Africa Energy Information Forum

Paris, France

10-11 September 2001

This forum was organized by the World Energy Council (WEC) and the International Energy Agency (IEA). It was attended by approximately 29 representatives from international and regional organizations and individual countries (Algeria, Egypt, Swaziland, South Africa and the United States).

Mr M.A. Trossero, Senior Forestry Officer (Wood Energy) represented FAO at this meeting. The main conclusions were:

For more information, please contact:
Miguel Trossero, at the address given on the first page.

1st International Congress on Biomass for Metal Production and Electricity Generation

Belo Horizonte, Brazil
8-11 October 2001

This was the first major technical forum and business meeting to demonstrate the capacity of planted biomass self-sustainable and new technologies for metal production and electricity generation in Brazil and worldwide. The congress attracted a large attendance of specialists, scientists, professionals, investors, national and international enterprises, governmental and non-governmental institutions as well as all those interested in planted biomass use to metal, fine chemistry production, electricity generation and CO2 fixation credits.

The first day was dedicated to the opening session and a reception, and a short course on the fundamentals and practice of biomass carbonization, presented by Brazilian specialists to 60 participants. The course covered concepts, fundamental aspects and operational practices, focusing on the metallurgical requirements for charcoal production of a quality to be used in the iron and steel industry and other applications. The course will be repeated in other regions of Brazil and abroad (if required).

A total of 86 technical papers was presented and simultaneous translation was provided in English and Portuguese. Twenty-five countries were represented at the congress; out of a total of 370 participants, 50 were from abroad.

The following is a summary of the sessions:

The success of the congress was due to the Brazilian tradition in biomass to energy uses, such as Pro-Alcool, the ethanol fuel programme, and the substantial use of charcoal to steel and iron-alloy production. More recently, rice husk, sugar-cane bagasse and wood residues have also become important feedstocks for energy generation.

All of the presentations are available in VHS format and a CD-ROM of the proceedings can be requested by e-mail (issbrazil@issbrazil.org ).

For more information, please contact:
Dr Ronaldo Sampaio,
Congress Coordinator,
RS Consultants Ltda.,
Rua Ribeiro Junqueira 161 - 30310 215,
Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil.
E-mail: rsampa@prover.com.br;


Dr José D. Rocha,
Organizing Committee Member.
E-mail: jdr1203@uol.com.br

1st Annual European Energy and Transport Conference

Barcelona, Spain
18-19 October 2001

The results of this conference have been posted on the European Commission's Web site.

For more information, please contact:
Mrs Christine Cordie,
European Commission,
Joint Interpreting


Conference Service,
rue de la Loi 200, B-1049
Brussels, Belgium.
E-mail: christine.cordie@cec.eu.int;


Taller sobre Madera para Energía

Buenos Aires, Argentina
26-28 de noviembre de 2001

El taller se ha realizado en el contexto de la actividades del proyecto FAO/UE GCP/RLA/133/EC - Información y análisis para el manejo forestal sostenible: Integrando esfuerzos nacionales e internacionales en América Latina.

Miguel Trossero, Oficial Forestal del Programa de Dendroenergía de la FAO, participó en el taller. Para mayores detalles sobre el taller se puede consultar el artículo que aparece en la sección News and Notes de este número.

Para más información, dirigirse a:
Miguel Trossero, en la dirección indicada en la primera página.


Bioenergy Australia 2001 - Realising the Potential for Bioenergy

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
3-5 December 2001

For more information, please contact:
Emma Waygood, Conference Action.
Fax: +61 2 99565154;
e-mail: emma@conferenceaction.com.au ;


Biomass and Energy Crops II Conference

York, United Kingdom
18-21 December 2001

For more information, please contact:

Mike Bullard, ADAS.
E-mail: Mike.Bullard@adas.co.uk  


Rio02 - World Climate & Energy Event

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
6-11 January 2002

For more information, please contact:
Rio02 Secretariat.
Fax: +55 21 2906626;
e-mail: info@rio02.org;


International Conference on Renewable Energy for Rural Development

Dhaka, Bangladesh
19-21 January 2002

For more information, please contact:
Prof. A.K.M. Sadrul Islam,
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, BUET,
Dhaka 1000,
Fax: +880 2 8613046;
e-mail: sadrul@me.buet.edu


FAO/IPCC/CIFOR Expert Meeting on Forest-Related Definitions

Rome, Italy
23-25 January 2002

FAO, jointly with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC), in cooperation with CIFOR, will host this Expert Meeting on Forest-Related Definitions. The meeting's objective is to review and harmonize forest-related definitions.

