Graz Declaration – The role of bioenergy in Europe after COP21

Europe has a specific responsibility to lead the way to a fossil free society. Technologies, know how, experience, capital, potential and positive examples are available as on no other continent. With a successful climate policy Europe could urge other continents to follow the European Example. Without European leadership no other continent will take the lead to implement COP 21 targets in time and the race against uncontrolled global warming will be lost globally. Given this background decision makers are urged to act accordingly.

Taking the opportunity of the the 5th Central European Biomass Conference held in Graz on January 18th, major biomass associations decided to unit and signed the `Declaration of Graz` as a guideline for the development of bioenergy in Europe towards 2030.

GRAZ DECLARATION – 4 parameters and 5 key measures

Key parameters

  1. Halving the use of fossil fuels by 2030
  2. Phase out fossil generated electricity
  3. A doubling of the final energy use of biomass
  4. A 2.5 fold increase of renewables

Key measures

  1. A general pricing on fossil CO2 emissions to progressively reach 100 euro/ton CO2
  2. A renewable heat strategy for district heat, industrial and residential heating
  3. Blending obligations for biofuels
  4. An integrated concept to mobilise biomass for energy
  5. Promoting integration of all renewables along with biomass for electricity generation


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