Dr. Nicolae Scarlat
Technical Programme Chairman
European Commission, Joint Research Centre
Directorate for Energy, Transport and Climate

Message from the Technical Programme Chairman

Dear Member of the Biomass Community,

The 25th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE) will take place in 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. On behalf of the Scientific Committee it is a great pleasure to invite you to be part of this event and to share your latest achievements, findings and innovations with the scientific and industrial communities.

The conference has a great tradition since 1980, addressing topics ranging from biomass production, to conversion technologies for heating, electricity, fuels, chemicals and materials, as well as biomass policies, markets and sustainability. EUBCE has become a world leading event, sharing the latest research results, latest developments and innovative bioenergy applications from industry and the state of play and the policy context. EUBCE is also a prime event to promote business with match-making sessions, networking opportunities and social events. The role of bioenergy is addressed at international level, through a wide range of programmes and initiatives in North America, South America, Asia and Africa. We expect this to be reflected in the Conference Programme.

Recognizing the high scientific level of this conference, the EUBCE Proceedings will be indexed in Scopus and all submitted final papers of plenary, oral and visual presentations will be coded by a digital identifier (DOI code), which will increase the visibility of all papers. To guarantee the scientific quality of the programme, each abstract is scored by three independent reviewers before the topic organisers select the plenary, oral and visual presentations. Excellence, novelty and scope for innovation are the strict criteria for paper selection.

The COP21 agreement in Paris on a long-term goal of limiting the increase of global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels provides new opportunities and challenges for bioenergy. An updated European Union (EU) policy on bioenergy is expected to be released for the period 2020 - 2030, as part of the new EU renewable energy package. Biomass is the largest source of renewable energy today in the EU and despite high growth rates in the photovoltaic and wind sectors, bioenergy is expected to remain the major renewable energy source until 2030. Alongside bioenergy production, a bio-based economy brings additional opportunities to develop new bio-based industries, open new markets for bio-based products and use resources more efficient and environmentally friendly.

Nowadays, there is a need for clear and long-term stable policy framework and support schemes to unlock the potential of biomass and support the development of bioenergy. Public perception needs to be improved about benefits of bioenergy, and possible negative impacts bust be addressed in a scientific way. There is significant biomass potential that requires improving mobilisation, in particular waste and residues. There is a need to bridge the gap between research, large scale demonstration and industrial application of innovative bioenergy technologies, as high investment are needed and high financial risk needs to be properly addressed. All uses of biomass need to be considered. This means that biomass use must be sustainable and biomass use should aim to maximise the production of various bio-based products and promote bioenergy pathways that delivers robust GHG reductions.

Responding to suggestions from the scientific community, the EUBCE Conference programme addresses these challenges with the adaptation of the topical structure to the latest developments and trends. We shall have moderated poster presentations to allow authors to present their work to the chairperson and to the conference delegates. We plan to dedicate more space in the programme to bioenergy production integrated into food and feed farming and bioenergy integration in energy systems. There will be a strong focus on interactions between researchers, industry and policy makers. The Conference will provide a science-to-science and science-to-industry platform for knowledge exchange to discuss the latest scientific findings, industrial progress and policy landscape through keynote and plenary presentations and specialised thematic sessions. The exhibition will continue to provide a platform for interaction between researchers, industry and policy makers. There will be plenty of opportunities for organisations, projects and consortia to hold side events (meetings, seminars and workshops) on the conference site.

The call for abstracts is open until October 31st 2016. I am confident that you, the scientific, industrial and policy biomass community, will contribute with high quality papers and give the Scientific Committee the opportunity to select and present a Conference programme which reflects the scientific excellence, as well as the wide range of topics of the global bioenergy sector and allows you to contribute to shaping the future of bioenergy and bioeconomy.

I am looking forward to meeting you in Stockholm to present, follow and discuss the latest trends and developments in biomass field.

 

Dr. Nicolae Scarlat
Technical Programme Chairman
European Commission, Joint Research Centre
Directorate for Energy, Transport and Climate

Nicolae Scarlat is scientific and technical support officer in the Renewables and Energy Efficiency Unit, Directorate for Energy, Transport and Climate at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission. He joined the JRC in 2006, providing technical support and scientific advice for the formulation and monitoring the implementation of the renewable energy legislation. He also contributes to the policy proposals related to the renewable energy beyond 2020, tackling bioenergy technology developments or the sustainability of solid and gaseous biomass. He played a key role in drafting various reports on renewable energy and studies for the assessment of bioenergy progress, assessment of biomass resource potentials and demand, evaluation of various effects of biofuels and bioenergy and sustainability certification of biofuels and bioenergy. He contributed to the investigation of the role of biomass and bioenergy in a future bioeconomy, current status and perspectives for development. He also contributed to the European Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan, including the assessment of the technological state-of-the-art, anticipated developments, market and industry status for bioenergy, and research and innovation challenges and actions for bioenergy of the SET Plan Integrated Roadmap. In addition to scientific/technical networking in the field of bioenergy and biofuels, he organised various expert consultation meetings and workshops on biomass resources, bioenergy and bioeconomy.

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