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International Symposium
Woody biomass for transforming the local energy system(Nagano City)
―Learning from global experiences

24 May 2017




  • Mika Ohbayashi, Director, Renewable Energy Institute / Board Member, World Bioenergy Association (WBA)
  • Remigijus Lapinskas, President, World Bioenergy Association (WBA)
  • Luigi Finocchiaro, Senior Commercial officer, Advantage Austria, Austrian Embassy– Commercial Section
Keynotes : Development history of biomass heat market
  • Heinz Kopetz, Founder of Austrian Biomass Association, Former Chairman of European Biomass Association (AEBIOM), Former President of the World Bioenergy Association (WBA)DL

Session 1 : Development of woody bioenergy
Moderator:Takanobu Aikawa, Senior Researcher, Renewable Energy Institute

Session 2 : Global and local practices
Moderator:Takanobu Aikawa, Senior Researcher, Renewable Energy Institute


Successful case-stories from Europe on woody biomass utilization will be introduced, including heat utilization which is still an under-developed market in Japan. There will also be domestic companies and local government officials discussing future directions of woody biomass energy developments. This symposium is held as part of the International Wood Fair 2017*.

Date & Time : Wednesday, 24th May 2017 13:00-17:00 (12:30 venue open)
(Japanese-English simultaneous translation available)
Venue : Conference Room 1, Wakasato Municipal Cultural Hall, Nagano City
Organized by : Renewable Energy Institute
World Bioenergy Association  
Supported by : Japan Woody Bioenergy Association (JWBA)
Advantage Austria Tokyo
Admission Free (prior registration required)

*About International Wood Fair 2017
The International Wood Fair is a global exhibition to showcase all kinds of the latest forest-related equipment, technology and information coming from both inside and outside Japan. The event creates opportunities for local governments, foresters, manufacturers, trading firms and other players to establish and strengthen contacts with each other and obtain technologies and know-how that will help realize "competitive forestry" to succeed in global market


External Links

  • JCI 気候変動イニシアティブ
  • 自然エネルギー協議会
  • 指定都市 自然エネルギー協議会
  • irelp
  • 全球能源互联网发展合作组织

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