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Expert consultation on sustainable wood energy programmes in asia:
policy and institutional issues

29-31 July 1998

Hua Hin, Thailand

Several messages emerged from the meeting (organized by the Regional Wood Energy Development Programme), most of which have long been recognized by wood energy specialists, but not by officials in the related sectors:


Between cop3 and cop4: the role of bioenergy in achieving the targets stipulated in the kyoto protocol

8-11 September 1998

Nokia, Finland

Following an official invitation by the International Energy Agency Bioenergy Task 25, I represented FAO at the Workshop on Between COP3 and COP4: The Role of Bioenergy in Achieving the Targets Stipulated in the Kyoto Protocol, which was held in Nokia, Finland, from 8 to 11 September 1998 [Note: COP4 = 4th Conference of the Parties on Climate Change, Buenos Aires, 3-12 November 1998]. The workshop was jointly organized by Finland's Technical Research Centre (VTT Energy) and Austria's Institute for Energy Research (Joanneum Research), both institutions being involved in bioenergy research activities.

The main aim of the workshop was to analyse the potential contribution of bioenergy to the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions and to discuss administrative matters regarding the implementation of specific task activities.

In conjunction with the Task 25 meeting, Bioenergy Task 18 also organized a Workshop on Conventional Forestry Systems for Bioenergy. This joint session included the participation of experts from both tasks with the aim of reviewing research findings on the effects of land-use change and conventional forestry on carbon sequestration and substitution balances.

The following are the salient points:


Workshop on methodologies for gathering energy information by international organizations

23-24 September 1998

Quito, Ecuador

The objective of the meeting was to advance towards a normalization of approaches regarding energy data collection. Detailed information will be given in the next issue of Forest Energy Forum.

For more information, please contact:
Mr Gabriel Hernandez, Edificio OLADE,
Av. Occidental, Sector San Carlos, Casilla 17-11-6413,
Quito, Ecuador.
Fax: (+593 2) 539684;
e-mail: oladel@olade.org.ec


Bioenergy 98 - expanding bioenergy partnerships

4-8 October 1998

Madison, Wisconsin, USA

BioEnergy '98 was a premier conference on energy from biomass (plant-derived renewable energy resources). "Expanding Bioenergy Partnerships" was the theme of the eighth biennial event sponsored by the United States Department of Energy, the Energy Center of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Energy Bureau and many other supporters, and was hosted by the Great Lakes Regional Biomass Energy Program.

Participants from around the world learned and shared information on state-of-the-art bioenergy technologies, project case studies, biomass resource availability, research and development, economics and financing, and policy issues affecting the industry. In addition, BioEnergy '98 reviewed global bioenergy market opportunities from the Kyoto agreement on climate change and other important environmental drivers.

BioEnergy '98 logo

The goal of BioEnergy '98 was to create new and powerful partnerships to commercialize bioenergy technologies, promote sustainable and environmentally beneficial energy resources and establish long-term strategic alliances. The bioenergy industry is entering an integral period of growth as lower cost and more efficient bioenergy technologies are becoming increasingly competitive in the global energy market. BioEnergy '98 thus brought together private industry, leading developers and researchers, agricultural industry and others to define and develop these opportunities.

For more information, please contact:
Mr Fred Kuzel, Great Lakes Regional Biomass Energy Program,
35 E. Wacker Drive 1850, Chicago, IL 60601, USA.
Fax: (+1 312) 407 0038;
e-mail: fkuzel@cglg.org;
http://www.cglg.org/bioenergy98


Crops for a green industry 98 - european conference

6-8 October 1998

Gmunden, Austria

For more information, please contact:
Ms Sonja Mayer, Manager, Crops for Industry '98, CFI, Wasagasse 6,
A-1090 Vienna, Austria.
Fax: (+43 1) 31 2009;
e-mail: cfi@eunet.at;
http://cfi.austrian.org


Fourth european symposium on industrial crops and products and
Sixth symposium on renewable resources for the chemical industry

23-25 March 1999

Bonn, Germany

For more information, please contact:
Ms Sarah Wilkinson,
Fourth European Symposium on Industrial Crops and Products,
Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, UK.
Fax: (+44 1865) 843958;
e-mail: sm.wilkinson@elsevier.co.uk;
http://www.elsevier.nl/locate/icp99


International conference on wood stoves

January 2000

Pune, India

For more information, please contact:
Mrs Priyadarshini Karve,
Appropriate Rural Technology Institute (ARTI).
E-mail: gpk@physics.unipune.ernet.in
(See also under India, p. 18.)

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