President of the World Bioenergy Association
World Bioenergy Association
Heinz Kopetz, Austria, is president of the World Bioenergy Association, since 2012. In 2013 he also served as chairman of RENAlliance, a network of the global industry associations of renewable technologies such as wind, solar, hydro, geothermal and bioenergy.
Heinz Kopetz, graduated from the University of Life Sciences in Vienna and the Iowa State University, USA in economics (1966). After his studies he served as managing director of an agricultural agency in Austria. In the eighties he developed the concept of the farmer as energy producer and implemented financial and educational programs in this field. In this time he also founded the Austrian Biomass Association, was engaged in the deployment of district heating systems using biomass and started the first programs of short rotation forestry in Austria.
During his professional career he was engaged in different positions related to energy, e.g. as member of the supervisory board of a public utility for electricity and district heating, as chairman of the European Biomass Association (AEBIOM) or as member of the advisory committee for Energy of the European Commission.