Biomass for sustainable development

EUBCE has long become a world leading event for the biomass sector, a global forum for exchange knowledge and info on the latest developments, innovative biomass applications from industry and the policy framework.

An ambitious political agreement on increasing renewable energy use in the EU has been reached in June 2018 between the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council that includes a binding renewable energy target of 32% for the EU for 2030. This will contribute to the Commission’s goal for the European Union to become the world number one in renewables, enabling it to keep its leadership role in the fight against climate change, in the clean energy transition, in line with the commitments made in the Paris Agreement.

The decisions taken will have a substantial impact on the biomass sector too. In this context, the EUBCE 2019 in Lisbon has an occasion to emphasize the contribution of biomass to many crucial areas, including energy, decarbonisation and climate change and sustainable development. Bioenergy production can brings good opportunity to deliver a number of social, environmental and economic benefits in addition to the climate and energy goals that need to be further emphasised. Since bioenergy is expected to play an increasing role in the energy system, as part of the global effort to address climate change, this conference aims to expand its geographical scope, to reflect the biomass contribution in various regions of the world, including Africa and Latin America.

Against this background, the EUBCE programme aims to provide insights into cutting edge research on biomass technologies as well as on the appropriate approaches to deliver sustainable bioenergy to all. EUBCE will be addressing topics ranging from biomass resources, biomass conversion technologies for heating, electricity, energy carriers, chemicals and materials as well as sustainability, impacts and policies, biomass and bioenergy integration. As always, we propose an updated topic and sub-topic structure, with brief and self-explanatory descriptions, responding to the suggestions from the scientific community and to the observed trends in research and development, addressing the latest challenges and opportunities for the biomass sector.

I warmly encourage you to submit your abstract and participate at the EUBCE 2019 in Lisbon. The call for abstracts is open until 5th November 2018. The scientific committee, composed of recognised experts from the global biomass community, will take the responsibility to review and select the best keynote, plenary and visual presentations in a high scientific level conference programme.

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.

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