Feb. 9, 2010,
Stockholm, Sweden – More than 60 diplomats from 35 embassies attended the
"Afternoon Tea-view of World Bioenergy 2010" at the National Museum
of Science and Technology in Stockholm to learn more about Swedish and global
bioenergy. Discussions touched on how to move forward after COP15 in Copenhagen,
how COP15 will affect the global bioenergy community, and opportunities and
potential for modern bioenergy.
director general of the Swedish Energy Agency and conference chair of World
Bioenergy 2010 in Jönköping, remarked that Sweden has unique possibilities to
show modern bioenergy technologies at work in numerous locations. Taking
visitors "from know-how to show-how" is the key concept of World
Bioenergy and involves study tours and excursions to bioenergy sites throughout
Matthew Barzun from the U.S. Embassy gave his view of the Obama
administration's commitment to a global climate policy.
"In the global
climate debate, for many years we've been sitting on the bench, but now we're
part of the game. Our ambition is to take a leading role."
bioenergy industry has much to offer to meet the climate challenge, and the
potential for bioenergy is not generally known by politicians, media, or the
business community. To remedy this lack of information, the World Bioenergy
Association has produced the Global Potential of Sustainable Biomass
for Energy report.
According to Svetlana Ladanai of the Swedish University of Agricultural
Sciences, the report concludes that there is a potential to meet the total global
energy demand using biomass.
Gustav Melin of
Svebio and Jakob Hirsmark of Elmia invited everyone to participate in World
Bioenergy 2010 in Jönköping and asked the diplomats to spread the message about
Swedish bioenergy and World Bioenergy 2010 to their home countries, companies,
research institutions, and policy makers.