Organizations

World Bioenergy Association

Introduction:
The World Bioenergy Association (WBA) is an international NGO and non-profit association founded in 2008 in Stockholm, that represents the bioenergy sector globally. The organization works to promote the use of sustainable bioenergy which includes Biomass, Biofuels, and Biogas. The secretariat of WBA is in Stockholm. The World Bioenergy Association (WBA) is an international NGO and non-profit association that represents the bioenergy sector globally. The organization works to promote the use of sustainable bioenergy which includes Biomass, Biofuels, and Biogas. The secretariat of WBA is in Stockholm. The WBA is open to any discussion regarding bioenergy sustainability. The main challenge is to humanity and the cause of this challenge is global climate change. World Bioenergy Association is the GLOBAL VOICE OF BIOENERGY.

Aim:
The purpose of WBA is to promote the increasing utilization of bioenergy in an efficient, sustainable, economical and environmentally friendly way.
Objectives and Mandates:
● To work for increased use of biomass in the global energy system in the markets for heat, electricity, and mobility.
● To follow the principles of sustainable, efficient and economic biomass development.
● To influence and inform the public opinion in favor of sustainable biomass solutions worldwide and in individual countries.
● To promote bioenergy as an important player in the global climate mitigation policy
● To cooperate with global institutions such as UNEP, UNFCCC, IPCC, IEA, IEA Bioenergy, IRENA, REN Alliance, FAO, REN 21, etc. towards the target of 100% Renewable

Work:

Main areas: Biomass potential, the sustainability of biomass, pellets, small scale heat with biomass, combined heat, and power, conventional & advanced biofuels, biogas, carbon the neutrality of biomass, bioenergy statistics, biomass trade, bioenergy policy, traditional biomass.

Main activities: Fact sheets, statistics, position papers, policy reports, workshops, equipment directory press-releases, networking, presentations in conferences & exhibitions.

Affiliations:
● Since 2009 the WBA has been a member of the International Renewable Energy Alliance (REN Alliance) is made up of 5 international organizations representing the Wind, Solar, Geothermal, Hydro and Bioenergy industries.
● The WBA is also represented on the steering committee of REN21.
● The WBA is an association of practical steps and actions. During the COP24 in Katowice, Poland held its first Global Bioenergy Forum.
● In early May 2019, WBA organized a mission trip to Georgia, USA, with the delegation consisting of different WBA members—associations, companies, and research organizations—aimed to learn about theory and practice of forestry and biomass production in the southeastern U.S.

Recent Developments:
● Sustainable palm oil development: All bio-resources can be converted into useful energy i.e., heat, electricity and biogas and non-energy i.e., organic fertilizer and fiber products. It is worthwhile to use palm oil wastes or residues for the production of value-added products. Otherwise, they contribute to methane emissions, one of the most potent greenhouse gases (GHG). Modernization of palm oil agro-industries using biomass residues is important when it comes to improving resource efficiency and climate gains. This not only helps to meet the renewable energy targets but promotes the cost competitiveness of palm oil industries. Efficient palm oil supply chains should be investigated to harness the full potential of the palm oil sector, including technologies, costs, and alternative products.
● Olive Pomace Gasification: There are many advantages resulting from this new model for the valorization of olive sector byproducts in relation to other systems as combustion. It is based on a modular technology and is adaptable to different industries, depending on thermal and electrical demands.
● The World Bioenergy Association (WBA) organized a delegation from Europe and around the world to the American State of Georgia from April 29 to May 3, 2019. The delegation was comprised of bioenergy researchers, equipment manufacturers, consultants, civil society, and project developers. The purpose of this Mission to the U.S. was to connect local and global stakeholders to discuss issues related to pellets, forestry, sustainability, etc., and to understand the successful development of forestry and the forest products sector in Georgia.
● The WBA is an association of practical steps and actions. During the COP24 in Katowice, Poland, we held our first Global Bioenergy Forum, where the development of solid biomass for heat and electricity, liquid biofuels for transport, and biogas in Poland and globally were discussed.
● The first Lithuanian-Polish Bioenergy Conference (open to all interested parties from around Europe), under the flag of the WBA and with support from the ministries of the energy of both countries and efforts from the national Polish and Lithuanian bioenergy associations took place on June 4 in Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital. This event marked another small but important step toward faster renewable energy development in the region and acts as more proof of WBA’s leadership in this business sector.

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