European Pellet Conference


Wednesday, 6 April 2022


Stadthalle, Pollheimerstraße 1,
4600 Wels/Austria

and online


English, German

What do we offer?

  • leading international conference
  • major tradeshow on renewable energy
  • networking opportunities for pellet actors along the value chain

Pellets - fuelling the energy transition!

What is it all about?

The new "Fit for 55" package aims to put the EU on track towards climate neutrality. Energy accounts for 75% of GHG emissions. As a CO2-neutral fuel, sustainable bioenergy is a key pillar for decarbonisation.

In 2022, the European Pellet Conference – the largest annual pellet event worldwide – shows how firing up pellet markets can boost the energy transition and how to position pellets as an important climate solution! The event is part of the World Sustainable Energy Days (WSED), a leading annual conference on the energy transition and climate neutrality.

Hybrid Event:

  • On-site participation: following COVID rules in place at the time of the event, registered participants will receive detailed guidance prior to the event.
  • Online participation from anywhere in the world

Find out more!

Conference Fees

  • 30 Euro (on-site and online) for the European Pellet Conference (6 April)
  • 70 Euro (on-site and online) for all WSED conferences (5 - 8 April)

All fees include an entrance ticket to the tradeshow and conference documentation. All fees plus 10 % VAT.


6 April

09.00 Strategy Session: Fuelling the energy transition with pellets!

We show how firing up pellet markets can boost the energy transition and how to position pellets as an important climate solution.

  • Opening and welcome
    Andreas Rabl, Mayor, City of Wels, Austria
    Gerhard Dell, OÖ Energiesparverband, Austria
  • How can bioenergy profit from the "Fit for 55" package?
    Johannes Baur, European Commission, DG Energy
  • Update on European pellet markets
    Irene di Padua, Bioenergy Europe
  • Best Young Biomass Researcher Award
  • Bioenergy as a job engine
    Ute Collier, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
  • Land use for bioenergy: synergies and trade-offs
    Floortje van der Hilst, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

11.30 Pellet Leadership Forum

Leading experts share their views and insights on burning topics about the future of pellets and the development of pellet markets.

  • Thomas Meth, Enviva, USA
  • Stefan Ortner, ÖkoFEN, Austria
  • Michael Hjorth Christensen, CM Biomass, Denmark
  • Christiane Egger, OÖ Energiesparverband, Austria

14.15 Pellet Innovation Factory

In this session, we showcase innovations in pellet technologies, projects and solutions across the bioenergy value chain.

  • Pellet innovations from Upper Austria applied worldwide
    • Stefan Kopp, Hargassner, Austria
    • Werner Emhofer, Fröling, Austria
    • Gottfried Baumann-Leitner, Windhager, Austria
  • Dynamising the US market: Tax credits for pellet boilers
    Emanuel Wagner, Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC), USA
  • Branding: a key success factor for consumer trust
    Rainer Elste, Steinbeis-Beratungszentrum Vertriebs- und Marketinginstitut, Germany
  • A renovation campaign for biomass heat
    Francisco Puente Salve, Escan Energy Consulting, Spain
  • A new test method for biomass boilers: development and validation
    Markus Schwarz, BEST, Austria / Hans Hartmann, TFZ, Germany
  • Safe operation of pellet production plants
    Fahimeh Yazdan Panah, Wood Pellet Association of Canada
  • Pellet storage - new requirements for bag silos
    Hans Martin Behr, Deutsches Pelletinstitut, Germany

16.30 World of Pellets Session

International experts offer updates and outlooks on pellet markets around the world, which topics are key, and where.

  • Opening
    Gordon Murray, on behalf of the European Pellet Council
  • Japan
    Kenichiro Kojima, Pellet Club Japan
  • Brazil
    Afonso Bertucci, Braspell Bioenergia
  • Germany
    Martin Bentele, Deutscher Energieholz- und Pellet-Verband (DEPV)
  • Austria
    Christian Rakos, proPellets Austria
  • Spain
    Pablo Rodero Masdemont, AVEBIOM / President European Pellet Council


Gordon Murray, Wood Pellet Association of Canada

18.00 Conference end

19.00 Evening programme

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