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The main message of this study can be summarised as follows:
With current measures, biomass energy prospectively presents a modest contribution to the EU total primary energy demand at the beginning of next Century. Taking into account its possible positive features, biomass could penetrate the future energy markets to a greater extent if new or better addressed actions at different levels of an economic, social and policy nature, which concern: energy supply; common agricultural policy; environment; and employment and economic growth. In fact, in developing bioenergy schemes, societal and institutional (ie regulatory and fiscal) issues play and will play an important role comparable to that of technology innovation, which, in turn is likely not to be the cause, but the effect, of a change in societal and institutional paradigms.
This will require concertation and harmonisation, not only at EU policy level, but also at Member State and the sector's main actors level, in order to implement coherent strategies. .

Additional information

Authors: CHARTIER P, Agence de l'Environnement et de la Maitrise de l'Energie, Paris (FR)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 17260 FR (1996) 91pp., FS, free of charge
Availability: Available from the Public Relations and Publications Unit, JRC Ispra, I-21020 Ispra (IT), Fax: +39-332-785818
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