28th EUBCE 2020

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Topic 1: Sustainable Resources for Decarbonising the Economy

(Please refer to https://www.eubce.com/conference-topics.html for a full list of sub-Topics within Topic 1)


The main programme of the conference starts at 14:00 with parallel sessions. There will be two sessions from Topic 1.1, “Biomass potentials and biomass production models”. The first oral session is 1AO.1 on “Territorial Biomass Assessment” which comprises case studies of territorial biomass assessment and mobilisation from around the world, including energy crops and residues in Colombia, abandoned lands for biomass monitoring and remote satellite imagery and guidelines for sugarcane straw removal in Brazil.

Finally on Monday afternoon starting at 16:20, session 1AO.7, on “Achieving Sustainable Biomass Potentials”, looks at global biomass potentials and sustainability constraints, including  global potential assessment of available land for bioenergy in 2050 taking into account food security limits and quantification of agricultural production potential in relation to food and biobased demands, as well as studies on climate impacts on mobilization of wood resources in France and giant reed potentials on marginal land in Italy.



The single oral session for Topic 1.2, “Agroforestry residues and by-products”, begins at 09:00 on Tuesday. Session 1BO.1 onAgricultural Residues for Energy Productioncovers agro-industrial residues for advanced biofuels, bioenergy carriers, heat and for soil amendment, including agroforestry residues for intermediate bioenergy carriers, suitability for advanced biofuel production in some European regions, scenarios for residual biomass supply chains, and phosphorus availability and efficiency of thermochemical treatments of bagasse-based fertilizers from co-processed biomass.

There are two oral sessions for Topic 1.3, “Biomass crops and energy grasses”. Beginning at 14:00 on Tuesday is session 1BO.5 on “Biomass on Marginal Land” will address land use change and environmental concerns over biomass and bioenergy production and how these have fueled research to support the production of biomass on marginal land. For example, production of oil crops on heavily metal contaminated soils and how marginal soils affect bioenergy feedstock yield and quality. The second Topic 1.3 session starting at 15:10, 1BO.9 on “Annual and Perennial Crops” looks at agronomic and environmental issues related to a range of annual and perennial biomass crops, potential and actual yield of African fodder cane on areas affected by biophysical constraints, the value of sunnhemp in temperate climates and the effect of varieties, sowing times and densities on camelina & crambe yields from the results of the Cosmos  project.

The single oral session for Topic 1.6, “Integrated biomass production for energy purpose”, begins at 16:20 on Tuesday. Session 1BO.13 on “Broadening Opportunities for Bioenergy Feedstock Production from Sustainable Agricultural Practices” addresses integrated biomass production for energy with emphasis on integration of bioenergy into farming systems and giving insights into how farming practices can improve by adopting bioenergy feedstock production, for example, an artichoke biorefinery for obtaining vegetable (artichoke heads) and a range of high-value chemical compounds, feeds and bioenergy, the use of land use for biomass feedstock production while maintaining biodiversity and landscape and identifying opportunities improving biomass recovery while achieving acceptable costs and meeting certification requirements and standards.



The single oral session for Topic 1.5, “Municipal and industrial wastes”, begins at 09:00 on Wednesday. In session 1CO.1, on “Valorization of Municipal and Industrial Wastes for Materials and Energy”, results from a range of research projects focused on the recovery and the valorization of municipal and industrial waste both materials and energy are presented. These include, water and nitrogen management in hydrothermal liquefaction of urban waste, analysis of energy recovery from domestic wastewater in Brazil, and evaluating the applicability of pulp production waste to concrete and concrete-like materials.

There will also be one visual/poster session on Wednesday afternoon. The session 1CV.4, from Topic 1.1, “Biomass potentials and biomass production models”, and Topic 1.6 “Integrated biomass production for energy purposes”, starts at 16:20. This session on Biomass Potentials and Integrated Biomass Production for Energy Purposes” presents case studies and methodologies for biomass resource assessment in different countries and regions of the world and covers a wide range of innovative applications of agricultural and forestry residues for energy use. Among others, these include rice husks, artichoke, vine prunings from the wine production process, vinasse, poplar and miscanthus.



There will be two visual/poster sessions on Thursday. The first session 1DV.1, jointly from Topic 1.2, “Agroforestry residues and by-products”, Topic 1.4, “Algae and aquatic biomass production systems”, and Topic 1.5, “Municipal and industrial wastes”, commences at 09:00. The session, with the title “Agroforestry Residues, Aquatic Biomass and Valorization of Wastewater for the Bioeconomy”, deals with a range of agroforestry residues from different countries, harvesting methods and properties of the biomass for subsequent conversion to energy, and includes a number of cases for the production, quality and use of biochar. The session addresses a wide range of both micro and macro algae, as well as other aquatic biomass, which offer a wide range of feedstocks for society to change towards a bio-based economy. The session also addresses the results from a range of research projects focused on the recovery and the valorization of municipal and industrial waste in terms of both materials and energy and approaches to wastewater treatment. Experimental trials, concept studies and assessments are included.

The second visual/poster session starting at 10:10 is from Topic 1.3, “Biomass crops and energy grasses”. Session 1DV.2 Decarbonising the Economy with Biomass Crops” brings together results from various agronomic, physiological and environmental focused research projects aiming towards decarbonizing economies at national and international levels through the use of biomass crops. Examples are given of biomass storage, crop production on heavy metal contaminated land, double cropping systems, the impacts of different forest management approaches on biomass quality and ground water level effects.