Finding solutions for a greener tomorrow
Bioenergy is a promising source to generate more secure, sustainable, and renewable energy in Europe. The European Union intends to cut its combined greenhouse gas emissions by 8% from their 1990 levels by 2010, mainly by substituting renewable energy sources (RES) for fossil fuels. The EU also set a target to double the output of renewable energy sources from 6% to 12% by 2010. Bioenergy is predicted to make up the largest share of all RES in Europe mainly because it is constantly available and it can be stored.
The rapid and efficient development of bioenergy, from the harvesting of crops or waste through to developing end markets, has never been more important.
A new model for bioenergy research and development
Europe is a world leader in Bioenergy R&D but there's still room for improvement. Research is advancing chiefly within national borders. A recent, comprehensive survey by ERA Bioenergy indicates that 90% of bioenergy R&D in Europe is funded by national sources. While international and European partnerships are making some inroads, there is a need for committed integration of EU and Member Countries research programmes to take bioenergy research to the next level.
That's why the Bioenergy NoE was launched in January 2004 under the European Commissions' DG Research Sixth Framework Program. This new initiative moves beyond traditional networks and international collaborations to substantially integrate the activities and expertise of eight leading bioenergy institutes into a leading R&D Centre. By merging our expertise and activities we aim to improve the way bioenergy R&D is done in Europe.
By the end of the project we hope to grow our joint research activities into a Virtual R&D Bioenergy Centre that can spearhead bioenergy research in Europe. The centre will open its doors to collaboration with other R&D institutes to offer pan-European expertise to industry, government and communities. This will lead to the most technologically and economically efficient biomass and bioenergy industrial sector.
By working together we will accelerate the pace and efficiency of bioenergy R&D, build stronger bridges with industry, and help the EC to meet its goals for reduced greenhouse gases.