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On 23 February, Bioenergy Europe co-organised an event under the umbrella of the #EUIndustryWeek, entitled “Sustainable bioenergy: a circular approach to EU strategic autonomy and green transition.”

Almost 200 participants could learn more about industry and policy experts’ views on sustainable bioenergy across a variety of industrial sectors.

During the first part of the event, Luc Pelkmans (IEA Bioenergy) presented the perspective of bioenergy use in the industry, the decarbonization potential, and the alignment with decarbonization pathways of IEA. Eduardo Burgos (CIRCE) presented practical examples of bioenergy use in industry, with a particular focus on Horizon 2020 projects such as RE4Industry - 100% Renewable Energies for Energy which aims to support energy-intensive industries in their transition into renewable energy and prepare the EU industrial sector for this change.

Following the two introductory presentations, a panel debate with Anna-Liisa Myllynen (Stora Enso Wood Products), Carita Ollikainen (Valmet Corporation), and Mihkel Jugaste (Granuul Invest) presented among other topics the industry perspective on the use of sustainable bioenergy, highlighting successful examples of circularity, describing the challenges and opportunities for the complex bioenergy value chain, and how financial and legislative certainty can promote the ‘strategic autonomy’ of the EU industry, reinforce its resilience and contribute to the green recovery of the EU economy.


  • Anna-Liisa Myllynen, Head of Sustainability, Stora Enso Wood Products
  • Carita Ollikainen, Head of Corporate Relations, Valmet Corporation
  • Eduardo Cembrano Burgos, Head of the Industry and Energy Department, CIRCE – Research Centre for Energy Resources and Consumption 
  • Luc Pelkmans Technical Coordinator - IEA Bioenergy Technology Cooperation Partnership
  • Mihkel Jugaste, Head of Quality and Certification Systems, Graanul Invest
  • Moderation: Michal Dlugosz, Policy Officer, Bioenergy Europe






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