Progetto Fuoco 2000

16 to 19 March 2000
Verona, Italy

Progetto Fuoco 2000 presented the most relevant devices, equipment and accessories available on the market for the conversion of woodfuels into energy for residential purposes. The meeting was an excellent opportunity to meet and speak with the owners and technicians of more than 200 small companies involved in the utilization of wood for heat production. Most participants confirmed a growing demand for sophisticated systems for residential heat production and demonstrated the high quality reached by this new industrial and commercial sector.

A Seminar on Forest and Energy was organized during the exhibition to present the main energy and forestry policies under discussion for approval and to promote the utilization of bioenergy as an environmentally friendly source for the mitigation of climate change. The seminar, which was held on 17 March, was organized by the Italian Biomass Association (ITABIA) with the support of AFB-net (European Union, DG XVII) and Regione Veneto.

Mr Miguel Trossero, Senior Forestry Officer (Wood Energy) represented FAO at the seminar and delivered a paper entitled "Wood energy, environment and socio-economic impacts".

For more information, please contact: Progetto Fuoco 2000, PMT, Via Tommaseo 15, 35131 Padova, Italy.
Fax: +39 49 8756113;

Bois Energie 2000 - deuxième salon international du chauffage au bois

30 mars - 2 avril 2000
Lons-le-Saunier, France
Chaleur et convivialité du chauffage au bois, performances, innovations, technologies, métiers de la forêt, réduction de l'effet de serre, valorisation des bois cassés par les tempêtes de fin 1999, tout cela et bien d'autres choses étaient présents à ce salon, organisé par l'Institut technique européen du bois énergie (ITEBE).

Pour plus de détails, veuillez contacter: ITEBE, 28 boulevard Gambetta, BP 149, F-39004 Lons-le-Saunier Cedex, France.
Télécopie: +33 3 84 47 81 19;

Innovative Policy Solutions to Global Climate Change

25-26 April 2000
Washington, DC, USA
This conference, sponsored jointly by the Pew Center on Global Climate Change and the Royal Institute of International Affairs, featured high-level speakers presenting innovative policy measures being implemented by governments and the private sector of industrialized countries. Conference topics included common policy approaches (taxes, trading and negotiated agreements), crosscutting issues (competitiveness and trade harmonization), energy and transportation sector policies, and state and local programmes.

For more information, please contact: Ms Michelle Pilliod, Pilliod Meeting Planning, 1001 C Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA.
Fax +1 202 544 7992;

Conferencia Energética de Europa, América Latina y el Caribe - Eurolac 2000

18 al 20 de junio de 2000
Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

Temas de Eurolac 2000:
· La evolución y estado actual de la eficiencia energética y las energías renovables en América Latina y el Caribe y en la
  Unión Europea
· Política y marcos legales en la eficiencia energética y energías renovables en las dos regiones
· Casos prácticos de mejora en la eficiencia energética
· Cogeneración
· Experiencias de América Latina y el Caribe y de la Unión Europea en energías renovables: Energía eólica, Geotermia,
  Biomasa, Energía solar, Energía rural, Minihidráulica
· Posibilidades de financiación: Instituciones multilaterales, Bancos privados, ESCOs
· Oportunidades de inversión en América Latina y el Caribe
· Ruedas de negocios
· Exposición de tecnologías en eficiencia energética y energías renovables

Para más información, dirigirse a:
Organización Latinoamericana de Energía (OLADE)
Casilla 17-11-06413, Quito, Ecuador
Fax: (+593 2) 531691/293526
correo electrónico: eurolac@olade.org.ec

The Internal Market in Energy

7-8 September 2000
Maastricht, the Netherlands
Organized by the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA), this seminar aims at reviewing existing measures and proposals and is designed to promote a discussion on the lessons to be learned from recent case law.

The seminar is intended for a wide spectrum of interested persons: policy-makers at EU level and those having to implement the relevant EU legislation in national law, officials working with the system in practice, plus lawyers, business people and advisers.

For more information, please contact: Ms Noëlle Debie, Programme Assistant, European Institute of Public Administration, PO Box 1229, NL-6201 BE Maastricht, the Netherlands.
Fax: +31 43 3296296;

Woody Biomass as an Energy Source - Challenges in Europe

25-27 September, 2000
Joensuu, Finland.

The aims of the Conference are to:
· review the current understanding of the role and potential of woody biomass as an energy
  source in Europe;
· discuss the means for integrating energy production in European forestry;
· clarify the connection between bioenergy and rural development;
· analyse the role of bioenergy in forest management and timber production;
· examine the importance of bioenergy in global carbon balance;
· strengthen the exisiting and promote future research cooperation.

For more information, please contact: Ms Brita Pajari, Seminar Coordinator, European Forest Institute, Torikatu 34, FIN-80100 Joensuu, Finland.
Fax. +358 (0)13 124 393;

ALTENER 2000 Conference: Renewable Energy for Europe - Campaign for

23-25 October 2000

Recourse to renewable energy sources is fast accelerating throughout Europe under the impetus of environmental concerns. The European Union aims at doubling the present share to reach 12 percent of its own energy consumption by 2010. Development of renewable energy will be a driving force to meet Europe's targets for greenhouse gas emission reduction, protection of the environment as a whole, sustainable development and also security of energy supply.

The European Commission's ALTENER programme and the EU Campaign for Take-Off for renewables are providing an early impulse to ensure that the goals of the EU White Paper for a Community strategy and action plan for renewable energy sources are achieved.

This conference, jointly organized by ADEME France, WIP Munich, Germany and ETA Florence, Italy, will be a key event which will underpin the work of the campaign and the goals of the White Paper, strengthening commitment of relevant actors and awareness in the wider community.

For more information, please contact: Ms Angela Grassi, ETA Florence, Piazza Savonarola 10, 50132 Florence, Italy.
Fax: +39 055 573 425;
www.ademe.fr  orwww.wip-munich.de  orwww.etaflorence.it

International Conference on Biomass-based Fuels and Cooking Systems (BFCS-2000)

20-24 November 2000
Pune, India
The emphasis of the conference will be on the new trends of biomass energy research - conversion of biomass into higher grade fuels (char, alcohol, combustible gases) and stove designs for the efficient utilization of these fuels, mainly for cooking.

The conference will also include special sessions on:
· strategies for popularization and commercialization of improved stoves and biomass-based fuels among the rural people in 
  the developing countries; and
· health and environment-related issues involved in the use of biomass for cooking and home heating, and possible solutions
  to the problems.

For more information, please contact: Mr Priyadarshini Karve, Appropriate Rural Technology Institute (ARTI), 2nd Floor, Maninee Apartments, S. No. 13, Opposite Pure Foods Co., Dhayarigaon, Pune 411 041, India.

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