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.
If we are really serious about mitigating the 2 °C temperature increase in 2100 the amount of fossil carbon emissions has to be reduced close to zero by 2050. This is a tall order and places significant responsibilities and at the same time important obligations on the industry as the key sector of the bioenergy community able to deliver the clean energy transition.
The EUBCE has long become a world leading event for the biomass and bioenergy sectors based on a global forum for exchanging knowledge, debating policy options and addressing innovation in an open forum. Against this background, the EUBCE aims to highlight the role of the industry across all sessions and topics of the bioeconomy. It is therefore imperative to work hand in hand with the research community enabling to bring into the market the innovative technologies and energy systems necessary for such a transition. At the same time such actions are vital in maintaining the leading position the EU industry enjoys at present.
I look forward seeing you in Marseille.
Dr. Kyriakos Maniatis Former European Commission, DG ENER
EUBCE Industry Committee Coordinator