Publication of Guide on Biomass to Energy

The International Financial Corporation (World Bank Group) published a guide on biomass to energy, addressed to investors of the energy market. Enhancing access to power is a key priority for IFC and biomass is a crucial contributor in order to meet the energy needs in emerging countries.  Click here to read the full report.

The European Commission Urban Water Atlas for Europe

The Urban Water Atlas Europe published by the EC Joint Research Centre on April 2017, shows  how the different management choices as well as factors such as waste management, climate change and food preferences affect the long-term sustainability of water usage in more than 40 European cities. The atlas aims to encourage water conservation and inform citizens, local authorities and experts about good practices of an efficiently and sustainably water usage. The Atlas provides a City Blueprint tool and City Amberprint tool. A similar Atlas has been previously published on forest tree species and soil biodiversity.

Results from the public consultation identifying challenges for future Common Agricultural Policy

The Online Public Consultation on modernising and simplifying the CAP was launched on 2 February 2017 with the aim of collecting views from farmers, organisations and other interested parties on the current CAP and future changes. According to the results, the main goals of CAP should be: keep the status quo of a common agricultural policy managed at EU level; support farmers (in terms of increasing their incomes); as well as protect the environment, biodiversity and ensure sustainable use of pesticides and fertilisers.

Article 12 of the Statutes of the BBI JU (in the annex of the Council Regulation (EU) No 560/2014) amended for the call for proposals 2018

A discussion took place at ITRE Committee on the Commission’s proposal to amend the Council Regulation (EU) No 560/2014 of 6 May 2014 establishing the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking.  The BBI JU is due to operate for 10 years until 2024. The main issue of the regulation concerns the need to modify the financial contribution management to operational costs (art 12). According to the present regulation, the private sector (represented by BIC) is expected to give financial contributions for operational costs directly to the BBI JU budget (i.e. financial contributions at a programme level). As a result, many companies have no benefit from the projects being financed from such contributions by the BBI JU. The solution identified by the European Commission and BIC consists in allowing companies to deliver financial contributions also by making direct payments to other beneficiaries in the consortium (i.e. financial contributions at project level). Read the Parliament draft report here.
Rapporteur: Miroslav Poche (S&D, Czech Republic)

European Biomass to Power, 8-9 November 2017, Aarhus, Denmark

EUBIA is a supporting partner of the ACI’s 7th Annual European Biomass to Power conference, taking place on 8th & 9th November 2017 in Aarhus, Denmark.

The conference represents an excellent networking opportunity, as well as an occasion to get informed and discuss on the latest developments of the European biomass market. Case studies will be provided to give detailed examples of planning, finance and technology strategies employed for biomass co-generation projects.

A limited number of conference delegates will have the opportunity to visit Dong Energy’s Skaerbaek & Studstrup Power Stations on the 7th of November 2017, as well as the Biomass fired CHP plant in Lisbjerg and Verdo’s CHP Plant (KVR) on the 8th of November 2017.

Don’t miss this occasion and register now!

EUBIA’s members have a 20% discount for registrations taking place until 31st of July, and 15% of discount until the 25th of October. Contact us for more details. More information are available at the following linkand  website.

SALTGAE Project at the European Biomass Conference & Exhibition

Saltgae Project participated as an exhibitor at the European Biomass Conference and Exhibition held in Stockholm (Sweden) from 12th to 15th June.

Saltgae Project is a European project funded under H2020. It proposes an innovative, sustainable and efficient solution for the treatment of high salinity wastewater of the food industry by using halotolerant algae for the elimination of organic matter and nutrients.

This innovative solution is notable for its high added value. It not only provides an efficient and ecological solution for wastewater treatment, but also represents an innovative way to produce algae biomass, that can be then valued in different by-products.

Due to the fact that EUBCE has become an essential meeting point for the entire European Biomass value chain, the 19 partners of Saltgae project attended the exhibition in order to expose the latest developments in Saltgae technology.

Call for applications: Matchmaking Mission on Renewables

EUBIA will act as a supporting organisation to  Low Carbon Business Action (LCBA) Matchmaking Mission #8 – Renewables (solar PV, wind and biomass) to be held between 3-6 of October in Fortaleza-CE, Brazil.

Low Carbon Business Action is a European Union funded initiative aiming at engaging small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from Brazil and from the EU Member States through a series of business matchmaking missions to be held until December 2017.

The call for applications for the matchmaking mission on renewable energy (Solar Photovoltaic, Wind, Biomass) for October 3-6, is now open. Travel costs of selected SMEs will be 80% reimbursed. Apply here.

