18.01.2017 - 20.01.2017
Austria, Graz

The World Climate Treaty – a tremendous opportunity for the biomass industry. Bioenergy in central Europe is a recipe for success for households, businesses, the environment, the timber industry, agriculture and forestry and municipalities – a recipe that may be stepped up and rolled out around the world. The regional use of biomass helps to cut CO2 emissions, the reduction of purchasing power and dependence on fossil fuels; it also creates additional jobs. The Central European Biomass Conference intends to bring all protagonists together from all the sectors where bioenergy is employed regionally and to generate new impetus for the energy transition on the basis of previous experiences and current technological developments.

Many winners
17 % of the energy used in Austria and 57 % of renewable energies are created with biomass. Households and businesses have in recent years been able to almost halve their energy bills through the use of firewood, woodchips and pellets while the timber industry has been able to significantly reduce its carbon footprint and energy costs by utilizing bark and lye and extend its product range through the introduction of pellets, briquettes and renewable electricity. The forestry sector has – thanks to revenues generated from types of wood with previously weaker demand – been able to intensify its forest-management and -protection measures.

The bioenergy sector‘s leading event
With more than 1,100 participants from all over the world, the three-yearly Central European Biomass Conference is one of the world‘s leading industrial meetings and the top event for the bioenergy sector in central Europe.
The ‘Home Building’ trade fair, which will be taking place at the same time and which is expecting around 40,000 visitors to attend, traditionally focuses on energy provision in the building sector and is a great event to complement the conference.
Planned highlights of the 5th Central European Biomass Conference include events organized by the International Energy Agency and the World Bioenergy Association. The 5th Central European Biomass Conference is staying abreast of these developments by focusing its efforts for 2017 particularly on the following aspects:

Sustainability at regional and national scale and sustainability considerations for different value chains
Biomass-combustion-based grids and hybrid systems and lowest-emission biomass combustion systems
Advanced technologies for the realization of a biobased economy
Policies, markets and consumer attitudes
Heat and electricity from biomass
Fuel characterization and quality assurance

The gap between theory and practice is to be bridged by an extensive programme of excursions and an industrial forum. Separate industry days will be dedicated to the fields of biogas and pellets. Sufficient scope for networking will be created by an extensive accompanying programme with social meetings and a matchmaking event.
We are looking forward to welcoming you to the 5th Central European Biomass Conference.


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