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EUBCE 2016 – An Award Winning Conference!
It is expected that bioenergy could make up half of the world renewable energy mix by 2050. It is also expected that, by then, the implementation of the bio-based economy will be well underway, with the integration of biorefining in the biomass value chains.
To find pathways to reach such an ambitious goal, over 1,400 members of the biomass and bioenergy community got together in early June, at the 24th European Biomass Conference, in Amsterdam.
I was lucky enough to be among them for those four days. During that time, I got to see some very interesting presentations, panels and workshops, in themes that ranged from biomass production, mobilization and supply chain to energy conversion, economics, markets and sustainability.
While in last year’s EUBCE a lot was said about the need to achieve sustainability in bioenergy, this year’s edition was much more optimistic in this area. The many advances in the research in bioenergy with carbon capture and storage is a major factor in this regard. Also, the continuing search for improvement in biomass mobilization and supply chains is critical to ensure zero or negative emissions. As these issues are advancing, the challenge now is educating the public and policy makers that bioenergy and bio-based products can and should be supported as part of the strategy for a cleaner energy mix.
For me personally, it was great to see many of Elsevier book authors and editors there. Many of whom were not only presenting, but also chairing several sessions, organizing workshops and taking part in the conference’s scientific committee.
One of the top highlights was professor Jack Saddler, co-editor of Mobilisation of Forest Bioenergy in the Boreal and Temperate Biomes, receiving Linneborn Prize 2016 for his contributions to the development of energy from biomass.
In addition to some of the most widely-recognized experts in the field, I was glad to see many up and coming researchers, including a few in very early stages of their careers, presenting at oral and poster sessions. It proves the ability of the biomass and bioenergy community to engage young minds who can build upon the brilliant work that has been done so far.
I left Amsterdam with high expectations. The drive of the biomass and bioenergy community is just as unrelenting as always. And now, as I look back at my time there, I have to say I still look forward to the future of the field just as much as I did then.
You can find some more highlights of the conference here.
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