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May 30 2014

Partner News – ARBIO Inauguration News

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Dear BioEnergy friends,

With less than 3 weeks before ARBIO Inauguration, the Romanian Association of Biomass and Biogas (ARBIO) is about to finalize the list of top level speakers that will offer us concrete information during our event, on June 18th.

  1. Mr. Mircea Geoana, High Representative of the Government speaker at ARBIO InaugurationToday we are honored to announce the presence of Mr. Mircea Geoana, High Representative of the Government for economical projects and Diplomacy. Mr. Geoana is ex Ambassador of Romania in the USA and a well-known politician. He is also the founding member and President of the Aspen Institute Romania and member of the board of Aspen Institute US, Aspen Italia and Aspen Germany.Mr. Geoana is someone who knows well the importance of the Biomass / Biogas sector for the Romanian economy. He started his professional activity in the energetic sector, as a construction engineer.

  2. Energy Crops: ARBIO works with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. ARBIO is very interested in the adjustment of the legal frame for cultivation of energy crops to European standards. We are happy to inform you that we continue our collaboration for this subject (and many more) with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Next week we will have a new meeting with their team of experts for this issue.For ARBIO members: Any member who wishes to join such meetings is welcome, by informing us about his intention and the expertise he will bring in our team

  3. ARBIO present at the European BioEnergy Conference organized by AEBIOM

    ARBIO participated at the European BioEnergy Conference, organized in Brussels, between 13 and 14 of May, by AEBIOM. In order to effectively promote the Romanian BioEnergy sector, we also held 2 short speeches to inform different panels and audiences regarding Romania’s potential.

    1. Meetings with European Officials

      Also ARBIO met in Brussels with representatives of DG Agriculture, DG Enterprise and Industry, DG Energy and DG Environment, plus a representative of the European Commission, a member of cabinet of Commissioner for Energy Mr Gunter Oettinger and more European decision makers, discussing about the priority of Biomass sector in the EU strategy towards 2030 and how Romania can become an important regional producer and hub as part of Europe’s strategy. ARBIO message to European officials was a positive one focusing on what can be done from now on and on the good collaboration ARBIO has with the Romanian Government and the Independent Institutions. All authorities expressed their will to support the Romanian Biomass sector and after the new structure of European Commission will be clarified, we will proceed in concrete actions.

    2. Topics of discussion

      During the 2 days conference, tens of top speakers tackled subjects of high interest for all participants. Among the subjects of discussion and debate, the following were of great importance:

      • European domestic market, trends and opportunities

      • EU policies challenges

      • Wood material supply and demand for the EU wood processing industry

      • Biomass sustainability

      • Vision for a coherent sustainability framework for biomass

      • Bioenergy developments, a challenge for sustainable forest management?

      • Market trend of energy wood chips market in Europe

      For ARBIO members: We have all presentations of AEBIOM conference. Let us know which one(s) are of interest and we will send them to you so as to be informed in detail. Contact us at +4 0213 086 271 or mariana.godina@arbio.ro

Best regards,
ARBIO Team

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