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Climate change is the single most important challenge facing humanity today. Rising concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere due to the burning of fossil fuels is the major cause of climate change. Currently, the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere has exceeded 410 ppm – levels unseen in the recent past – and they show no signs of decline. This increased concentration has led to increasing global average temperatures to already 1°C compared to pre industrial levels. The effects of global warming are already being felt around the world leading to increased instances of hurricanes, floods and droughts.
The consensus among the scientific community along with the international governments is to make efforts to limit global warming to less than 2°C and aiming for more ambition to limit to 1.5°C. However, the challenge is enormous.
The major cause of climate change is burning of fossil fuels – coal, oil and gas. The world is dependent on burning of this fossil carbon as more than 80% of the energy supply comes from fossil fuels. The situation has to change dramatically. The only options we have are to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy technologies and reduce energy consumption by implementing energy efficiency measures.
Renewable Energy Technologies (Solar, Wind, Geothermal, Hydropower and Bioenergy) are already commercially available and cost effective in many parts of the world. They provide energy independence, create jobs, protect public health and reduce fossil emissions. They are playing an ever-increasing contribution to the global energy mix and their current share is approx. 18% in the final energy consumption. However, the share is still too low and not increasing as fast as required.
Among all renewable energy technologies, Bioenergy or energy from bio-based materials, is the largest energy source as it comprises 2/3rd of all renewable energy sources. Bioenergy is a versatile energy source. Unlike other technologies with a single resource (e.g. sun, wind, water) and limited uses (e.g. only electricity), Bioenergy has a multitude of feedstock (e.g. forestry, agriculture, municipal solid waste) along with a variety of end uses (e.g. heating, cooling, electricity, transport fuels). International organizations agree that we need to increase the use of biomass as it has the best potential to replace fossil fuels in all end use sectors globally.
However, challenges remain in expansion of biomass use for bioenergy. Misinformation and lack of good quality data hinders the progress of the sector. It is important that fact-based success stories and reliable data are communicated in an unbiased and timely manner to build trust and enable the growth of bioenergy as an important part of the current and future energy mix.
World Bioenergy Association
World Bioenergy Association is a member based Non-Governmental Organization located in Stockholm, Sweden. Established in 2008, WBA is currently one of the largest global network of bioenergy stakeholders. WBA mission is to promote the sustainable development of bioenergy on a global level and to support the business environment for bioenergy. Current members include more than 200 companies, research organizations, national/regional associations and individuals from more than 60 countries representing all continents.
WBA activities include publishing factsheets, statistics reports, country mission reports and an official WBA Bioenergy Magazine. WBA has published factsheets on all important bioenergy issues including carbon neutrality, small scale biomass heating, pellets, liquid biofuels, biogas, biomass supply chains etc. The Annual Statistics Report is an important publication which has the latest information about bioenergy development worldwide with important tables and figures. WBA also provides an opportunity for networking and information exchange for our members via our annual meetings and study tours. Our past events have taken us to Kenya, Turkey, USA, Brazil, China, India, EU etc. and country mission reports are a way of presenting the information about bioenergy technologies, markets and policies around the world.
WBA always welcomes prospective applicants who are interested in the bioenergy and/or renewable energy sector. Our work deals with a broad range of technologies, policies, markets etc. and interested candidates are encouraged to apply directly.
The responsibilities of an intern at WBA include (depending on the duration of the internship):
Preferred qualifications of the interns include:
The intern will be provided with basic office supplies. It is recommended to have his/her own laptop for use. Expenses related to the work (e.g. local travel/accommodation for events abroad) will be covered. Location of the internship will be at WBA Secretariat in Stockholm. Prospective applicants can send a cover letter (A4 page) and most recent CV to the email address below. Only selected candidates will be invited for an interview.
World Bioenergy Association (Secretariat)
Kammakargatan 22, 111 40, Stockholm, Sweden
+46 8 441 70 84