Kicking off the 2023 wood pellet industry calendar of events next week is the inaugural edition of the European Pellet Forum (EPF). Taking place in Graz, Austria in conjunction with the 7th Central European Biomass Conference (CEBC), the one-day event comes at a time when the pellet sector is characterized by unprecedented volatility and dynamic growth.
The European Pellet Forum (EPF) is a new annual conference initiative launched late last year by the European Pellet Council (EPC), the umbrella association for national pellet associations in Europe.
Founded in 2010, EPC operates as a network within Bioenergy Europe and is dedicated to solving the issues attached to the transition from a niche product to a major energy commodity.
According to EPC, these issues include the standardization and certification of pellet quality, safety, security of supply, education, and training, and the quality of pellet-using devices.
EPC is also the coordinator and developer of the ENplus pellet quality certification and assurance scheme and is constantly adapting this system according to market needs such as certification of industrial pellets, and sustainability aspects.
An ambulating forum
Thus European Pellet Forum (EPF) provides a forum to confer on such matters focusing on pellet applications for heat generation in the domestic, commercial and industrial sectors.
The aim is to bring together the key stakeholders in the European pellet industry, including stove and boiler manufactures, producers, traders, and other stakeholders in the pellet value chain.
Hosted by proPellets Austria, the Austrian wood pellet association, the premier edition of EBF will be held in Graz on January 18, 2023, in conjunction with the 7th edition of the triennial Central European Biomass Conference (CEBC).
EBF23 will provide up-to-date information on the most recent developments in European Pellet markets and an outlook on what one can expect for the coming year – timely given the unprecedented volatility and dynamic growth the sector is currently experiencing.
The European pellet markets are currently characterized by rapid growth and enormous volatility. The European Pellet Forum offers an ideal opportunity to get an idea of the current developments in these turbulent times and to exchange ideas with industry representatives from all over Europe, said Dr Christian Rakos, CEO proPellets Austria, and EPF23 Conference Chair.
Looking ahead, the ambition is that other national pellet associations will host coming editions of EBF in their respective countries providing additional context.