Energy efficiency and the profitable use of biomass residues are often demonstrated by pulp and paper factories, which are forerunners in this area. A new example is given by Dalkia and Metso, global players in bioenergy service and technology in France.

The climate around the most important renewable resource-wood-is becoming increasingly rough. On the one hand, many countries are pushing the use of wood as an energy source in order to protect the climate. On the other hand, the traditional users of wood as a raw material, the timber, pulp and paper industries, complain about prices being forced up by the current run on firewood.

With the aid of small island PV systems, a German-based aid foundation is bringing light in the huts of Ethiopia's rural population. The solar energy is also awakening the energy of the people themselves.