Lena Ek and Henrik Ehrnrooth will co-chair the European Biomass Conference and Exhibition 12-15 June 2017, in Stockholm Sweden
This year 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 their two countries in the political support and business opportunities for bioeconomy. Co-chairs, Lena Ek and Henrik Ehrnrooth, bring a wealth of experiences 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.