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Message from the Conference General Chair

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I am very honoured to welcome you in Marseille for the 28th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition.

Biomass is the corner stone of the bioeconomy which has become an important issue in research and innovation, policy making and business in Europe and around the world. The use of biomass has tremendous potential for growth and substantial benefits. Biomass through it diversity is expected to play a major role to contribute to global food supplies but also to energy (heat, electricity, transport), chemicals and materials demand. Biomass, owing its essentially renewable nature, is also a key factor in contributing towards reaching the European climate targets. Lastly almost all the biomass used originates in Europe leading to the development of a local bioeconomy which open opportunities to maintain jobs in rural and coastal areas.

For example, Biomass is by far the main renewable energy source within the EU28 accounting for more than 10% of the gross final energy consumption in 2017 (Source Eurostat) and the use of biomass for the primary energy production of renewables is steadily increasing.

In this context of promise the main issues for the bioeconomy are the sustainable production and efficient conversion of primary biomass and the mobilisation of residual biomass, including waste, without generating negative impacts on the environment and society. A lot of trade-off exist such as conflicts for land, intensification of production in agriculture and forestry leading to soil degradation and biodiversity decrease, GHG emissions from the primary production to the resources conversions.

There is also issues on the management of innovation and business model. The transition towards a bioeconomy needs radically new and disruptive innovations, not just incremental. These innovation requires new interdisciplinary approaches between a large number of sciences and technologies and cooperation between different actors to modify existing organizations and traditional value chains. The adoption of biobased products by final consumers is also challenging.  And last, but not least, the fragmented policies on food safety, CAP, energy, waste treatment…add complexity to the challenge to face.

How to estimate the biomass available? How to improve synergies between agroecology and bioeconomy? How to develop innovation for new carbon neutral technologies? How to improve carbon and nitrogen recyclability? How to promote biobased products?  How to develop tools for decision-making?

I look forward to seeing you soon in Marseille to address all these questions and many others!

 

PHILIPPE MAUGUIN

President and CEO INRAE
EUBCE Conference General Chair

Message from the Technical Programme Chair

The European Green Deal

A very warm welcome to the 28th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE) to be held in Marseille, France, from 27th to 30th of April 2020.

On behalf of the Scientific Committee, it is a great pleasure to invite you to be part of this world leading event for the biomass sector, a global forum for exchange knowledge and information on the latest technological developments and innovative biomass applications.

Message from the Industry Committee Coordinator

EUBCE aims to highlight the role of the industry

Dear Bioeconomy industry representative,
We have all come to the understanding that critical and strategic decisions are necessary in undertaking appropriate but very difficult measures needed to meet the Paris Agreement and effectively combat climate change. At the same time it is obvious that although all sectors of the bioeconomy have to make significant contributions it is the industry that will have to carry the heaviest of the responsibilities and weight in delivering the Paris Agreement.

Dr. Nicolae Scarlat
European Commission, Joint Research Centre
EUBCE Technical Programme Chairman

Dr. Kyriakos Maniatis
European Commission, DG ENER
EUBCE Industry Committee Coordinator

EUBCE 2020 will fully integrate Bioeconomy into its conference programme

The 28th EUBCE will expand its portfolio from energy related biomass production and conversion of bio-based feedstock to other sectors of the economy and will now integrate the bioeconomy into its conference programme.

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