Harri-LaurikkaLast year was a super year for European energy policy in general and particularly for bioenergy as the European Commission laid out several important proposals. This year these proposals will be negotiated in the Council and in the Parliament.

In the end of January, the Parliament kicked off the discussions on the legislation on land-use, land-use change and forestry (“LULUCF”). This is an important legislative file for the bioeconomy sector, as it will determine how the use of wood for different purposes – including for bioenergy – is accounted for in the EU 2030 climate and energy package.

Another important policy file for the bioenergy sector in 2017 is the Commission proposal for renewable energy directive beyond 2020, which includes a number of critical issues related to bioenergy used in the EU area, such as:

The Nordic Baltic Bioenergy Conference that will take place in Helsinki March 29-31 provides an excellent forum for all market players and stakeholders interested in the Nordic and Baltic countries’ markets and technologies to discuss the policy proposals above and market developments.

In the opening session, we will have Mr. Giulio Volpi from DG Energy explaining the commission proposals. Mr. Lauri Hetemäki from the European Forest Institute will present latest research around the hot topic of the year – the carbon neutrality of biomass. President of the World Bioenergy Association, Mr. Remigijus Lapinskas will expand the perspective beyond EU borders and provide the global perspective. Mr. Ilkka Herlin – a well-known business man in Finland as the Chairman of the Board of Cargotec, Baltic Sea Action Group Foundation, Soilfood and now also Qvidja Power – will provide his view on how we should rethink biogas. Finally we will learn from two established companies on how to ensure sustainability of biomass. Mr. Kofod Kristensen from DONG Energy and Mr. Wennerström from Fortum will explain their thinking.

In the afternoon, we will hear from Svebio’s managing director, Mr. Gustav Melin, how to design more clever energy policy and the related benefits. Mr. Michael Persson will provide an overview on the bioenergy sector in Denmark and Mr. Moxham will explain the case for biomass-fired electricity. Finally, we will have a presentation from the President of the European Biomass Association, AEBIOM, Mr. Didzis Palejs, followed by a panel of Nordic and Baltic policy-makers.

And on the second day – after a relaxing dinner with peers – we will have much more presentations in six parallel sessions.

Come and join us at the end of March!

CEO, Dr. Harri Laurikka, The Bioenergy Association of Finland,, tel. +358-40-1630 465