European biomass associations have come together and signed a new guideline for the development of “bioenergy in Europe towards 2030”.
The pledge is called ‘Declaration of Graz’ and was unveiled at the 5th Central European Biomass Conference in Graz, Austria.
The declaration has four parameters and five key measures.
- Halving the use of fossil fuels by 2030
- Phase out fossil generated electricity
- A doubling of the final energy use of biomass
- A 2.5 fold increase of renewables
- A general pricing on fossil CO2 emissions to progressively reach 100 euro/ton CO2
- A renewable heat strategy for district heat, industrial and residential heating
- Blending obligations for biofuels
- An integrated concept to mobilise biomass for energy
- Promoting integration of all renewables along with biomass for electricity generation
In a statement, the World Bioenergy Association, said: “Europe has a specific responsibility to lead the way to a fossil free society. Technologies, know how, experience, capital, potential and positive examples are available as on no other continent.
“With a successful climate policy Europe could urge other continents to follow the European example. Without European leadership no other continent will take the lead to implement COP 21 targets in time and the race against uncontrolled global warming will be lost globally. Given this background decision makers are urged to act accordingly.”
This story was written by Liz Gyekye, editor of Bioenergy Insight.