In his list of 5 key priorities for the European Union, Commission's President Jean-Claude Juncker expressed his willingness to make the EU the world’s N°1 player in renewable energies. In order to achieve this goal, the bioenergy sector will have to play a leading role.
In 2015, bioenergy accounted for more than 60% of EU renewable energy consumption. Heat and electricity from biomass amounted to around 98,2 Mtoe in 2015 and will amount to 110 Mtoe in 2020 according to member states' projections. This will represent half of the EU targets on both emission reductions and renewable energy share in the gross final energy consumption.
In this context, it will not be possible to reach the EU's 2030 and 2050 climate and energy objectives without relying on bioenergy to a greater extent. Beside this unique role in the future European energy mix, biomass also offers considerable advantages when it comes to the EU’s energy security, affordability and sustainability priorities.