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The Future Role of Bio-energy from Tree Biomass in Europe

Location Vienna, Austria
Date 06 - 11 November 2011
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The Directive on the promotion of energy from renewable sources (RES-D; Directive 2009/28/EC) sets a binding target for the EU to achieve a 20 % renewable energy share by 2020, in which the largest contribution is expected to come from biomass from agriculture, forestry and waste for heat and power generation as well as transport fuels.


In 2011, the Year of the Forests, the COST-ESF High-level Research Conference will contribute to understanding bio-energy drivers, options and impacts on forest growing, management and production of traditional goods and services in the future.


The scientific programme will focus on:

  • obstacles to achieve the 20-20 goal
  • role of forest biomass in comparison to other renewable forms of energy
  • competition for land (forest vs agriculture)
  • competition for biomass (against pulp and paper)
  • potential emission reduction (expected effect of bio-energy)
  • cascaded utilization of wood products


  • a proposal for FP7 funding
  • a document summarizing the state of knowledge at the end of 2011 on forests as providers of bioenergy
  • exposure of young scientists to the best current research and strategic opportunities for the future
  • exchange between policy makers and researchers and industry who will be important in deciding the future of Europe’s Forests


The conference will feature lectures by invited high-level speakers, short talks by young and early stage researchers, poster sessions and open discussion periods as well as a forward look panel discussion about future developments.

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Chaired by

Niels Elers Koch - President of IUFRO; University of Copenhagen, DK

Co-Chaired by

Rolf Björheden - Skogforsk Uppsala, SE
Elspeth MacRae - Scion, NZ
Peter Mayer - BFW, AT
Dominik Röser - Chair of COST Action FP0902; METLA, FI

Contact Information

Antje Teegler
Conference Officer
COST Office
Avenue Louise 149
1050 Brussels
Tel. +32 2 533 3857
Fax +32 2 538 8486