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MOVING FORWARD IN PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE BIOMASS FOR ENERGY GETTING TO KNOW GN: Introduce yourself. How many years have you been working in your industry? Karin Haara: I am the executive director of the World Bioenergy Association and it all started in 2008. Building up a new global organisation is a major challenge, but I really believe that bioenergy is going to be one of the most important players globally in the field of renewable energy. I was born in northern parts of Sweden and studied at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. There, I acquired my Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering. After attending different initiatives concerning renewable energy I decided to devote my professional work life to something that would be of importance to future generations, something that would be in balance with nature. The answer is bioenergy.

Karin Haara, Executive Director WBA (Photo by Oskar Omne/Dagens Industri)

C L I M AT E C HA N G E I S O N E of the greatest problems of our world today. The best solution to this problem is to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy, and according to World Bioenergy Association (WBA), biomass will be playing a major role in satisfying the human energy needs. The WBA is a global organization which was founded in May 2008, wherein they have been promoting the use of bioenergy globally in an “efficient, sustainable, economic and environmentally friendly way,” as stated in their factsheet. Their members include national and regional bioenergy organizations, institutions, companies and individuals. GineersNow conducted an exclusive interview with Karin Haara, the executive director of the World Bioenergy Association.

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In 1983, I started as an energy consultant and later on in 1988 as a project manager for the Swedish Bioenergy Association. During this time, I was involved in different bioenergy projects such as promoting education, statistics and information, national and international conferences and lately also international bioenergy business projects. Bioenergy is a widespread area and throughout my work I have been able to gain a better understanding of how different bioenergy systems work and also how to promote development. Bioenergy is a versatile energy source with a multitude of technologies, conversion pathways and end uses. It is a continuous challenge to keep abreast of all the developments in this sector. Every day, there is something new to learn in this sector and that’s what is so exciting and inspiring.

GineersNow  

June 2016 Issue No. 004

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