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The Bioenergy Working Group is working to accelerate the deployment of bioenergy technologies through two initial projects: a global bioenergy atlas and a long-term strategy for joint capacity building.

Progress

  • The working group is gathering information from different sources to assist participant countries in defining the requirements, restrictions, coverage, and level of details of the atlas. Featured resources are being determined, including analysis tools, best practice reports, deployment impact analysis resources, and resources for deployment potential/policy scenario analysis. As a result of this effort, the Clean Energy Solutions Center portal for biofuels was launched. One motivation behind the portal for biofuels is that biofuels development can also support the agricultural and forest product industries, stimulating local and national economies. Countries have employed an array of incentives and deployment programs to accelerate the use of biofuels.

  • The most recent partner of the working group, the International Energy Agency (IEA) through its Renewable Energy Division, is developing a series of global low-carbon energy technology roadmaps covering the most important technologies. Because the IEA is already leading the elaboration of these roadmaps, under international guidance and in close consultation with government and industry, working group partners can benefit from the assessment of priority actions for governments, industry, financial partners, and civil society that will advance technology development and uptake to achieve international climate change goals. Each roadmap represents international consensus on milestones for technology development, legal/regulatory needs, investment requirements, public engagement/outreach, and international collaboration.
  • The IEA technology roadmap on biofuels for transport was launched in 2011, and the IEA bioenergy roadmap for heat and power generation aims to describe the key steps that need to be taken by stakeholders in research, industry, and policy in order to reach the ambitious projections for bioenergy demand. The roadmap will focus on sustainable biomass feedstock production and supply, targets for research and development of more efficient conversion technologies, and cost projections and enhanced international collaboration on sustainable bioenergy production.
  • The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) also published its report on sustainability indicators for bioenergy. The report represents the first global, government-level consensus on sustainability indicators for bioenergy and describes how GBEP partners and observers have successfully responded to the mandates received from successive Group of Eight summits in 2008, 2009, and 2010.
  • With the support of the Brazilian government, GBEP promoted the “Study Tour for Capacity Building: Bioenergy Week” on 18-23 March 2013 in Brasília, Brazil. The event gathered delegations from 38 countries and launched the activities of the GBEP Working Group on Capacity Building (WGCB).

The working group believes that both the IEA technology roadmaps and the GBEP report on sustainability indicators for bioenergy offer a strong starting point for the global bioenergy atlas by providing insight on the global potential of different technologies and by outlining sustainability considerations related to different scenarios.

Upcoming Activities

  • The Bioenergy Working Group will hold a workshop in 2013 for all participating Clean Energy Ministerial governments to discuss technological advances (advanced and second-generation biofuels), international market perspectives on biofuels, and global investment opportunities in bioenergy through synergies with biofuels initiatives.