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Svebio appointed Swedish representative for IEA Task 39

The Swedish Energy Agency has appointed Tomas Ekbom, an employee of the Swedish Bioenergy Association (Svebio), to participate as the Swedish national representative in the International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy Task 39 for the current three year work period.

IEA Bioenergy is an international collaboration for technology development that aims to accelerate the production and use of environmentally sound, socially accepted and cost-competitive bioenergy on a sustainable basis. Task 39 focuses on the commercialisation of conventional and advanced liquid biofuels from biomass. Svebio are already active in IEA Bioenergy Task 40, sustainable biomass markets and international bioenergy trade to support the biobased economy.

With a background in chemical process engineering Ekbom will, as the Swedish expert, contribute to further IEA Bioenergy’s work with deep expertise. He will work with research issues in the commercialisation of biofuels and also with information dissemination, nationally through Svebio’s biofuels network “BioDriv” that is headed by Ekbom, and internationally.

– It will be incredibly stimulating to participate in this cooperation. Developing technology and the marketplace for biofuels with the overall objective of reducing the climate impact of transportation is a matter of urgency. Sweden has a leading position in terms of technology and market development. This will be made visible in Task 39, commented Tomas Ekbom.

– We are of course delighted that Tomas has been awarded this assignment. He has worked with industrial biofuel production for many years and in this role Tomas can pass on a part of the Swedish knowledge to others, while learning about what is happening around the world. It keeps our entire organisation updated while we can convey what is happening to others through our work in the European Biomass Association, AEBIOM, or through our own publications. This means that we can help to speed up the transition to renewable transportation fuels, which is our goal, said Gustav Melin, President of Svebio.

For further information, contact Gustav Melin, +46 70-5244400 eller Tomas Ekbom, +46 70-2761578.

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