The European Biomass Conference and Exhibition celebrates its 25th edition in Stockholm.
With a full agenda of horizontal topics the EUBCE is a key event for the biomass and bioenergy community. A unique platform promoting the transfer of knowledge and expertise among research, industry and policy makers.
The EUBCE programme includes 1004 presentations, 276 of which are oral presentations, 12 plenaries and 716 visual presentations. An up-to-date programme aims to provide prompt answers to the evolving international policy debate about tackling climate change and giving a glance into the most innovative scientific and technical advances and industry projects. The conference will continue to focus on how to close the gap between research achievements and industrial implementation, given that research in many areas has advanced considerably over the last decade. The conference will tackle the "The Indispensable Role of Biomass" as part of the long-term goal agreed in Paris of limiting the increase of global average temperature and bioenergy in the wider bio-economy. Biomass potential, bioenergy policies targets for 2030 and beyond will be part of the debate.
The plenary sessions will address some of the major challenges that the biomass community is facing today such as the debate on the perspectives and approaches for bioenergy, the production and utilisation of biofuels and different potential biomass feedstocks, including the organic fraction of municipal waste, the recent findings in the field of thermochemical biomass conversion technologies as well as the challenges and opportunities of establishing bioconversion processes for the bio-based economy. Key approaches for the integration of bioenergy technologies implemented in a flexible manner to provide energy output on demand as well as the latest developments of large-scale industrial plants processing biomass residues and wastes to biofuels and bioenergy will also be presented and discussed.
The conference will conclude with how to better "achieve the transition from research to industrial implementation". Important issues will be tackled during the conference, such as biomass production for energy integrated into food and feed farming, integration of bioenergy into a bio-based economy and that of bioenergy with other energy sources.
For the first time, the conference will be co-chaired by Lena Ek (Sweden), President Södra, and Henrik Ehrnrooth (Finland), Chairman of the Board of Pöyry, thereby bringing together the strong and common interests of the two countries in the political support and business opportunities for bioeconomy. Co-chairs, Lena Ek and Henrik Ehrnrooth, bring a wealth of experience to the conference and will ensure an optimum combination of Swedish and Finnish influences in the production and utilization of biomass. The Nordic countries have much to gain and to offer when it comes to boosting the potential of biomass.
“Bioeconomy provides opportunities and solutions for some of our global challenges as formulated in United Nations new sustainable development goals (SDGs). The SDGs builds on economic development, social responsibility and environmental considerations. The EUBCE provides a cross-border platform for contacts, knowledge, discussion and solutions”.
Lena Ek (1958) is the President of Södra Skogsägarna, an economic association with 50,000 members that together own 36,000 forest farms. Lena Ek will be the first woman to be co-chair of the EUBCE conference.
Furthermore, she is also Chairperson of the Board of the Forest-based Sector Technology Platform. Lena Ek has for many years been a leading figure within the political scene in Sweden and Europe and is well respected by all political parties for her in-depth knowledge on the bioeconomy, environmental and economic issues. Before her role as President at Södra Skogsägarna she served as the Swedish Minister of the Environment and Energy while a member of the Swedish Parliament, representing the Centre Party. She has also been a member of the European Parliament, representing the Centre Party. Lena Ek also serves as a Board Member at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH).
"Biomass is the starting point for industrial renewal: recarbonising materials, decarbonising energy is the recipe. This is what EUBCE admirably presents."
Henrik Ehrnrooth (1954) is currently Chairman of the Boards of Pöyry PLC and a Chairman of the Climate Leadership Council since 2016. Pöyry is an international consulting and engineering firm that serves clients globally across the energy and industrial sectors and provides local engineering services in its core markets. Its focus sectors are power generation, transmission and distribution, forest industry, chemicals and biorefining, mining and metals, transportation and water. He is also, since 2014, Chairman of the Board of Otava Group Ltd. Before his current roles he served as Chairman of the Board of Caverion Corporation as well as Board Member of APSD AS. He has also been Chairman of the Board of YIT Corporation and had various assignments with the Pöyry Group. Furthermore, Henrik is a Member of the Board of the Marcus Wallenberg Foundation, Sweden since 2008.
National Supporting Organisations
Swedish partners of the EUBCE are KSLA (The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry) and SLU (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences) in collaboration with the think-tank Global Challenge (Global Utmaning).
EUBCE is one of the most important international conferences for the biomass sector, combined with a technology exhibition. For more than 30 years, it has been serving as the annual meeting point for biomass experts from research, development and the industry. With presentations addressing the latest technologies, the policy framework, and the medium and long-term strategies and potentials, EUBCE is the interface between science, industry and policy makers.
The quality of the EUBCE programme is excellent, ensured by the Scientific and Industry Committee comprising 140 international biomass experts. In 2016 EUBCE more than 3,700 authors and co-authors from 80 countries around the world were involved in preparing abstracts for contributions. 780 keynote, plenary, oral and visual presentations were held during EUBCE.
The EUBCE Conference programme is coordinated by the European Commission Joint Research Centre.
The upcoming EUBCE will take place from 12 - 15 June 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden.
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