Open letter: “Let bioenergy make a decisive contribution”

In anticipation of REPowerEU contactsAnd More than 500 bioenergy value chain companies have written to European Commission President von der Leyen, Vice-President Timmermans, and Commissioners Simpson and Breton, calling for a comprehensive approach in identifying the way forward to end energy dependence on Russian gas.The letter represents a firm reaction from the sector after REPowerEU’s proposal in mid-March that completely ignores sustainable bioenergy as part of solutions to effectively eliminate the EU’s dependence on Russian gas before 2030. This ominous lack of vision runs counter to the indisputable role of biomass in Promoting the penetration of renewable energy sources and achieving a Zero-Economy by 2050 as recently emphasized by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the International Energy Agency as well as scientists from the International Bioenergy Agency.

CEOs and high-level representatives of the European bioenergy and biofuels value chain, mostly SMEs and family-owned businesses, are urging EU leaders to rethink their plan and include biomass, a readily available solution, among the answers to the current energy security and energy price crisis .

In the letter, the companies wrote: “We are concerned about the lack of visibility within the EU Commission’s REPowerEU proposals that do not include solutions that can deliver a rapid reduction in [Russian gas dependence], such as a range of bioenergy applications, waste for energy, and district heating. ”

Emphasizing the current and future role of bioenergy for society as a whole, the signatories said: “The European bioenergy sector is a world leader in renewable technologies with more than 800,000 jobs and more than 50,000 companies across the value chain.”

Furthermore, the speech highlights how “bioenergy is readily available and can be deployed quickly, often at low cost. For example, in district heating, the shift from fossil fuels to biomass and waste has reduced costs and emissions in many countries.For residential and commercial buildings, pellet briquettes or wood chip heating provide a clean and efficient alternative to gas and oil.”

Bioenergy, which has legally binding sustainability criteria […]In addition to addressing our energy security, […] It can also achieve our climate goals, which is not the case for all the options on the table.”

European policymakers cannot doubt the role of bioenergy. We, the leaders of Europe’s bioenergy and utilities industry, call on our political leaders to allow us to contribute. Together, we can promote sustainable bioenergy use in Europe to replace imported coal, oil and gas and ensure a mix of renewable energy.”

Jean-Marc Gossart, Secretary-General for Bioenergy Europe, said: “This unprecedented call by the bioenergy sector sends a strong signal to the European Commission. There are serious contradictions between the goals set by the European Commission and the way it defines strategies to achieve them. It is inexplicable to see such abandonment of the role of sustainable bioenergy in reducing the EU’s dependence on the import of Russian fossil fuels. Market players are baffled by the lack of insight that was articulated with the presentation of the REPowerEU strategy in mid-May. Beyond energy stability and security in Europe, the EU needs bioenergy to achieve its environmental and long-term energy goals.”

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