DLG International, a subsidiary of the DLG (German Agricultural Society), and the CremonaFiere Spa (Fair Cremona) today announced plans to continue its strategic cooperation in the fields of bioenergy and renewable energy. The plans were announced at a press conference held on 28 October 2011 at the International Dairy Cattle Show in Cremona, Italy.
The first fruit of this joint cooperation began a year ago with BioEnergy Italy – Biomass and Renewables, an exhibition held in Cremona which premiered in March this year. With 142 exhibitors and over 12,000 trade visitors, BioEnergy Italy has fulfilled the needs and expectations of market partners. Both organizers see this as an excellent foundation from which to expand further cooperation.
"With BioEnergy Italy, we provide a professional tool to address an area of great potential which, at the same time, requires deep know-how.” said president of CremonaFiere, Antonio Piva. “The event is not just about presenting the best technical innovations from around the world. Its added value lies in the full program. Dozens of seminars, workshops, and guided tours will help visitors learn about all aspects of energy production from renewable sources. We have achieved this through close collaborations with DLG International, the most qualified partner we could find to provide such a high level of support."
Echoing positive sentiments on the partnership, Dr. Jochen Köckler, DLG International’s Supervisory Board Chairman added: "We are pleased to continue the successful partnership in the field of bioenergy with CremonaFiere. CremonaFiere's connections in the Italian agro-food industry combined with DLG's experience in bioenergy, together with the long experience of both companies in the development and implementation of professional trade shows form the basis for this successful collaboration."
Germany and Italy are currently two of Europe's most important markets for bioenergy and renewable energy. Both countries boast advanced levels of development of relevant technologies as well as extensive skills and know-how on the part of plant operators. DLG functions to facilitate the deliberate and organized exchange of knowledge between market participants, as well as increase such exchange between global bioenergy sectors.
Italy's renewable energy sector buoyant
Italy's renewable energy sector, which now supplies 9 percent of Italy's energy needs, continues to attract new investments. According to the Bloomberg New Energy Finance (April 2011), Italy plays a major role not only in the renewable energy sector in Europe but also at the global level. Cremona, itself a major agroindustrial district in Italy, is located in Lombardy, Italy's most cutting-edge region for renewable energy. At the national level, about 94 percent of Italian municipalities now have renewable energy plants installed with this trend continuing to climb. With over 500 biogas plants of over 550 MW, Italy is now third in terms of renewable energy usage in Europe, after Germany and the UK.
To be held from 15 to 17 March 2012 in Cremona, Bioenergy Italy 2012 will once again provide a unique platform for the latest technologies and trends in the field of renewable energy, with a focus on Italy and the Mediterranean region. Greater exhibitor numbers are expected in all sectors ranging from biogas, solar and geothermal energy, as well as energy from wood byproducts and the food industry. Complementing the exhibits will be an extensive technical programme addressing all relevant aspects of renewable energy. The 2012 event also promises more intense collaboration through a German-Italian scientific dialogue and a greater level of exchange between all practitioners.