Biomass for sustainable development

A very warm welcome to the 27th European Biomass Conference & Exhibition – EUBCE 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal!
This year EUBCE is again the world’s largest biomass conference, a global forum for exchange of knowledge and information on the frontier research, the latest developments and innovative biomass applications for bioenergy, biomaterials and biochemicals.
The ambitious political agreement on increasing renewable energy use in the European Union (EU) will enable EU keeping its leadership role in renewables and meeting its emissions reduction commitments under the Paris Agreement. In this context, bioenergy is expected to play a key role into the future energy system.
The theme of the EUBCE 2019 is the role of biomass in delivering the Paris targets and supporting sustainable development goals. The present edition of the EUBCE will pay particular attention to the issue of using scientific evidence in policy making and the progress of biomass applications for energy and materials toward reaching the EU 2030 and Paris targets.
The use of biomass for energy, biomaterials or biochemicals provides good opportunities to deliver a number of social, environmental and economic benefits, in addition to climate and energy goals. The EUBCE 2019 offers an occasion to emphasize the contribution of biomass to many crucial areas, including energy, decarbonisation and climate change and sustainable development. Since bioenergy is expected to play an increasing role in the global energy system, as part of the global effort to address climate change, EUBCE aims to expand its geographical scope, to reflect the biomass contribution in various regions of the world, including Africa and Latin America.
I take this opportunity to thank the Scientific Committee that contributed to the selection of best papers and drafting of a high-level programme providing insights into cutting edge research technology development and industrial biomass applications addressing the latest challenges and opportunities for the biomass sector.
I am confident that with your contribution, whether in a plenary oral or visual presentations, in discussions, comments or questions, the conference will again provide a great forum for exchanging ideas and information on the role of biomass in delivering Sustainable Development Goals.

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