"The bioeconomy offers a unique opportunity for growth and job creation through the use of knowledge in many fields such as clean energy and biotechnology," said Anders Eldrup, Conference General Chairman speaking at the closing session of the conference.
"Maximizing the efficiency of utilization of our biomass resources is fundamental in order to achieve a sustainable bioeconomy," stated David Baxter, Technical Programme Chairman of the conference while introducing the main highlights of the EU BC&E 2013.
Forest carbon stock in the US and EU have increased over recent decades providing additional biomass resources. Furthermore, developments in traditional markets such as that of pulp and paper create more opportunities for bioenergy. The biomass potential is still largely untapped, however the actual availability of biomass feedstock might be much lower than the theoretical potential and some questions still remain open mainly concerning environmental sustainability.
Many advanced conversion processes are now in the stage of a large industrial demonstration phase or even an early commercial phase, i.e. 2nd generation biofuels, bio-oil from pyrolysis and torrefaction. Now that confidence to reach a commercial size has been achieved the main challenge is reducing costs factors. For this reason strong policy support at a European level will be crucial.
Background of the European Biomass Conference and Exhibition
For over 30 years now, the European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (European BC&E) has combined a very renowned international Scientific Conference with an Industry Exhibition. The European BC&E is held at different venues throughout Europe and ranks on top of the world's leading events in the Biomass sector.
It provides an high-level scientific programme and parallel events which attract participants from a wide ranging background: Researchers, engineers, technologists, standards organisations, financing institutions and policy and decision makers.
Such a global exchange platform of current knowledge in turn attracts industrial exhibitors, making the conference events a significant tool for technology transfer and innovation.
This event is supported by European and international organizations such as the European Commission, UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Natural Sciences Sector, The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, DEA Danish Energy Agency, WCRE - the World Council for Renewable Energy, EUBIA - the European Biomass Industry Association, Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster, Danish Bioenergy Industries Association, INBIOM Innovation Network Biomass, City of Copenhagen, Wonderful Copenhagen and other organisations.
The Technical Programme is coordinated by the European Commission, Joint Research Centre.
For one week Copenhagen hosted the global biomass community at the 21st European Biomass Conference and Exhibition. More than 1800 attendees from 66 countries discussed the status and the future of biomass for energy, materials and further bioeconomy applications in 360 keynote, plenary, oral and 400 visual presentations.