Message of the Technical Programme Chair:
Biomass is part of our low-carbon future.

It is a great honour to invite you to attend the 29th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE) to be held in Marseille, France, from 26th to 29th of April 2021.

Decarbonisation is at the core of energy and climate policy in the European Union. The European Green Deal reasserts the European Commission’s commitment to tackling climate and environmental challenges to reach a carbon-neutral society by 2050. The European Commission’s proposal for the first European Climate Law at a legally binding target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Biomass is part of our low-carbon future. Moreover, bioenergy has a critical role in the energy transition to reach the net zero carbon emission goals. Many biomass technologies have already made significant progress towards commercial applications. There is a need to focus now on industrial implementation to bridge the gap between research and industry applications. In the context of the economic recovery after the pandemic, despite all challenges, there are major opportunities to enhance the role of biomass and bioenergy as part of a circular bioeconomy, in the context of sustainable development.

Biomass resources, availability and sustainability are key for the contribution of biomass to a low carbon economy. Sustainable bioenergy has a key role to delivering carbon-neutral solutions, in particular for sectors that are hard to electrify, such as aviation, shipping and heavy road transport. Therefore, EUBCE proposes to tackle the perspectives for biomass and to explore local solutions for global challenges.

EUBCE 2021 tackles as usual challenges ranging from cutting-edge research on biomass production and conversion to bioenergy, biofuels and bioproducts, as well as policies, markets and sustainability and industrial implementation. The EUBCE has also regularly debated a wide range of key topics, from biomass production, to land use and land use change, GHG emissions, technology implementation and integration with other renewables. EUBCE proposes a refined programme structure, responding to the trends in biomass technologies and present societal challenges and opportunities addressing sustainable biomass, promoting industrial implementation and fostering international cooperation.

I warmly encourage you to submit an abstract and participate at the EUBCE 2021. The call for abstracts is open until 20 November 2020.

The scientific committee, composed of recognised experts from the global biomass community, is committed to select the best papers and propose a high scientific level conference programme.

In this edition, we focus more on tackling the challenges to bridge the gap between research achievement and commercial applications and to analyse the industry perspectives facing the current challenges and opportunities. We would like to attract in particular the biomass industry actors, by invitation in a dedicated Industry Track, and give them a wider space in the industry sessions to present their technology and the progress in the development of innovative technologies as well as to reveal their plans for demonstrating new technologies in pilot, demonstration and first-of-the-kind plants and other industrial applications.

I am convinced that EUBCE will again prove to be an excellent platform for interacting with others, sharing knowledge and innovation ideas on biomass, bioenergy and bioeconomy.

Dr. Nicolae Scarlat
European Commission, Joint Research Centre
EUBCE Technical Programme Chair