Trends at the international biomass conference in Graz
The world’s leading bioenergy experts in forestry and agriculture, electricity and heat generation, mobility and science met for the 5th time between 18 and 20 January for the Central European Biomass Conference in Graz. The occasion was used for signing the “Graz Declaration”, by the World Biomass Association, the European Biomass Association and the national associations from Austria, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia, thereby summarising their requirements on EU energy policy. The key requirements are: Halving fossil fuel energy consumption in the EU by 2030; withdrawal from fossil fuel generation of electricity; the promotion of all renewable energy sources and a doubling in the use of bioenergy
Biomass, the fuel with a great future
“The historic Paris agreement heralded a new era in international climate protection. Now, long term global warming must be limited to two degrees or less. Renewable energy has a key role to play. Biomass offers particular promise for the future – and for this reason the Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment is driving its use with customised funding programs,” emphasises Günter Liebel, Head of the Environment and Climate Protection Section of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management. “Bioeconomy plays a decisive role here. It replaces fossil fuel resources with renewable raw materials, guarantees us a high of security of supply and reduces the dependency on imported fossil fuel energy. For an Austria and Europe that is worth living in, we must all pull together – and apply ourselves fully to environmental protection, efficient use of resources and energy transition,” stated Günter Liebel.
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