Brussels – Under embargo until November 21st 2017
Renewables are expected to provide Europe with 66 days’ worth of renewable energy in 2017, with as much as 41 days provided by bioenergy alone. Bioenergy has reached an all-time high in Europe – which is great news in light of the alarming announcements made by scientists on climate change at COP23. Because of this, a new information campaign, the ‘European Bioenergy Day’, aims at raising awareness on bioenergy’s pivotal role in the renewable energy transition.
While most Europeans support the transition towards renewables, they often lack a clear understanding of where the EU stands in this process. Take the example of bioenergy: biomass is on its way to surpassing European coal production to become the first indigenous European energy source – but this remains difficult to gauge. Bioenergy is also Europe’s first source of renewable energy, yet this is far from common knowledge.
To help better understand bioenergy’s role in renewables in a meaningful and engaging way, the European Biomass Association (AEBIOM) has launched a new campaign that is relayed in over 20 European countries thanks to the support of 30 national associations and a dozen international trade federations. The “Bioenergy Day” campaign makes use of original analogies to explain where the EU stands in the development of renewables, and in particular, bioenergy. Spreading the projection for Europe’s energy demand in 2017 across the calendar year makes it clear: Europe is still relying heavily on fossil fuels and nuclear for the first 299 days. Renewables follow with 66 days of clean energy, with bioenergy accounting for 41 days, starting on November 21st until the end of the year. This is the symbolic date that AEBIOM has chosen to celebrate the ‘Bioenergy Day,’ and the positive news is that since the introduction of the Renewable Energy Directive in 2008, this date has never been so early. This encouraging outcome will be warmly celebrated during the European Bioenergy Future Conference, taking place in Brussels on November 21st and 22nd 2017.