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Corporate Social Responsibility and Good Governance – obstacles or opportunities for sustainable investments in bioenergy


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Feb 15, 2013

Corporate Social Responsibility and Good Governance – obstacles or opportunities for sustainable investments in bioenergy

Picture: Aino Martikainen

The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) is an international event focusing on central issues regarding the future of the global agri-food industry. This year it was held for the fifth time in January 2013, during the International Green Week (IGW) in Berlin and it was hosted by the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection.

The 2013 GFFA “Responsible Investment in the Food and Agriculture Sectors – A Key Factor for Food Security and Rural Development” brought together politics, industry, academia and civil society at a forum for exchange and political understanding, providing a platform for intensive talks, discussions and meetings at the various events.

Expert involved in panel discussion

One of the events was the expert panel with the title “Corporate Social Responsibility and Good Governance- obstacles or opportunities for investments in sustainable bioenergy in Baltic Sea Region”, organized by the project Bioenergy Promotion 2.
The panel was invited to discuss responsible investments in the fields of bioenergy considering the current stage and advantages of good governance and corporate social responsibility and how the existing procurement rules could be used to integrate sustainable bioenergy concepts into public and private investment projects.

Bjarne Rasmussen opened the event by presenting the project Bioenergy Promotion 2 and the purpose of the event. See the presentation >>

Learn from the best

Andreas Vetter, the Sustainability Implementation Manager of Vattenfall Berlin, presented the Agreement on Sustainability of Procured Biomass between the State of Berlin and Vattenfall. Vattenfall intends to halve its CO2 emissions till 2020 and in the Climate Protection Agreement Berlin it promises to expand the use of biomass in its existing as well as in newly planned facilities. In form of an Addendum to this Agreement Vattenfall and State of Berlin defines agreed on biomass sustainability criteria covering greenhouse gas reduction and environmental and social effects. This was the first agreement of this kind between a European utility company and a state government. See the presentation >>

Udo Hemmerling, Deputy General Secretary of the German Farmers’ Association, emphasized in his presentation the importance of involving local people in bioenergy projects and investments. Rural energy projects offer opportunities for farmers and cooperatives. See the presentation >>

Pascal Tshibanda, CEO of Green Tech Park in Sweden, told that agriculture is very important for the Skaraborg region and the municipalities are working very consequently to promote investment in bioenergy and to create supply chains together with the farmers owning part of the company and supply chain. Farmers deliver biogas produced form residues and manure for the 1.100 cars of  the municipality. The cars are leased for three years and will be sold after that on the second market. The public procurement has so big role in promotion of biogas cars. See the presentation >>

Jonas Ericson presented how greenhouse gases have been reduced in Stockholm. The city of Stockholm started 15 years ago with 300 clean vehicles using biogas or ethanol. The market offer on clean vehicles at that time was very low. Through the push effect of public procurement the car industry was put pressure on. There are now 300 different Clean Vehicle models on the market in Sweden and in Stockholm 170.00 clean vehicles and 90% of fuelling stations offer biogas and ethanol for cars. Companies working for the city have to fulfill a requirement of a certain share of clean vehicles. The city of Stockholm has also set incentives to green the transport, e.g. clean taxis are prioritized and can pass the waiting lines on airport and train stations or for only clean vehicles designated parking spaces. See the presentation >>

Sharing of experiences

In the second part of the event Bjarne Rasmussen and Tyge Kjaer led the discussion on sustainable investments in bioenergy. The speakers discussed their experiences with promotion sustainable bioenergy and which factors are important to support the investment in bioenergy.
The Expert discussion was an activity of the Bioenergy Promotion 2-project and was organized by the Agency for Renewable Resources.

For more information:
Aino Martikainen, a.martikainen (a) fnr.de,
the Agency for Renewable Resources