Biomass a €3,700-millon business in Spain accounting for 0.34% of GDP

The biomass business in Spain now generates a turnover of around €3,700 million, accounting for 0.34% of GDP, according to figures released recently at the AGM of the Spanish Association for Energy Recovery from Biomass (AVEBIOM). The AGM was held in Valladolid, where the national head office of the AVEBIOM is located.

Javier Díaz González, President of the AVEBIOM, underlined the significant growth of the economic activity generated by biomass in Spain and pointed out that “our country has great quantities of biomass, which leads us to foresee sustained growth of a sector of great potential”.

According to the President of the AVEBIOM, Spain currently avails of 35% of the annual increase of forest surface area in the country, compared to an average of 61% for Europe as a whole.

The biomass business in the EU is worth around €55,000 million per annum, accounting for 0.37% of the total GDP of Member States, three tenths of a percentage point higher than in Spain. The sector employs around 300,000 people, with approximately 7% of these jobs being located in Spain.

Expobiomasa 2017: 18,000 professionals from 40 countries

At the AVEBIOM AGM, there was a very positive reaction to the reservation of exhibition space and attendance forecasts for the international Expobiomasa trade fair, which is amongst the world’s top five biomass exhibitions. The event is organised by AVEBIOM and will take place from September 26th to 29th in Valladolid.

According to AVEBIOM forecasts, over 18,000 professionals associated with energy from biomass will attend this year’s event, the majority from outside Castilla y León. Segments such as pellet production, and the installation of biomass stoves, boilers and air conditioning networks will be particularly well represented at the event.

During the exhibition, AVEBIOM will also hold the 11th International Bioenergy Congress, which will feature the participation of the leading professionals worldwide in Industry 4.0 digital technologies. They will address the challenge of further improving the efficiency of biomass energy generation systems, bearing in mind that biomass is a renewable resource and more economical than fossil fuels.