Bioenergy sustainability: the key for sector growth in the coming decades

Giulia Cancian, policy director at Bioenergy Europe, looks at the future of bioenergy sustainability.

The year 2020 marks the arrival point of the so-called 20-20-20 Strategy and the starting point at which to establish what the next decade’s energy mix will look like. Pressured by climate activists, citizens and global mass protests, EU decision-makers embraced an unprecedented focus on the climate emergency and sustainable growth.

The resulting effect was the principles laid down by the European Green Deal in late 2019. The European Green Deal was introduced as the European ‘man on the moon moment’. Undoubtedly, such comparison appeals to the imagination.

The key difference, however, is that the achievement of carbon neutrality in the EU by 2050 won’t be a single spectacular event, but rather a lengthy journey. The policy agenda designed today will determine the framework in which we will operate for the next two decades. If the EU wants to stand a chance in hitting its climate and energy targets, it needs to invest in technology innovation and digitalisation, while fully deploying the potential of...

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