The last conference of the BioRes project took place on May 11th in Brussels. The event was organized in a premise of the Bavarian representative office in EU, in an exclusive location close to the European Parliament.
BIORES decided to organize its final conference as a contribution to the current debate on the future energy mix in the EU. In this sense, the conference had the title "Visions of bioenergy - the transfer of local initiatives in Brussels". The main question of the whole event was: How can the experience gained in the BIORES project be usefully applied in the current political context in the EU?
It is important to remember that bioenergy is the most important source of renewable energy in Europe and will play a key role in the future energy mix of the European Union. The bulk of bioenergy in Europe comes from wood residues that occur and are used locally, and therefore the development of bioenergy sector depends on the willingness of local communities to use them sustainably. Local examples presented at this conference highlighted the possibility of transfering what is in the European Directive on renewable energy into practice.
The conference was divided into the following five thematic blocks:
- Political vision on Bioenergy
- Influence of political enforce on local initiatives
- Visual tour though the BLTC Leoben in Austria (360◦ Video)
- Local projects and regional impact
- The transition from fossil fuels to bioenergy
Vojislav Milijić, vice president of SERBIO and manager of the BIORES project for Serbia held a presentation at the fifth thematic block. He presented the thesis why are logistic centers the response to the growing demand for wood biomass, both at local and regional level. He pointed out that logistic centers are not only dynamic, but at the same time simple and innovative, because they represent a healthy business model.
A large number of participants from all over Europe showed that bioenergy from wood is an important topic in countries that are not partners in the project. Participants from 28 countries showed a great need for information, knowledge sharing and active communication between people with experience in Europe and beyond. The conference was particularly instrumental in the exchange of knowledge between developed and less developed biomass markets, noting the obstacles and the common opportunities and chances.