For more information please contact info@lowcarbonbrazil.com

Agrocycle poster presentation at EUBCE

On Monday 12 th  of June 2017, the AGROCYCLE project was presented by EUBIA during

the EUBCE poster presentation session. The presentation was focused on explaining the

scope of the project in providing sustainable agricultural waste valorisation pathways,

contributing to the EU target of reducing food waste by 50% by 2030.

Delegates from scientific research, industry and policymakers from 66 countries assisted

to more than 800 presentations from 3,800 authors and five workshops on different

subjects of the biomass sector.

The 25 th  European Biomass Conference and Exhibition event represented an opportunity

for knowledge exchange and discussions on latest scientific findings, industrial progress

and policy landscape shaping this sector. The conference opened with a discussion on the

indispensable role of biomass on the view of Paris Agreement.

The Final Report of the Sub Group on Advanced Biofuels has been approved by the Sustainable Transport Forum (STF) and published on the EU bookshop

This report provides a support to the European Commission in the elaboration of a methodology for the deployment of advanced biofuels. The study provided by the Sub Group on Advanced Biofuels, offers a simple and transparent definition for advances biofuels, reliable targets for deployment of advanced biofuels in EU market by 2030, updates the technology status of various value chains, and examines closely the production costs of advanced biofuels. The Sub Group on Advanced Biofuels also considers the proposals on decarbonising transport in the recast of the Renewable Energy Directive and provides proposals for improvements aiming to create a long term stable framework encouraging investments. Currently, the use of advanced biofuels as well as other renewable fuels is limited in the EU due to the higher cost compare to fossil fuels, which they aim to replace.

The Sub Group on Advanced Biofuels of the Sustainable Transport Forum is made of 32 industry experts representing all advanced biofuels value chains as well as the transport sectors of aviation, maritime and heavy-duty transport.

The work of the SGAB is being followed by the Alternative Renewable Transport Fuels Forum (ART Fuels Forum) that will be presented and discussed at the EUSEW Policy Conference, in Session “Advanced biofuels — the voice of the industry” on Thursday 22 June at 11.00-12.30, Charlemagne, Jenkins Room. Read the full report @ https://tinyurl.com/y72jwhtl

EUBIA Award 2017

The Board of Directors of EUBIA will present for the fifteenth time the EUBIA Award for the advancement of Biomass Industry. The winner is a representative who, in the opinion of the Selected Committee, has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the Biomass industry and its market.

It is with great pleasure that EUBIA, the European Biomass Industry Association, announces the winner of the EUBIA Award 2017.

The winner is the British company

Amec Foster Wheeler

 

At a glance some facts about Amec Foster Wheeler:

  • 160+ years of history, operating in more than 55 countries with around 35,000 people
  • Amec Foster Wheeler serves the Oil, Gas & Chemicals, Mining, Power & Process and Environment & Infrastructure markets globally
  • Offers consultancy, engineering, project management, operations and construction services, project delivery and specialised power equipment services to customers worldwide, in both the private and public sector

EUBIA addresses its Industry Award 2017 to Amec Foster Wheeler specifically for the following considerations:

  • Concern about climate change is a key factor for developing and implementing renewable energy solutions today, and the use of biomass in power generation can contribute significantly to reducing emissions of carbon dioxide.
  • Amec Foster Wheeler has contributed since 1970 in developing advanced Circulating Fluidized Bed, the CFB technology for solid biomass fuels.
  • The extensive development has resulted the CFB technology’s established position as a viable and efficient industrial, as well as utility-scale boiler technology.
  • The fuel flexibility of CFB technology allows the utilization of a wide range of renewable and waste fuels and fuel mixes, helping to reach a goal of reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
  • When power plant projects are considered, efficiency, environmental performance and lately also the operational flexibility, have become the key issues.
  • The continuous development work has resulted in establishing a leading position of Foster Wheeler in large-scale combustion technology with latest reference, 299 MWe newbuilt CFB boiler in Teesside, UK, firing wood pellets and chips with high efficiency and environment friendly.
  • The CFB technology has been proven to be capable of meeting these goals in utility boilers with specialised designs for biomass firing.

Our congratulations are addressed to Amec Foster Wheeler for their contribution to high efficiency CFB technology, that indicates lower fuel consumption and also lower levels of ash and air emissions, including lower emissions of carbon dioxide.

The EUBIA Award 2017 will be handed over to Patrik Sundqvist, acting on behalf of Amec Foster Wheeler.