Dr Christian Rakos, managing director of the Austrian Pellet Association, has been appointed president of the World Bioenergy Association.
Rakos, a physicist who spent his entire career in the renewable energy sector, will take over from Remigijus Lapinskas, who will step down as president of the World Bioenergy Association after four years. Rakos was the founding president of the European Pellet Association and is a board member of the Forum of Austrian Scientists for Environmental Protection and the Austrian Society for Environment and Technology. He is also active on the board of the Austrian Biomass Association and the Umbrella Association for Renewable Energy Austria.
“The sustainable use of bioenergy plays an important role in our fight against climate change,” said Rakos. “Using bioenergy based on modern technology and sustainable management has enormous potential. It is a great pleasure and honour for me to be able to contribute in this context. Promoting the transition to sustainable bioenergy use is my most important goal as the new president of the World Bioenergy Association.”
Former president, Remigijus Lapinskas, said: “Bioenergy plays an outstanding role among renewable energy sources and it is imperative to utilise all RE sources to overcome the challenge of decarbonising the energy sector.
“Bioenergy already provides clean and sustainable options for heating, electricity and transportation. Personally, for the past four years, I am glad to have been the president and help guide the mission of promoting sustainable development worldwide. I also wish my successor Christian Rakos all the best in his new role.”
Lapinskas will continue to serve as a board member for the association.