Strategic tools towards a sustainable use of biomass for low carbon domestic heating

BB-Clean participates on joint BOOSTEE-CE x BB-Clean event in Slovenia, 18th of October 2019

The event was organized as international training aimed at different target groups (municipal staff, public building operators, urban and energy planners, citizens and researchers), increasing knowledge on energy efficiency in public buildings. The event presented a great opportunity for a synergy session, where common interests and goals of both projects were emphasized. For BB-CLEAN partners if offered possibility to emphasize on an aspect of the building use, that is often overlooked, which is pollutants resulting from biomass burning. Impact on human health because of biomass combustion emissions is still insufficiently studied, mostly because for long it was not considered to have an especially negative effect. This is exactly why it is important to use international opportunities offered by project networking to raise awareness about the problem of biomass misuse.

Event was visited by municipal staff, public building operators, urban and energy planners, citizens and researchers, a perfect crowd for BB-CLEAN partners to use this platform for improving knowledge on measures that can be undertaken to avoid negative implications of biomass burning.

BB-Clean participates on 6th CEBC in Graz, 22th to 24th of January, 2020

From 22nd to the 24th of January BB-Clean project partners UCSC and FHJ participated on the 6th Central European Biomass Conference in Graz, organized by Austrian Biomass Association, the Agricultural Chamber of Styria and BEST Bioenergy and Sustainable Technologies and hosted by the Messe Congress of Graz.

“Greening the Strategies” acted as a central topic of the 6th version of the CEBC and it examined whether the existing greening strategies are sufficient enough to serve as a realistic exit from fossil fuels. In the wake of current debates, the topics of sustainable energy policy, future markets and the closing of circuits also played a major role at the conference, as well as the ambition of Austria's carbon neutrality goals. Furthermore, the latest developments in the bioenergy industry in 200 expert lectures in 28 different sessions and workshops with topics like bioeconomy, decarbonisation, biomass and residue potentials, pyrolysis were presented. Goals and latest outcomes of BB-Clean project were presented by Maria Chiesa from UCSC, while FHJ presented the results of monitoring of particulate matter in the alpine region with a black carbon monitor.

CEBC2020 offered the possibility to attend more than 250 lectures distributed both in plenary sessions and 20 parallel sessions from the 22nd to the 24th of January. Poster sessions also offered an added value to the conference giving to participants the possibility to gain information on topics not presented in lectures and/or discussed in plenary and parallel sessions that they were not able to attend.

Lecturers mainly came from EU Research Institutions, Enterprises, Regional and National administrations and Biomass Associations so that topics discussed concerned technological and regulative aspects as well as economic and environmental sustainability aspects linked to the biomass chain. Topics of interest for BB-Clean covered by CEBC2020 concerned the up to date technical solutions related to the development of small to medium scale biomass combustion appliances for residential heating as well as primary and secondary measures to mitigate the environmental impact of biomass combustion. Even the role of the end user on the final emissions of a specific biomass combustion appliance was emphasized, thanks to the research work of TASK 32 of the International Energy Agency (IEA) that aims at fostering the awareness raising on the environmental impact of biomass combustion among general population in order to change the end user behaviour for a more sustainable biomass burning. Representatives of EU enterprises discussed the pros and cons of technical solutions to mitigate the environmental impact of biomass combustion technologies as well as their actual and short-to medium term diffusion on the market.

Interesting lectures were even given by Austrian policymakers that operate in the field of Bioenergy. In particular, Leonore Gewessler, Federal Minister for Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology participated to CEBC2020. She stressed the primary role of Austria in reaching the Climate Neutrality in 2040 with an energy system based on renewable energies by 100%. Biomass will play a strategic role and the presence of an excellent expertise due to Research Institutions and developers of biomass combustion technologies located in the Austrian territory will drive a worldwide change in the market. The Austrian Association of Biomass (one of the CEBC2020 organizers) also stressed the importance of bioenergy to substitute fossil fuels in driving the change announced by the Federal Minister.

Within sessions of CEBC2020 BB-Clean project was by Maria Chiesa from UCSC. Additionally, there was a poster to the BB-Clean project with the topic “Monitoring of particulate matter in the alpine region with a black carbon monitor” held by FH JOANNEUM.