On June 12th, the European Biomass Association (AEBIOM) teamed up with the World Bioenergy Association for its third webinar on Biomass Residues & Waste in Southern Africa, held in collaboration with the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP).
The webinar was moderated by Remigijus Lapinskas, President of the World Bioenergy Association. On behalf of the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP), Alexander Huppertz, the Project Manager for the RECP, provided an overview of African renewable energy market segments as well as the services of the RECP and its Finance Catalyst.
The webinar then focused on three countries in the region including Zambia, Mozambique, and Namibia, to cover the sources of bioenergy residues and waste, present collaborations and business opportunities, and relevant policies.
To highlight the potential of biomass in Zambia, Mr. Francis Mwila, as the Natural Resources Officer for the Centre for Energy, Environment, and Engineering Zambia (CEEEZ) presented the feedstock potential, related projects, and favourable policies. Continuing with Zambia and to provide greater context to the ground work being done, Matthias De Beenhouwer, the Project Manager for WeForest, spoke on his non-profit’s activities to help proactively fight deforestation and their ongoing collaborations with companies in the region, including Rainlands Timber and Home Energy, as well as investment opportunities.
To offer insight into Mozambique, Boris Atanassov, the Director of GreenLight, gave an overview of the projects and initiatives GreenLight consults companies and governments on in renewable energies. A closer look at Mozambique’s bioenergy context was revealed including the market outlook and promoted technologies, as well as important resources for more information.
The final speaker, Dagmar Honsbein, the Executive Manager of the Namibia-Biomass industry Group offered a compelling case for the need to utilise Namibia’s encroacher bush for bioenergy as a means to restore native grasslands and fight encroachment. She offered collaboration opportunities for European companies and the advantages N-BiG can provide for companies interested in expanding into the Namibian bioenergy market.