Technology Innovations: Biomass
Day: Tuesday, 6th October 2015
Time: 14:30 – 16:00
Room: Hall 1B
Bioenergy is an important and versatile energy source. Globally, bioenergy accounted for 14% of final energy consumption in 2012 with roughly 2.6 billion peoplestill depending on traditional biomass for their energy needs.
Significant developments are occurring globally in the use of biomass for producing heat, electricity and transportation fuels. In the future energy mix, bioenergy is expected to play a crucial role in ensuring energy security, generate local employment and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions assuming that strong, cross-cutting policies supporting these goals are implemented to insure integrated planning. To realise the full potential of biomass, it is crucial to address issues related to sustainability. It is important to clarify that the sustainable development of bioenergy can lead to improving land management practices, ensuring community’s food supply, increasing afforestation and protecting biodiversity.
In Sub-Saharan Africa, the optimisation of traditional biomass and the uptake of modern biomass are occurring at a rapid pace across the region for a wide variety of uses. Industrial energy users who rely on consistent and affordable power and heat to remain competitive are upgrading their systems to provide more autonomy, reduce reliance on the national grid and in many cases tackle their waste streams at the same time.
Questions to be addressed by the session
- What can be done to promote collaboration between government and private sector on the collection and dissemination of local and national bioenergy data?
- Where do you see the role of governments to help entrepreneurs secure funding for early stage project development costs that will ensure more bankable projects get implemented?
- Whose responsibility is sustainability and where are the dividing lines of that responsibility?
- What are the key technical and economic barriers in realizing the full potential of bioenergy in the African subcontinent and how to overcome the challenges?
- What will governments in Africa be looking forward to at COP21 in Paris as they only emit approximately 3-4 % of the world’s GHG?
- Ms. Meghan Sapp, Secretary General, Partners for Euro-African Green Energy (PANGEA), Belgium
- Dr. Heinz Kopetz, President, World Bioenergy Association
- Dr. Benard Muok, Director of Program, African Centre for Technological Studies, Kenya
- Mr. Gerard J. Ostheimer, Global Lead, SE4ALL Sustainable Bioenergy High Impact Opportunity, United States
- Mr. Sean Thomas, CEO, Bio2Watt, South Africa
- Mr. Mark Tiepelt, Chairman, Southern African Biogas Industry Association (SABIA), South Africa
- Mr. Michael Wild, President, International Biomass Torrefaction Council (IBTC), Belgium
Closing remarks: Hon Ms. Tina Joemat-Pettersson, MP, Minister of Energy, South Africa (tbc)