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COMMENT/IN THIS ISSUE INDUSTRY NEWS I Editorial comment


nvestors managing more than $13 trillion of assets have urged leaders of the Group of 20 to ratify a global climate deal by the end of 2016 and to step up efforts to shift from fossil fuels. It has been reported that 130 investors, grouped in six coalitions, wrote a letter to G20 leaders and also called on them to double global investment in clean energy, develop carbon pricing and phase out fossil fuel subsidies. It stated that the Paris Agreement provides a clear signal to investors that the transition to the low-carbon clean energy economy is inevitable and already under way.


Major emitters of greenhouse gases, led by China and the United States, have previously said they will join up to last December’s Paris Agreement on climate change this year and on the eve of the G20 summit meeting in Hangzhou, both these countries duly presented ratifi cation documents to United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon. The UN says that 23 small nations representing only 1.1% of global emissions have completed the formalities. The deal requires at least 55 nations representing 55% of global emissions to become law. The investors said that countries ratifying the Paris Agreement quickly would be better able to attract investment in low and zero carbon energy solutions.


Before the start of the offi cial meeting, participants joined the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to take stock of work completed under the ‘G20 Toolkit of Voluntary Options for Renewable Energy Deployment’, adopted last year at the fi rst-ever G20 Energy Ministers meeting in Istanbul.


As far as forest bioenergy is concerned, IRENA also released a paper in April entitled ‘Boosting Biofuels – Sustainable Paths to Greater Energy Security’, which featured a section on expanding biofuels by cultivating forests. This stated that a large potential exists to obtain more biofuel feedstock from forests. This can be achieved by more effi cient use of fi rewood for traditional heating and cooking, more thorough collection of wastes and residues in commercial managed forests and wood products processing plants, higher wood yield on existing forest land and, fi nally, generating biomass by afforestation of land poorly suited to food crops, which will also help the environment by enhancing carbon sequestration.


David Young Editor


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In this issue INDUSTRY NEWS


What’s happening in the world of forest bioenergy?


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Sawmill fi res up biomass boiler AEBIOM


No Summer break for bioenergy sustainability in Brussels


Latest industrial technology and networking AUTOMATION


New facility for energy-from-waste converter CHP PLANT


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Fire safety guidance disappoints WRA WOOD RECYCLERS


FOREST-BASED BIOPRODUCTS


Amyris to boost farnesene production EQUIPMENT REVIEW


Introducing new equipment and services


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