October 20, 2015 – On the eve of COP21 negotiations, discussions on concrete options to mitigate climate change are a priority. In this regard, the European Biomass Association (AEBIOM) publicly releases its annual Statistical Report on October 20 th , with MEPs Miapetra Kumpula ‐ Natri (S&D, FI) and Benedek Jávor (Greens/EFA, HU) hosting.
Statistics confirm that, beyond myth, bioenergy has a lot to offer to Europe: little known, in 2015 bioenergy accounts already for more than 60% of all renewable energy consumed in EU28. When thinking of renewable energy, bioenergy may not come to one’s mind first. However “ today, bioenergy is by far the leading renewable energy source in Europe, accounting for 61,2 % of all RES energy consumed ”, explains Cristina Calderón, Publishing Director of the AEBIOM Statistical Report.
European countries committed in achieving their 2020 renewable energy targets are strongly relying on bioenergy – which represents more than 85 % of renewable energy in Eastern European countries such as Estonia, Poland or Latvia. AEBIOM reveals in its publication that the final energy consumption of bioenergy has almost doubled from 2000 to 2013 (reaching 105,1 Mtoe 1 ). This trend is set to continue and, according to Members States’ projections, the consumption of biomass for energy should increase by at least 33 Mtoe by 2020.
This prompted Jean ‐ Marc Jossart, AEBIOM Secretary General, to state that “ When it comes to renewable energy discussions, the key role played by bioenergy in Europe is often underestimated, compared to its actual contribution ”.