A considerable amount of global or regional information on forest resources is derived from national data. FAO has therefore developed forest-related definitions for national inputs to globally aggregated forest assessments and outlook studies. IPCC has developed forest-related definitions for use in issues common to land use, land-use change and forestry and climate change. Other organizations have developed other definitions for other purposes, such as monitoring biological diversity in forests. There is a need to improve the compatibility and consistency of definitions in order to permit comparability and thus improve the quality and usefulness of forest information, increase the synergy among organizations and use scarce resources more effectively for information monitoring, assessment and reporting.

There is a need for globally - and regionally - aggregated information on forest resources and forest ecosystems to:

The information required differs between users but, with consistent and comparable definitions, it could be exchanged between different users.

The expected outputs of the consultation are:

The consultation will be conducted as follows:

(Source: CLIM-FO 13/2001.)

For more information, please contact:
Mr Wulf Killmann,
Director, Forest Products Division, Forestry Department,
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla,
00100 Rome,
Fax: +39 0657055618;
e-mail: wulf.killmann@fao.org


International Slovak Biomass Forum 2002

Bratislava, Slovakia
4-5 February 2002

For more information, please contact:
Miroslava Mitkova,
Energy Centre Bratislava,
Bajkalska 27,821 01 Bratislava 2,
Slovak Republic.


International Conference on Techno-Commercial Aspects of the Decentralized Approach in Waste to Energy

Jaipur, India
1-3 March 2002

For more information, please contact:

Dr M.P. Poonia,
Conference Convener,
Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department,
Malviya Regional Engineering College,
J.L.N. Marg Jaipur - 302017,
Fax: +91 141 702954;
e-mail: mppoonia@icwe2002.com;


World Sustainable Energy Day 2002

Wels, Austria
6-8 March 2002

For more information, please contact:
O.Öe. Energiesparverband,
Landstrasse 45, A-4020 Linz,
Fax: +43 732 772014383;
e-mail: office@esv.or.at;



Lons le Saunier, France
4-7 April 2002

For more information, please contact:
François Bornschein
Cecile Pierron,
BP 149, 28 boulevard Gambetta,
F-39004 Lons Le Saunier Cedex,
Fax: +33 384 478119;
e-mail: info@wepshows.com;


TechniBois Énergie

Quebec, Canada
2-4 May 2002

For more information, please contact:
François Bornschein or Cecile Pierron,
ITEBE, BP 149, 28 boulevard Gambetta,
F-39004 Lons Le Saunier Cedex,
Fax: +33 384 478119;
e-mail: info@wepshows.com;


Renewable Energy Forum

London, United Kingdom
13-14 May 2002

For more information, please contact:
Riad Mannan, Euromoney Conferences.
Fax: +44 (0)20 77798835;
e-mail: rmannan@euromoneyplc.com;


Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems

Dubrovnik, Croatia
2-7 June 2002

For more information, please contact:
Secretariat, 2002 Dubrovnik Conference,
Energetika Marketing, Sokolska 25,
HR-10000 Zagreb,
Fax: +385 1 3772429;
e-mail: drubrovnik2002@ege.hr


World Renewable Energy Congress VII

Cologne, Germany
29 June - 5 July 2002

For more information, please contact:
Prof. Ali Sayigh,
WREN, 147 Hilmanton, Lower Earley,
Reading RG6 4HN,
Fax: +44 1189 611365;
e-mail: asayigh@netcomuk.co.uk;


Renewable Energy Conference

Cologne, Germany
1-3 July 2002

For more information, please contact:
E-mail: renewenergy.helpline@reedexpo.co.uk;


Renewable Energy 2002 Exhibition

Cologne, Germany
1-3 July 2002

For more information, please contact:
Forschungszentrum Julich GmbH,
Conference Service.
Fax: +49 24 61615333;


ECOS 2002 - 15th International Conference on Efficiency, Costs, Optimisation, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energy Systems

Berlin, Germany
3-5 July 2002

For more information, please contact:
Dr Frank Cziesla,
Technical University of Berlin,
Marchstr. 18, D-10587 Berlin,
Fax: +49 30 31421683;
e-mail: ecos2002@tu-berlin.de;