The Baltic Sea region has everything it takes to become a global leader in sustainable biomass production and the biomass value-chain. We have a large concentration of biomass, well-developed infrastructure, technological and environmental knowledge and a long tradition for cooperation across the region. We can set ambitious goals! This was the final conclusion of a Nordic-Baltic biomass conference in Copenhagen on March 21st.
The conference looked at the possibilities ahead for the production and use of biomass in the context of The European Commission's action plan, "Innovating for Sustainable Growth: a Bioeconomy for Europe"
The conference, organized by the Nordic Council of Ministers on March 20-21, highlighted the challenges of securing a sustainable production and use of biomass in the development of bioenergy.
A recent report from the Nordic Council of Ministers shows that the changing climate may lay the grounds for surplus bioenergy production in the Nordic-Baltic region, which can then be exported to the rest of Europe.
The conference looked at the possibilities ahead for the production and use of biomass in the Baltic Sea Region in the context of The European Commission's strategy and action plan, "Innovating for Sustainable Growth: a Bioeconomy for Europe.
- We need to explore how to transform the increased demand on bioenergy into sustainable solutions in the entire value chain from biomass to bioenergy. We want to pool forces and bring together public and private players in closer partnerships. And at the same time we want to contribute to the overall ambitions in the European Union’s Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region to promote sustainability and prosperity, said Halldór Ásgrímsson, Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers in his opening speech.
He stressed the role of the Nordic Council of Ministers as a network organization and welcomed the fact that the conference included participants from governments, research, business and civil society.
The outcome of the conference is a concrete proposal on establishing a Horizontal Action within the European Union’s Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. Later this year a series of stakeholder workshops on biomass are planned to take place around the Baltic Sea region.