08 December 2015 - 11 December 2015
Ubon Ratchanthani, Thailand

3rd ACMECS Bioenergy Workshop

Future Development of ACMECS Bioenergy: Regional Plan and Standardization

 ID 58621775 © Oleg Dudko | Dreamstime.com

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ACMECS (Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy) is the cooperation framework that was founded in order to join the benefits from the strentgh and varieties of five members (Thailand, Lao PDR, Myanmay, Cambodia and Vietnam). This will be the 3rd Bioenergy Workshop to discuss strategic plans for biomass energy development, as well as, strategic issues of ACMECS regional biomass energy development

ESM's Deputy Program leader Florian Kraxner is invited to give keynote on "Future trend of bioenergy and its standardization in Asia and Europe". He will also give and update on IIASA's Tropical Futures Initiative.

Objectives of the Workshop:

1) To exchange and transfer useful information about standard of biomass production and utilization for energy among ACMECS countries

2) To develop the national and regional strategies to raise biomass for energy marketplace of ACMECS countries

3) To enhance sustainable biomass for energy production and utilization in ACMECS region to relieve environmental crisis and increase competitiveness of biomass for energy from ACMECS countries to the world market

4) To strengthen the biomass and bioenergy network within ACMECS countries

Background of ACMECS

Biomass is one of alternative sources for energy to substitute fossil fuel consumption. ACMECS countries (viz. Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam) have the same goal in increasing production and utilization of biomass for energy to decrease fossil fuel dependency. It therefore benefits not only energy security enhancement but also raising life quality of their people particularly in rural areas.

According to the 1st and the 2nd ACMECS Bioenergy Workshop in 2013 and 2014 under the titles: “Potential of Biomass for Bioenergy in ACMECS Countries” and “Biomass for Community Energy: Production and Utilization Technology” respectively, the five countries address their high potential of available biomass feedstock for energy. Main sources of biomass for energy in the region are agricultural wastes, thus ACMECS countries recognize a problem of their seasonal availability. They notably increase their attention to energy crop plantation and relevant research and development to sustain biomass for energy production and utilization in the region. Biomass for energy production and utilization are concerned in national energy policy of each ACMECS country. However, the utilization of biomass for energy in ACMECS countries except Thailand and Vietnam are limited and mostly in traditional way which are low efficiency. Technology and knowledge transfer as well as investment are necessary to reach a concrete achievement of biomass for energy production and utilization in the region.

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Florian Kraxner

CLR Center Head and Deputy Program Director

Ecosystems Services and Management

T +43(0) 2236 807 233

2nd ACMECS Workshop Summary

Summary of final discussion and recommendations for the follow-up workshop

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