copy of the magazine, weekly newsletters, and free/discounted rates to attend any joint WBA – BioInt activities.

SVEBIO funded the formation of the World Bioenergy Association in 2008 and acquired Bioenergy International in 2011. I am convinced that this co-operation will strengthen both organizations, as well as contribute to the development of the whole bioenergy sector. Bioenergy is the largest renewable energy source and has the potential to remain dominant. Both the WBA and Bioenergy International share this mission and have the ability to explain how with excellent examples of best policy and industry applications, it is a perfect match, said Gustav Melin, Managing Director of the Swedish Bioenergy Association (SVEBIO).

The agreement builds on the existing cooperation between the entities that, in real life, share the same office facilities in Stockholm, Sweden.

We are truly delighted over this agreement with the WBA. As a renewable, sustainable biomass and bioenergy play a pivotal yet often under-appreciated role in replacing fossil carbon in fuels and products. This agreement comes at a time when bioenergy and biomass value chains are under mounting pressure from those that seek to sway public and political perception with a barrage of anti-biomass half-truths, hearsay, and myths. With its global remit and status, its international network and membership base, cooperation with the WBA is a great start in mobilizing and coordinating efforts to setting the record straight, ended Alan Sherrard, Editor in Chief of Bioenergy International.

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