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2011 July 14

The "Bio-trade Equity Fund"-Reducing risks of investing in biomass supply

The presentations from the workshop in Brussels on 29 June are now available for download.
The workshop was organised by WBA, with the support of IEA Task 40, at the AEBIOM- European Bioenergy Conference in Brussels on 29 June.
The purpose of this half-day event was to unveil the concept of a Bio-trade Equity Fund to venture capital and private equity firms that may have interest in becoming Fund Manager. It is also of interest to other stakeholders. 

Biomass trade will be essential for Europe to achieve renewable energy targets, yet the financial community does not well understand bioenergy, often lumping low and high risk bioenergy projects into one hi-risk category. Thus capital to develop biomass trade is difficult to find. A Bio-trade Equity Fund can reduce the risk of investing in biomass densification facilities, even in remote locations, by also investing in the supply chains to bring the biomass to market, thus reducing the risk of individual project components. Download a the introductory executive summary


World Biomass Supply and Demand, Dr. Martin Junginger, IEA Task 40, Netherlands 
Concept of a Bio-trade Equity Fund, Douglas Bradley, President, Climate Change Solutions, WBA Board member, Canada
Bioenergy and Finance, Bo Hektor, First Bioenergy, Sweden 
Country Risk, Bo Hektor, First Bioenergy, Sweden 

Investment Examples:

Port facilities and supply chains in Canada, Douglas Bradley, Climate Change Solutions 
Pyrolysis oil installations Worldwide, Douglas Bradley 
Torrefied Wood World potential, Robin Post van der Burg, Topell 
Australian plantation wood to pellets for export to Asia, Andrew Lang, SMARTimbers, WBA Board member, Australia 
The World Bioenergy Association, Kent Nystrom, President 
Summary and Next Steps- Getting a Fund Manager, Douglas Bradley, Climate Change Solutions