The 9th Stakeholder Plenary Meeting of the European Technology and Innovation Platform Bioenergy (ETIP Bioenergy) took place from 20-21 November 2019. It confirmed the many opportunities already available today to use sustainable biomass for supporting the clean energy transition in Europe. The event was complemented by the ADVANCEFUEL Workshop “RESFuels in transport sector decarbonisation” and the Final Forum of the ERA-NET CoFund BESTF3 with a focus on funding the scaling-up of advanced bioenergy technologies.
After some years of hesitation, the sector is now showing concrete signals of a renewed commitment both with new commercial industrial initiatives and in research and innovation.
1.5 years ago, at the previous stakeholder meeting, the discussion was still influenced by the uncertainties of the policy framework at that time. This year, with the RED II and the first delegated acts in place, it is very positive to see that technologies are finally getting to the market and new investments are starting to be announced, although some points of the legislation still need to be fine-tuned, said Patrik Klintbom, Chair of ETIP Bioenergy Steering Committee. There is a substantial amount of sustainable biomass available, the time for action is now and we need to bring all the technologies to the market. In order to succeed we must increase cooperation and join forces in research, innovation, scaling up and demonstration, he continued. Maria Georgiadou, European Commission DG RTD, emphasised that a vast portfolio of technologies and value chains is available to meet this target and the Commission through its various programs is working to provide the support that is still needed for all the technology readiness levels, to ensure that these solutions can deliver their expected contribution. In this regard, the bioenergy sector should take advantage of the synergies among the various EU tools that are and will be available in different forms, including not only the well-known Horizon 2020 and the upcoming Horizon Europe Programme, but also several other instruments such as the Investment Plan for Europe, the Structural Funds, the Digital Europe Programme, the Just Transition Fund, Invest EU, the upcoming Innovation Fund, and the EU Finance for Innovators.
The latest trends in advanced bioenergy technologies were presented during the two-day event. A whole session of the event explored the challenges and the possible solutions for broadening the biomass feedstock base for Europe. Moderated breakout sessions open to the participants were organised in order to collect stakeholders’ views and advice on what are the most important aspects of the sector which need to be addressed by the platform’s four working groups on biomass supply, conversion, end use, market and policy. The outcomes of the discussion will provide a valuable guidance to the ETIP Bioenergy Steering Committee as well as the Implementation Working Group 8 linked to the SET Plan in defining the priorities for the next activities and events.
The presentations of the 9th Stakeholder Plenary Meeting are available here.
FNR coordinates the H2020 project ETIP Bioenergy SABS 2 and was in charge of the preparation of the SPM9.
Duration of the project: 09/2018 – 08/2021
The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 825179.
FNR contact person: Thies Fellenberg