Bioenergy employs 489,000 professionals in Europe today

After having marked the 10th anniversary of the creation of AVEBIOM, the Spanish Bioenergy Association, our efforts are turning to organising the 10th International Bioenergy Congress and corresponding edition of the Trade Fair for biomass professionals: Expobiomasa. This decade has seen the creation of a sector of professionals that, in Europe as a whole, now amounts to some 489,000 jobs, of which some thousands come from Spain.

The consumption of bioenergy in 2012 amounted to 102 Mtoe (million tonnes oil equivalent), almost double the figure for 2000. AEBIOM, the European Biomass Association, that represents 19 associations and encompasses over 4,000 companies, estimates that bioenergy will contribute more than 132 Mtoe to Europe’s energy mix by 2020. Other analyses, such as those recently undertaken by EurObserv’ER, indicate that the increase in energy produced from solid biomass in the EU is already taking place: 6.1% up between 2012 and 2013.

An analysis of the European energy mix reveals that bioenergy contributes 13.4% (74 Mtoe) of the final heating consumption in the EU and 4.5% (152 TWh) of the gross electricity generation. For Europeans, heating represents around 47% of the energy cost, and biomass contributes 89% of heat from renewable sources. Read more…

Jorge Herrero
AVEBIOM, Director of Expobiomasa

Article published in: FuturENERGY May 2015