In his list of five key priorities for the European Union, the Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker expressed his willingness to make EU the world’s number 1 in renewable energies. In order to achieve this goal the bioenergy sector will have to play a leading role. In fact today bioenergy already accounts for more than 50% of EU renewable energy consumption. Heat and electricity from biomass amounted to around 85,5 Mtoe in 2012 and would amount to 110 Mtoe in 2020 according to Members states projections. This share is expected to be maintained in 2020 contributing to half of the EU targets regarding both emissions reduction and renewable energy share of gross final energy consumption.
In this context, it will not be possible to reach the European 2030 and 2050 climate and energy objectives without increasing the use of bioenergy. Beside this unique role in the future European energy mix, biomass offers also considerable advantages when it comes to the EU’s energy security, affordability and sustainability priorities. Here are the 4 key reasons explaining why biomass counts and should continue to count: