The International Energy Agency collaborates with the Kurchatov Institute on Bioenergy
6 June 2012
The Kurchatov Institute, in collaboration with the International Energy Agency Technology Platform, held on 5-6 June 2012 the first international conference in Moscow in support of the Russian process for the development of a national bioenergy roadmap.
The conference provided a forum in which over 100 international and Russian bioenergy experts could exchange best practices and experience in the field to support Russia in its vision to become a key player in bioenergy markets. This initiative follows on the priorities set by Vladimir Putin in April 2011 to create a series of national technology platforms focussed on modernisation and innovation of the Russian economy.
The event also showcased the recently published IEA Technology Roadmap on Bioenergy for Heat and Power. At the end of the conference, an agreement between the IEA and the Russian Biotechnology Society on behalf of the Russian Bioenergy Technology Platform (comprised of government and private companies in Russia) was signed for further collaboration on the development of a How2Guide for Bioenergy, an initiative the IEA launched in early 2012 with the goal to create a series of technology specific methodology guides for the development of roadmaps at the national level.
Speaking in the opening ceremony, IEA Director of Global Energy Dialogue Ulrich Benterbusch said: “There can be no doubt that bioenergy can play a leading role in the transition to a more sustainable path. In developing its own national roadmap for bioenergy, Russia is making significant advances in developing its own bioenergy market, and stands to become an increasingly important player in the global market.”
Earlier that week, on 4 June, the IEA organised a training and capacity building workshop on roadmap methodology under the hospices of the International Low-Carbon Technology Platform in collaboration with the Inter RAO United Energy Systems of Russia.
Attended by approximately 30 Russian experts and two representatives of the Russian Renewable Energy Programme of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the workshop objective was for the IEA to provide training to Russian experts of the national Technology Platforms on how to develop energy technology roadmaps. Based on Russia’s stated technology priorities, the training specifically focused on how to develop roadmaps for high efficiency thermal power and bioenergy.