Meeting on the future of biomass for energy
With the COP 21 climate change conference behind us, policymakers in France and around the globe are rallying to respond to pressing environmental issues, including more efficient conversion of biomass to energy. The broader goals are to work toward a carbon-free economy, while creating value and local jobs.
The French government has rolled out a number of policies, including the Energy Transition Act for Green Growth, the National Low-carbon Strategy, the Multi-year Energy Program, the Industrial Renewal Plan, the National Research Strategy, the National Strategy for Biomass Use, the National Bioeconomy Strategy, and the National Forestry and Wood Program.
And France presents a number of advantages in the race for a position at the top of the global biomass-to-energy market.
The meeting looked at the potential of the various biomass-to-energy industries; the technological, economic, and societal challenges to be overcome; the conditions required for the industry to take root; and case studies of successful biomass initiatives.
To compare and contrast the viewpoints of a broad range of biomass stakeholders and the different organizational models, ANCRE (France’s national alliance for coordinated energy research), Axelera, and Tenerrdis co-hosted a meeting on the future of biomass for energy on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at IFP Energies Nouvelles in Solaize. The participants discussed the organization of the biomass-for-energy industry and the outlook for businesses, taking the case of forestry biomass as an example.
The meeting was attended by around 130 people and featured introductory remarks by Didier Houssin, President of ANCRE and CEO of IFP Energies Nouvelles; Bruno Locqueville, Deputy Director of DRAAF, the food, farming, and forestry division of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes regional government; and Laurent Michel, Director General for Energy and Climate at the French Ministry of the Environment, Energy, and Oceans. The program continued with:
- A presentation of the GP1A study on organizational models for the biomass-to-energy industries (CEA-IFPEN-INRA-Irstea)
- An update on the latest research, from new knowledge to access to biomass resources
- A talk on the role of incentive policies
- Two panel talks, one on industrial models from small boilers to major projects; and another on the appropriate organizational model for optimal supply
- Brief pitches by seven innovative Axelera (Barriquand, deltalys, Enertime, PACT-SNZ) and Tenerrdis (Agroenergy, Sintegra, IED) member SMBs
- Closing remarks by Frédéric Ravel, Head of Energy, Sustainable Development, Chemicals, and Processes at the French Ministry of Education, Higher Education, and Research; and Hervé Durand, Deputy Director for Corporate Economic and Environmental Performance at the French Ministry of Food, Farming, and Forestry