The European Bioenergy Day campaign aims to shed light on the increasingly central role sustainable biomass is playing in EU Member States’ energy mix in greening transport, industry and buildings, and in guaranteeing energy security .

It provides key facts on biomass and the bioenergy industry and celebrates people, projects and companies that are contributing to achieving European carbon-neutrality.

EU’s Annual Energy Consumption

Let’s spread Europe’s energy consumption across the calendar and count: In 2021, the EU27 relied 282 days on non-renewable energy from January 1st to October 8th. From October 9th, renewables provided for the remaining 84 calendar days with clean energy.

Bioenergy contributes with a staggering 49 days, which means that from November 13th to December 31st, Europe could rely on bioenergy only for all of its energy needs!

Bioenergy explained

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Bioenergy supports local economies

Bioenergy provides a lifeline for people and rural workers across Europe while preserving the EU’s energy autonomy and creates almost as many jobs as all other renewable energy sectors combined. As a leader in technological development, manufacturing and fuel production processes, bioenergy makes Europe resilient to global value chain disruptions and provides energy that is locally sourced. Bioenergy is a key pillar of the European economy.

 

Bioenergy helps sustainable forest management

The bioenergy sector works with the wood industry and forest owners to ensure that European forests maintain their biodiversity, vitality, and regeneration capacity by creating a market for forest residues, financing forest management and promoting a win-win biodiversity pathway.
Mobilising by-products from the forestry and agricultural sectors fosters circularity and avoids pollution, since these residues would otherwise decay and emit CO2 without being utilised. This approach promotes a circular economy.

Bioenergy is carbon neutral

Transforming biomass into energy does not increase CO2 levels in the atmosphere, because the same amount of carbon emitted when bioenergy is generated was previously taken from the atmosphere as crops and trees were growing.

Using biomass to produce heat and electricity keeps the carbon cycle closed, which means that CO2 absorbed from the atmosphere will be stored in wood materials before it will be released again. Europe needs bioenergy to fight climate change and reduce emissions.

 

Bioenergy provides alternatives to old polluting technologies

Air pollution is the single largest environmental health risk in Europe. The quality of the air we breathe, and the comfort of heating is becoming more and more important. The bioenergy industry is committed to provide and use low-emission, efficient technologies. By encouraging to switch to wood boilers with near to zero emissions, we are committed to decarbonise our economy and reduce harmful pollutants.

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European Bioenergy Day Partners

The European Bioenergy Day campaign is locally represented by over 30 national bioenergy associations and supported at EU-level by a dozen sectorial organisations involved in the development of bioenergy throughout the value chain:

About the campaign

The campaign is powered by Bioenergy Europe and relayed across Europe by both national and international partners supporting the belief that bioenergy is more than a renewable energy source, it is also a reliable path that will lead Europe to achieve its renewable energy transition in the shortest span of time.