Welcome to Swedish Bioenergy - Swebio
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The Swedish Bioenergy Association (Svebio) was founded in 1980, after the oil crisis in 1979. At that time bioenergy accounted for 10 % of the energy supply in Sweden. Bioenergy was not yet commercial and a major part of the bioenergy was used internally in the wood industry.
From 1980 until today the development of bioenergy in Sweden has been impressive. Bioenergy has more than doubled from 48 TWh (173 PJ) in 1980 to 110 TWh (396 PJ) in 2004.
The main reason for this development is the introduction of strong steering taxes on fossil fuels and a widespread use of district heating systems.
At the beginning of this development the political ambition was to reduce oil dependency with nuclear power, coal and domestic fuels.
Since the 1990s environmental issues, e.g. the reduction of carbon dioxide, have been the main political driver.
As a non-profit organisation Svebio has played a central role in this development. In the beginning Svebio provided a necessary network enabling commercial use of wood chips in district heating systems.
Almost all actors in the bioenergy field including municipalities and politicians were involved in this network. The lack of knowledge on bioenergy was common and conferences arranged by Svebio has contributed in turning bioenergy into a commercially accepted fuel.
A major event was BioEnergy 84 World Conference in Gothenburg with Svebio as the main organiser.