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13 April 2021

Sustainable forest bioenergy - Important building block to reach European Green Deal objectives?

Livestream on 13 April 2021 at 13.15-15.00 CET


A climate-neutral EU by 2050 is at the heart of the European Green Deal (EGD). An important milestone will be a revised and more ambitious 2030 EU climate target, which in turn will require the European Commission to present revisions of all relevant climate and energy legislations, including the Renewable Energy Directive (RED).

Forest-based bioenergy - consisting primarily of wastes and residues from forestry and forest industry, such as tops and branches, sawdust, and bark - are the main sources of EU bioenergy.

Important aspects to address are for instance:

    • How do we approach and assess different types of forest bioenergy sources?
    • What is the role for forest-based bioenergy in reaching multiple European Green Deal objectives?
    • To what extent will the existing criteria assure sustainable forest-based bioenergy in the future?
    • How can we assure predictability and transparency for investors?

The event is hosted by Pär Holmgren, Member of European Parliament (Greens), member of the ENVI Committee and substitute in the TRAN and AGRI Committees.


  •  Opening Address from today’s host
     MEP Pär Holmgren
  • The JRC report- main conclusions and potential policy implications
     Giovanni De Santi, Director Sustainable Resources, Joint Research Center, European Commission 
  • The upcoming RED revision – the Commission’s perspective
    Catharina Sikow-Magny, Director Green Transition and Energy System Integration, Directorate-General for Energy, European Commission
  • Advanced biofuels – we walk the talk
    Josefine Nilsson, Business Development Manager, Biorefinery, SCA. 
  • Forest-based bioenergy – threat or opportunity?
    NGO representative (TBC)
  • Discussion with the speakers
  • Closing remarks 
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