EU’s Proposal on New Sustainability criteria for Forest Biomass

As the world steps up measures to mitigate the effects of climate change, the European Commission is proposing a new sustainability criteria for forest biomass.

The importance of a new system for forest biomass sustainability has been reiterated by several European forest owners and managers. The new criteria is part of the Clean Energy package.

Europe’s two major regulatory proposals, LULUCF and REDII, is up for consideration by the European Parliament and Council.

Already ample legislation and management systems are available to safeguard the sustainability of forest biomass – which is largely a domestic, decentralised energy source.

What’s notable is that Europe’s forests are not driven by the need for biomass for energy. In fact biomass feedstock used for producing bioenergy is a side product of higher-value timber. Therefore, any demand for bioenergy does not put Europe’s forests at risk. This is a key aspect that EU policy makers need to consider while enacting new sustainable criteria for solid biomass production.

The proposal must therefore avoid unacceptable burdens for the forest owner and be carefully analysed. Some of the stakeholders are of the opinion that carbon emissions can be reduced through the development of forests and their sustainable use. Europe is home to forests that are a source of natural, sustainable and renewable raw material that can be transformed into forest products and replace fossil fuels and highly energy-intensive materials.

The EU has already published proposals to increase the share of renewables to 27% by 2030. The Clean Energy package directs the promotion of use renewable energy resources, including minimum criteria to demonstrate the sustainable production and efficient use of biomass in transport, heat and power.

More on biomass energy regulations will be discussed at 2nd Biomass Trade & Power Europe on 13-14 February, 2017 in Copenhagen.

Email Ms. Hafizah at hafizah@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9218 for details for the event.

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Philippines to get 3 Biomass power plants

Bronzeoak, a renewable energy developer, is planning to build 3 biomass plants in Philippines. The company is already building its first biomass plant and expects it to be completed by the second quarter of 2017.

The company has secured $141-million funding from IFC for the three plants. The three plants will be located in San Carlos, South Negros and North Negros.

The company plans to concentrate on completing the San Carlos plant first and the construction at the other plants will be begin thereafter.

The San Carlos plant is undergoing reconfiguration of its boilers from the original capacity of 18 MW to 19.99 MW – which has delayed the project slightly.

The redesigning of the boiler will help to fuel the plant with not just pure sugar cane waste (which is expected to be the main feedstock) but also wood chips, coconut husks or even rice husks and napier grass.

Bronzeoak has signed an agreement with Wuxi Huaguang Electric Power Engineering to supply the boiler of the biomass projects.

Bronzeoak has also completed five solar power projects with a total capacity of 143 MW located in La Carlota City, the municipality of Manapla and San Carlos City.

More about biomass power projects in Asia at CMT’s 3rd Biomass & BioEnergy Asia on 27 February- 1 March, 2017 in Jakarta.

For more information about the event, contact Ms. Hafizah at hafizah@cmtsp.com.sg or call 65 6346 9218.

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Indonesia to tap 60 GW Tidal Power Potential

Investment activities are abuzz as Indonesia targets 23 percent of the total energy mix to be sourced from renewables by 2025.

Tidal power is one of Indonesia’s untapped sources of renewable energy. For the first time, two companies – Arus Indonesia Raya (AIR) and OpenHydro – a unit of French state-owned naval defense company DCNS, plan to generate power from Indonesia’s vast tidal energy.

Estimates show that Indonesia – the world’s biggest archipelago – has the potential for up to 60 GW of tidal power – which translates to more than Indonesia’s total electricity capacity of just over 50 GW in 2015.

The Bali strait is chosen as the pilot tidal array for the project, where it plans to develop up to 20 2-MW turbines over the course of next three years. The power generated is expected to supply power directly to state-owned Pertamina. Each of the turbine that will sit on the seabed, is estimated to cost as much as $7 million in Europe. However, AIR plans to reduce the cost to as little as $4 million by using 70 percent local content in the turbines that will be produced in a factory (to be built in Indonesia).

DCNS website mentions that the tidal power project is expected to generate 300MW of installed capacity by 2023.

Although renewable energy has not taken off in a big way in Indonesia, there are some positive signs. Price of renewable energy has become competitive with fossils energy. According to one estimate, the cost of producing solar and onshore wind power had begun to reach a level where it was competitive with fossil fuels, below 10 cents per KWh.

Renewable energy is estimated to be more affordable on a per-kilowatt-hour basis compared to diesel that many remote islands in Indonesia currently rely on for power.

Indonesia’s coal exports to major consumers – India and China – are also expected to reduce as the two countries are also switching to renewable power. In fact Indonesia’s biggest coal miners – state-owned Bukit Asam and Adaro, are also diversifying into renewables.

More on Indonesia’s renewable power sector developments will be discussed at CMT’s Indonesia Renewable Power on 27 February- 1 March, 2017 in Jakarta.

For more information about the event, contact Ms. Grace Oh at grace@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9147.

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