Towards a Bio-Based Economy: Between Panacea and Pandemonium

Date Sep 2017


On Friday, 8th September 2017, Professor Martin Junginger, Task leader of IEA Bioenergy Task 40 (Sustainable biomass markets and international bioenergy trade to support the biobased economy) gave his inauguration speech as a Professor at Utrecht University with the title “Towards a Bio-Based Economy: Between Panacea and Pandemonium” (


In his presentation (see Professor Junginger clearly explained the need for sustainable biomass in the future material and energy mix. Some of the key points included:

  • Optimisation of the use of biomass for materials and energy
  • Sustainability requirements for all biomass (including use for food, etc.)
  • The pro-active approach his faculty will take to tackle these problems

Following the presentation, Professor Junginger was congratulated by Ir Kees Kwant, Chair of IEA Bioenergy.