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30 April 2012

Re-issued as received

Biomass for Electricity Conference: Greening Electricity Generation for Energy Access

VIENNA, 30 April (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) - UN-Energy, in cooperation with the Global Bioenergy Partnership, IEA Bioenergy and other partners, is holding a conference on sustainable biomass for electricity. The event will take place in Güssing, Austria, on 2-4 May 2012.

The conference will provide an opportunity for governments, international organizations and the private sector to share their respective experiences of the role of biomass in de-carbonizing the global energy system, and to explore the readily available and cost-effective potential for emissions reduction that could be achieved through the large deployment of sustainable biomass for electricity. Participants will be offered an executive seminar on bioenergy sustainability assessment and a field trip presenting one of the most interesting Austrian experiences in terms of the rapid development of a green economy: the Güssing experience.

The conference is organized by UN-Energy (UNIDO, FAO and UNEP), Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) and IEA Bioenergy, with the support of Dong Energy, Eskom, E.on and BioElectric Solutions.

Among the participants are utilities and government representatives, experts from regulatory agencies, key energy companies from both developed and developing countries; energy equipment suppliers, bioenergy experts and associations, donors, investors, professional associations and representatives of international organizations.

Journalists are invited to attend the conference in Güssing on 2-4 May. For more information on the event please visit:

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For more information, please contact:

Mikhail Evstafyev
UNIDO Advocacy and Communications Coordinator
Telephone: (+43-1) 26026-5021
Mobile: (+43-699) 1459-7329
Email: M.Evstafyev[at]