Webinar: Lessons so far – the role of sustainable bioenergy in displacing fossil fuels

30 Jun, 2021 - 30 Jun, 2021
Location: online

Webinar hosted by the World Bioenergy Association (WBA)

Date: 30 June 2021

Time: 08:00 – 09:30 EDT // 13:00 – 14:30 BST // 21:00 – 22:30 JST


Sustainable bioenergy has played a crucial role in helping many countries to move rapidly away from fossil fuels. The industrial use of bioenergy has enabled companies and countries to achieve rapid decarbonisation of their energy systems. Following the IEA naming bioenergy as one of the seven key pillars of decarbonisation in their recent Net Zero report, WBA is pleased to host this webinar, “Lessons so far – the role of sustainable industrial bioenergy in displacing fossil fuels”. 

The scale of the climate crisis requires urgent action, using all the tools at our disposal. Industrial bioenergy offers rapid and immediately available carbon abatement by directly displacing fossil fuels used for heat and power production. As a dispatchable, low-carbon source of energy, bioenergy can also provide important flexibility services, facilitating the energy transition. This event will use the UK as an initial case study, before broadening the discussion to consider globally applicable lessons from the use of industrial bioenergy in displacing fossil fuels.


  • Christian Rakos, President of the World Bioenergy Association
  • Luc Pelkmans, Technical Coordinator at IEA Bioenergy
  • Ross McKenzie, Group Head of Public Affairs and Government Policy at Drax
  • Maria Michela Morese, Executive Secretary of the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP)
  • Seth Ginther, Executive Director of USIPA
  • Jean-Marc Jossart, Secretary General of Bioenergy Europe

The session will be chaired by The Right Honourable The Lord Duncan of Springbank, Deputy Speaker of the UK House of Lords, and former EU Parliament rapporteur on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.