BTEC to host webinar on EU biomass policies and U.S. implications

By Biomass Thermal Energy Council | June 03, 2011

The Biomass Thermal Energy Council is hosting a free webinar, "Brits, Brussels, and Biomass: The European Path Towards Renewable Heating," on June 15 at 12 p.m. ET. Participants will hear from three panelists about their countries' paths toward renewable heating and the implications for creating successful state and federal U.S. biomass policies.

Taking part in this webinar, will be Günter Hörmandinger, first counselor-environment, Delegation of the European Union to the U.S.; Andrej Miller, policy manager, Renewable Heat Incentive, U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change; Christiane Egger, deputy director, Upper Austrian Renewable Energy Agency; Joseph Seymour, program coordinator-policy and government affairs, BTEC; and Emanuel Wagner, moderator, outreach, program coordinator-education and external affairs, BTEC.

"More than one-third of primary energy [is] being used for heat, [but] there has been a lack of recognition of the role of renewable heat in policy delivery. The approach could be characterized as—no targets; no concerted policy; no strategy; and, limited support for development … Biomass is unique as the only widespread source of high-grade renewable heat," according to the United Kingdom Biomass Task Force—Report to the Government (2005).

Imagine the impact on U.S. jobs and local economies if 95 percent of new domestic heating appliances used renewable fuels and avoided costly oil imports. In several European countries, renewable heating is fast becoming a reality, and other nations are taking note of these examples to successfully displace fossil fuel use.

This free webinar will connect attendees with their European counterparts to learn the successes and failures of 20-plus years of renewable heating policy. Attendees will learn:

  • Why countries like Austria and Britain have recognized the potential of renewable heating.
  • How the EU has taken action to encourage renewable heating policies in the member states.
  • How strong, consistent public policy supportive of renewable heat can change energy consumption in a region.
  • Which challenges these countries had to overcome and how.
  • What incentives have proven highly successful and could be implemented in the U.S.

This is the sixth webinar in a series funded in part by the USDA's Wood Education and Resource Center.  

 To register for the webinar, click here. (