re:heat Go Global

The North of England is taking major role in the debate on alternative energy supplies this week, when our own Neil Harrison will address the World Bioenergy Conference. Held in Jönköping, central Sweden, Neil is joining an eminent line up which includes Professor Judi Wakhungu, the Minister for Environment, Water, & Natural Resources in Kenya, Professor Jean-Pascal van Ypersele from the International Panel on Climate Change and Heinz Kopetz, President of the World Bioenergy Association.

The World Bioenergy Conference, now in its 7th year, is a unique meeting place for the global bioenergy industry thanks to its combination of theory, practice and problem solving. Neil, who is at the forefront of the UK wood energy industry, is presenting a paper on the “Development of the UK Biomass Heat Sector”, drawing on over a decade of experience of championing this increasingly important renewable energy source.

Neil’s practical experience of this growing industry is extensive, having played a pioneering role in the wood energy sector in the UK and New Zealand, including writing the national standard training program for wood fuel production here in the UK.

During Neil’s presentation in Sweden, he will share his knowledge on market development, taking an in depth look at the UK wood energy industry. He also looked at the pioneering technology and knowledge that has been driving it, as he explains:

“It was a privilege to be invited to speak at this globally important event in Sweden, where renewable sources provide over half of the total energy used in the economy, and biomass, particularly wood, provides over half of all the heat. Whilst the increased uptake of wood for heating is a trend we’ve seen in the UK in recent years, we have a lot to learn and a long way to go, even though wood and other forms of biomass also produce the largest share of renewable energy in the UK.”

“It’s not just an opportunity to share experiences from the UK with a global audience, but also to learn from countries as diverse as Brazil and Sudan, as well as our European neighbours. Biomass energy is by far the most important form of renewable energy in use globally, and gaining knowledge and experiences from other parts of the world is vital if the UK is to expand the contribution that wood makes to meeting our future energy needs with low carbon and low cost fuel.”

Policy makers, researchers, forest owners , forestry officers and experts, scientists, and representatives of national and local governments from across the world are attending the World Bioenergy Conference.

Neil has previously been invited to speak at biomass energy conferences in New Zealand, the US, Australia, Estonia, Finland and across the UK.