Τhe Biomass Counts campaign is an initiative launched by the European Biomass Association (AEBIOM) in December 2014. Bioenergy currently represents 60% of the EU’s total consumption of renewables. However, some decision-makers and citizens are still not fully aware of either the environmental, socio-economic, geostrategic potential of bioenergy or its great dynamism and innovation capacity. The main goal of this campaign is to set out and to balance the discussions on biomass use through various practical examples providing figures and stemming from projects developed all across Europe.
The second objective of the Biomass Counts campaign consists in explicitly presenting the needs of the bioenergy industry in order to guarantee a sustainable growth. This includes – among other things – the need for a EU strategy or action plan focused on the heating and cooling sector and the definition of legally binding, EU-harmonised sustainability criteria.
Amongst all the reasons that can explain why biomass counts, it has been decided to base the campaign on 4 key pillars emphasising the fact that biomass plays a unique role in a strong and competitive low carbon economy:
Each element of the Biomass Counts campaign will be publicly presented during the year to explore those themes and to have successful exchanges at EU level.
Many European partners and ambassadors have already joined the campaign. The list is regularly updated on this website. Buoyed by its first successes, the Biomass Counts campaign is going to be the object of national transpositions of the above-mentioned themes in the coming months by the AEBIOM-bound national associations. The aim is notably to give more visibility to bioenergy as COP21 is drawing near.
If you think that biomass is and will continue to be a vital component of the European energy mix in the medium and long term, do not hesitate to join us.