Biomass West & Central Africa Congress October 4-5, 2012 Accra, Ghana
Following the success of the 1st Biomass West & Central Africa Congress last year, the 2nd Congress is returning to Accra from 4 to 5 October 2012. More than 25 countries gathered in Accra last year. This is the only platform for top government representatives and industry market stakeholders from forestry, agriculture, biomass, pellets, bioenergy power generation producers, green energy and biotech investors to address key issues and exchange ideas on how to attract investments to the biomass & bioenergy sectors of West & Central Africa.
BIOMASS IN WEST & CENTRAL AFRICA REPRESENTS A MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY
In Africa, energy is produced mainly from Biomass (47%), oil (24.8%), coal (16.5%), gas (10.4%) & other renewable sources such as hydro dams. Energy consumption in Africa is largely dominated by combustible renewable resources (biomass, animal wastes, municipal & industrial wastes). Energy from biomass accounts for more than 30% of the energy consumed in Africa and more than 80% in many sub-Sahara African countries. Biomass constitutes the main energy resource for the large majority of African households. Major policy initiatives are in place to promote the development of this sector.
West and central Africa represents 48% of the total forest area of Africa, with largest forest area in countries like Cameroon and Nigeria. Africa contributed 21% of the global total of carbon in forest biomass, with Central Africa as the largest contributor.
Encashing on the International Biomass Demand
European countries are gearing up to meet the compulsory renewable energy demands of 20% by 2020. The European Union renewable energy mandate and carbon trading policies are major drivers of this growth in Europe. Demand for imported biomass — specifically, wood pellets — will raise the global demand for biomass rapidly.
The international pellets trade has been growing continuously and new pellets production facilities have been springing up, offering their products to the growing European market. Pioneering projects are sprouting up in West Africa. Be the first to leverage on this growth opportunity.
- Gain an in-depth understanding of the West & Central African biomass & bioenergy market
- Identify real investment opportunities in ECOWAS
- Understand where the global biomass trade is heading and how this impacts your financial decisions
- Get first hand information on critical pricing and policy issues shaping the biomass global sector
- Get questions answered on shifts and support from policy makers, multi lateral and international organizations
- Evaluate case studies of biofuel projects from across the region and beyond
- Get updated on innovative technologies
- Participate in a series of interactive panel discussions and help shape this fast moving market READ MORE