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European Pellet Conference 2021 – bioenergy for a green recovery

Bioenergy for a green recovery – this is the focus of the next edition of the European Pellet Conference, the largest global annual pellet event, which the organizers – OÖ Energiesparverband, the regional energy agency of Upper Austria – have slated to take place on February 24-25, 2021 in Wels, Austria. A call for papers and speakers is open until October 12, 2020.

Event Director and Deputy Director of OÖ Energiesparverband Christiane Egger addressing the opening plenum during World Sustainable Energy Days/European Pellet Conference 2020 in Wels, Austria (photo courtesy OÖ Energiesparverband).

Europe has the ambitious goal of becoming the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. The European Green Deal and the EU Climate Law represent perhaps the first concrete steps.

Bioenergy is a key pillar of the European and global energy transition and can also contribute to economic growth. The 2021 conference will show how a green recovery can be made to happen in practice and how the wood pellet sector can profit from this deep transformation.

Upper Austria, one of the country’s nine regions and the location for the event, is a testament to this transformation and opportunity. Over 25 percent of all automatic biomass boilers sold in the EU are manufactured by Upper Austrian companies and pellet heating systems have become a standard solution in the region.

Currently, the region is actively phasing out oil heating – within 15 years, oil-fired heating will be a thing of the past in Upper Austria.

The European Pellet Conference 2021, which includes optional site visits to pellet and biomass related facilities in the hinterland as well as the concurrent Energiesparmesse tradeshow brings together expertise and know-how from all over the world to participants from all over the world.

Illustrating the commercial advances of household renewable energy possibilities – Austria-based boiler manufacturer Ökofen showcasing a wood pellet boiler, with or without micro-combined heat and power (CHP) integrated with solar photovoltaic (PV) and/or battery storage.

Each year, the event attracts business actors from across the bioenergy value chain – forestry, fuels, logistics, equipment, energy companies, commercial and industrial pellet users, service providers, finance together with the bioenergy research community and representatives of public bodies such as European Union (EU) institutions, national, regional and local governments.

The organizers also advise that a call for papers and speakers for European Pellet Conference 2021 is open until October 12, 2020.

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