Session: Energy and forests

“What role for forest biomass in the Mediterranean energy mix?’’

Organization: COSE, REMUFOR, CTFC

Rapporteur: Mr. Joan Rovira  (Consorci Forestal de Catalunya)

Facilitator: Mr. denis Boglio (CTFC)

Background

Energy consumption in the Mediterranean is increasing and so is the need and demand for renewable energy sources. 

Forest biomass can be used to produce sustainably electricity and heat and can significantly contribute to the European and Mediterranean renewable energy mix, beside solar and wind power, helping to reach the Renewable Energy Directive 2020 target of a 20% renewable energy share. 

In 2010, in Europe, about 50% of all woody biomass was used for energy purposes (AEBIOM 2012), and 50% of total woody bioenergy was used by the residential sector, 25% by the wood industry and 25% by powerplants (UNECE-FAO 2012). According to the National Renewable Energy Action Plans, domestic supply of wood directly from forestry is expected to account for approx. 32% of the total heat and power generated with biomass by 2020 (IC et al. 2012). 

Promoting the use of forest biomass can contribute to rural development (creation of jobs, attenuation of rural exodus) and climate change mitigation (decrease in CO2 emissions from fossil fuels and carbon storage through sustainable forest management). 

However, ensuring a clean and sustainable energy source raises several challenges: the origin, quality and use of forest biomass must indeed be adequately framed and regulated to mitigate deforestation, land conversion, loss of biodiversity and air contamination.

“FOREST BIOMASS CAN BE USED TO PRODUCE SUSTAINABLY ELECTRICITY AND HEAT AND CAN SIGNIFICANTLY CONTRIBUTE TO EUROPEAN AND MEDITERRANEAN RENEWABLE ENERGY”

 

Objective

The objective of the session is to share different perspectives on forest biomass for energy generation, discussing the potential and limitations of its use and its role in the energy mix of Mediterranean countries, as well as the need for adapted policies, regulations and measures.

Methodology

The session consists of a round table including short oral presentations (10 min each) and a debate with the public. It will be followed by a coffee break (16:30-17:00) and a synthesis of all sessions of the day at the plenary (17:00-18:00).

Target audience

Experts from the energy sector, forest owners, biomass and heaters/boilers companies, policy makers (energy, rural development, forestry sectors), researchers, students, etc.

Contact

Mr. denis BOGLIO (CTFC) denis.boglio@ctfc.es

 

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