European Bioenergy DayBrussels – 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.

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Opening of the biggest biomass boiler house in UkraineThe biggest in Ukraine biomass boiler house with a capacity of 10.5 MW started working in Slavutych. The boiler house provides 40% of the city's demand in heat energy and hot water. Due to the transition to biofuels, gas savings in this heating season can reach 7 million cubic meters, and at least 4 million UAH.

Now the boiler house uses wood chips from state forestries as fuel, however, it is planned to plant around 1500 hectares of energy willow in the district to ensure sustainable supply of biofuel for the boiler house and a future bioCHP of 12.5 MWe and 29 MWth.

As a result of these projects, a"green" energy cluster will be created, and the city of Slavutych will be able to completely abandon the use of natural gas in the housing and communal services sector," said Ivan Nadein, founder of the Ukrteplo group of companies, owner of a biofuel boiler house.

According to him, the city authorities of Slavutych are interested in maximizing the use of renewable energy sources, thus completing the construction of bioCHP and planting energy willow Ukrteplo Group plans next year.

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Info Day Energy Crops for EnergyGoal: To demonstrate the economic efficiency of biomass energy plantations for energy production in Ukraine.

Target audience: agrarian companies, farmers, municipalities, business, state institutions.

Local communities are currently mostly dependent on fossil fuels, such as natural gas and coal, using these energy sources to generate heat. To stop this dependency while at the same time contributing to the development of the local economy can be energy such as biomass from plantations of specially grown energy crops. Low-yielding or abandoned land in regions at sustainable use can become a source of stable supply of biomass feedstock, for further use in local boiler-houses, supplying cheaper heat energy. Potential producers of such biomass can become local farmers, which have in stock most of the necessary equipment for growing energy plantations. Involving local farmers in the production of non-food biomass on low-yielding land will create a pool of producers of sustainable bioenergy raw materials for further convertion into energy or biofuels.

International project «FORBIO - Fostering sustainable feedstock production for advanced biofuels on underutilised land in Europe» is aimed at showing the viability of using land in the EU Member States for sustainable bioenergy feedstock production that does not affect the supply of food and feed, in addition to not interfering with land currently used for recreational and/or conservation purposes. Project activities and outputs set the basis for building up and strengthening local bioenergy value chains that are competitive and that meet the highest sustainability standards, thus contributing to the market uptake of sustainable bioenergy in the EU. (Read more at www.forbio-project.eu).

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We are pleased to announce the accession of a new UABio member - an individual: Galchynska Julia Mykolajivna, Ph.D., associate professor of the Marketing and International Trade Department of FAculty of Agricultural Management at the National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine (NUBIP). She is currently working on a doctoral dissertation in the area of bioeconomy and bioenergy. Member of the Ukrainian Marketing Association (UAM).

UABio proposals to Ukrainian Energy Strategy till 2035The Bioenergy Association of Ukraine has prepared a number of proposals for the Energy Strategy of Ukraine (ESU) by 2035 regarding the necessary measures for the implementation of the tasks defined in the ESU. Proposals were sent to the State Agency of Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine for the following submission to the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry, which is in compliance with the requirements of paragraph 2. Government Order dated August 18, 2017 No. 605 prepares a draft plan of measures for the implementation of the Energy Strategy of Ukraine for the period up to 2035.

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Field trip of FORBIO workshopOn September 21, 2017, within the framework of the FORBIO project, an excursion to the site of growing energy willow of the company "UkrAgroEnergo" took place. Plantation area is operated by Ukragroenergo LLC, subsidiary of Ukrteplo group of companies, which implements energy efficiency projects on fossil fuels substitution by such local fuels as wood pellets, briquettes, chips, straw etc. Ukrteplo has replaced more than 50 million cubic meters of natural gas in 16 regions of Ukraine, and converted to solid fuel approximately 100 boiler-houses.

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The mother plantations of willow are located at the area of 50 ha in Ivankiv region and were set in 2016 on the lands, which were abandoned 15 years ago, because of unsatisfying soil conditions (sandy, sandy loam soils) and bad economic conditions in the region.

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Семінар проекту FORBIO On September 20-21, in the framework of the International Conference "BIOMASS FOR ENERGY 2017", the FORBIO workshop "Prospects of sustainable feedstock production for advanced biofuels in Ukraine" was held.

International project «FORBIO - Fostering sustainable feedstock production for advanced biofuels on underutilised land in Europe» is aimed at showing the viability of using land in the EU Member States for sustainable bioenergy feedstock production that does not affect the supply of food and feed, in addition to not interfering with land currently used for recreational and/or conservation purposes. Project activities and outputs set the basis for building up and strengthening local bioenergy value chains that are competitive and that meet the highest sustainability standards, thus contributing to the market uptake of sustainable bioenergy in the EU. (Read more at www.forbio-project.eu).

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100% RES for UkraineOn September 20 2017 on the second day of the International Conference "BIOMASS FOR ENERGY 2017" a public presentation of the scenario of Ukrainian energy sector transition towards 100% of renewable energy sources by 2050 was held.

The developed for Ukraine scenarios were presented:

  • State enterprise "Institute of Economics and Forecasting of NASU" with the support of the Heinrich Böll foundation’s office in Ukraine;
  • NGO "Renewable Energy Agency" with the support of INFORSE Europe.
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Нідерландсько-український форум On September 19, the 1 st day of the International conference "BIOMASS FOR ENERGY 2017" hosted the Dutch-Ukrainian Forum "Biofuels Market in Ukraine: a Step to Energy Independence". The forum brought together about 70 participants, including representatives of agrarian companies, equipment and raw material producers, profile associations and academics. The Forum provided opportunities for bioenergy cooperation between Dutch and Ukrainian companies from the PIB Biobased Energy Ukraine consortium.

The Dutch consortium, Biobased Energy Ukraine (www.biobased-ukraine.nl) , is a public-private partnership of the Dutch renewable energy sector supported by the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The consortium participants are leading Dutch companies specializing in various aspects of the value added biobased production chain and renowned knowledge institutions. The Government of the Netherlands supports the partnership activities in Ukraine. The partnership invests, designs, supplies and advises for biobased energy projects in Ukraine (2015-2018).

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