New secretary general appointed to ePURE

By ePURE | September 18, 2014

Brussels—The European renewable ethanol association, ePURE, has appointed Robert Wright as its new secretary general. Wright will take up the position immediately.

Wright brings a wealth of experience to the role, including over 20 years working in European Union public policy and public affairs having worked for the EU Commission and in the energy and high technology sectors.

“I am delighted to be joining ePURE and to take up the challenge of representing Europe’s ethanol sector,” he said. “This industry is central to building a biobased economy in Europe in terms of addressing energy security in transport, producing much-needed domestic animal feed, and contributing to rural development. Ethanol produced in Europe is amongst the most sustainable products in the world but I am aware that challenging times lie ahead, and the industry must work hard to ensure that ethanol has a future role to play as a transport fuel.”  

His predecessor, Rob Vierhout officially stepped down from the position at the end of his four terms on Sept. 17.

“Being the secretary general of ePURE has been an extraordinary privilege,” Vierhout said. “I am proud of what this industry has achieved over the past four years since the inception of ePURE and I wish it, and my successor, continued success in the future. The association began with 11 members, now we have 58 members which shows that ePURE has become a credible player in the global ethanol market.”