Commercial bioenergy venture in Africa wins the 2014 World Bioenergy Award
The 2014 World Bioenergy Award has been awarded to Jörgen Sandström from Sweden.
He is the Executive Officer of the company Addax Bioenergy in Sierra Leone, which on a commercial basis is not only replacing fossil fuels with bioenergy but also increasing the availability of energy, work and food.
The prize was presented by HRH Prince Carl Philip of Sweden at the World Bioenergy international conference and trade fair held on 3-5 June at Elmia in Jönköping, Sweden.
“With this year’s prize you can see how bioenergy investment can make a big difference in a poor country,” said Heinz Kopetz, president of the World Bioenergy Association, which sponsors the prize.
Read more about Jörgen Sandström, the winner of World Bionergy Award 2014.
Leading Swedish politician at World Bioenergy:
“Why is the transition so slow?”
World Bioenergy celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. When the international conference and trade fair opened on Tuesday, several speakers noted that over the last decade bioenergy has gone from being a promise for the future to now being a dominant form of energy in a number of countries.
Yet one speaker – the leader of Sweden’s Social Democratic Party, Stefan Löfvén – asked: “Why is it going so slowly? We must gear up in order to cope with the climate challenge.”
Read more about the opening of World Bioenergy 2014.
Bioenergy can reduce carbon dioxide levels
The world needs much, much more bioenergy for many reasons.
When the World Bioenergy international conference and trade fair was officially opened on Tuesday, the main reason behind this need was represented on the podium in the form of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), represented by Professor Jean-Pascal van Ypersele.
Read more about IPCC.