Mobilisation of forest bioenergy: Green dream or reality?

Event at EUBCE 2016

  • Thursday 9 June 2016
  • 09:00 – 12:00
  • Room: G 105

Renewable energy roadmaps of various international energy and climate change agencies suggest that the amount of modern bioenergy in the future global energy mix needs to increase significantly to replace the use of fossil fuel and traditional biomass.

Countries with mature forestry sectors from the boreal and temperate biomes are expected to play an important role in the mobilisation of forest biomass and contribute to reach the targets set by international agencies.

Recent research of IEA Bioenergy has identified a series of opportunities and solutions for increasing mobilisation of forest bioenergy related to biomass procurement practices, supply chain logistics, bioenergy conversion technologies, environmental sustainability, policy and socio-economic aspects of bioenergy supply chains. However, it remains to be seen how realistic, feasible, practical and applicable in various contexts those solutions will be for reaching the global bioenergy targets described in future energy scenarios and roadmaps.

Organised by IEA Bioenergy Task 43 and the SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub in this event a number of challenges, key opportunities and innovative solutions for forest bioenergy mobilisation will be discussed by experts from academia, government and industry.


9:00 – Welcome remarks

9:05 – Presentation on issues
Evelyne Thiffault, Laval University, Canada

Theme 1: Forest biomass availability: can we trust predictions?

9:20 – Statements:

Martin Junginger, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Matthias Dees, University of Freiburg, Germany
Patricia Thornley, University of Manchester, UK
Göran Berndes, Chalmers University, Sweden

9:40 – Discussion (plenary)

Theme 2: Will forest bioenergy end up on the right or wrong side of the environmental debate?

10:15 – Statements:

Francesco Cherubini, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Annaliza Bais, Alpen-Adria Universtity, Austria
Carly Whittaker, Rothamsted Research, UK
Benoît Gabrielle, AgroParisTech, France

10:35 – Discussion (plenary)

Theme 3: Technological learning: can forest bioenergy late-comers learn from bioenergy whizz kids? 

11:10 – Statements:

Ken Van Rees, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Jean-Michel Lavoie, Sherbrooke University, Canada
Uwe Fritsche, International Institute for Sustainability Analysis and Strategy, Germany
Christiane Hennig, DBFZ-German Biomass Research Centre, Germany (tbc)

11:30 – Discussion (plenary)

11:55 – Concluding remarks
Mirjam Röder, University of Manchester, UK

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