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A Berlin Symposium on Perspectives of Bioenergy for Rural Development

26.09.2007 - (idw) Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften

Academies Meet

A Berlin Symposium on Perspectives of Bioenergy for Rural Development

4 October 2007, 5:00 p.m.

Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften,
Leibniz-Saal, Markgrafenstraße 38, 10117 Berlin

Driven by concerns of petroleum scarcity and the environmental impact of fossil energy use, the supply of fuels, heat, and electricity based on biomass has mushroomed in recent years. Bioenergy has given rise to a global renaissance of agricultural and forestry commodities that do not only improve the profitability of farm and forest enterprises, but can also be instrumental for the integrated development of marginalised rural areas.
However, bioenergy is not a panacea of economic, environmental, and social benefits. Critics point out damages to soils and biodiversity, the displacement of food production, exorbitant CO2 abatement costs, and low energy efficiencies. Hence, there is a strong need to direct bioenergy towards sustainability.

This Berlin Symposium is a joint activity of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry. It intends to bring together scientists, practitioners, and political decision-makers and to increase awareness of the potential impact that bioenergy brings to the development of rural areas.
Sweden is a leader in this endeavor: It takes a key position in renewable energy use in Europe and strives to become completely independent from fossil energy resources by 2020. Moreover, it has innovative bioenergy enterprises, distinguished research institutions and extensive farmlands and forests.

Programme

5:00 p.m. Welcome
Angela D. Friederici, Vice President of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
Mårten Carlsson, President of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry (KSLA)

5:15 p.m. General Picture of Bioenergy in Sweden
Göran Hedman, Chairman of the KSLA Committee for Energy Issues

6:00 p.m. Rural Development Aspects of Bioenergy in Sweden
Sven Hogfors, Director of the Swedish Wood Energy Society/ Responsible for Bioenergy Policy Work within the National Federation of Forest Owners

6:30 p.m. Central European Perspectives on Bioenergy
Frank Behrendt, Technische Universität Berlin
Gerhard Glatzel, Universität für Bodenkultur Wien - University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna/ Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
Walther Ch. Zimmerli, President of the Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus - Brandenburg University of Technology/ Member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences

7:15 p.m. Discussion

8:00 p.m. Reception

Moderator:
Reinhard F. Hüttl, Chair of the Executive Board of the GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam (GFZ)/ Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

This Berlin Symposium is organised by the
Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
Interdisciplinary Research Group "Future-Oriented Rural Land Uses" (LandInnovation)
Spokesman: Professor Dr. Reinhard F. Hüttl

Coordinator and contact:

Dr. Tobias Plieninger/ Dr. Oliver Bens
Phone: +49 (0)30 20370-538
Fax: +49 (0)30 20370-214
E-mail: plieninger@bbaw.de
http://landinnovation.bbaw.de

Pressekontakt:
Gisela Lerch
Leitung Referat Information und Kommunikation
Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Jägerstraße 22/23
10117 Berlin
Tel. 030/20370-657
Fax: 030/20370-366
E-mail: glerch@bbaw.de
Weitere Informationen: http://www.bbaw.de
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