Part-financed by The European Union
European Regional Development Fund and European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument
Final Report of Task 4.5 Pilot Projects: being one of the central works of Bioenergy Promotion, Task 4.5 is about the identification and description of Pilot Projects within the subregions. These projects range from the mere planning stage to the improvement of fully implemented ventures. This reflects the level of development of the bioenergy sector in the according subregions and gives valueable information about the regional market extension. The partners provided bioenergy assessments, the pilot projects themselves, prefeasibility studies and additional information for investors. The final report is a compilation of these outputs providing compact information about the subregions and general conclusions about the situation in the Baltic Sea Region. The Final Report was elaborated by BioenergieBeratung Bornim - B3 GmbH on behalf of the Potsdam Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Existing sustainability initiatives and certification systems are compared with the requirements for a sustainable bioenergy production worked out in the task 3.1.
4 October 2010, Rome - The world's forest biodiversity is threatened by a high global rate of deforestation and forest degradation as well as a decline in primary forest area. In many countries, however, there is a continued positive trend towards the conservation of forest biological diversity via dedicated conservation areas. These are some of the key findings of the final report of FAO's Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010 (FRA 2010), the most comprehensive assessment of the state of the world's forests ever undertaken. The final report of FRA 2010 was published today at the start of the latest biennial meeting of the FAO' Committee on Forestry and World Forest Week, in Rome.
Jatropha - a bioenergy crop for the poor 22 Jul 10 22 July 2010, Rome - Using the energy crop jatropha for biodiesel production could benefit poor farmers, particularly in semi-arid and remote areas of developing countries, according to a report published by FAO and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). But the report stresses that jatropha is still essentially a wild plant sorely in need of crop improvement. Expecting jatropha to substitute significantly for oil imports in developing countries is unrealistic. "Many of the actual investments and policy decisions on developing jatropha as an oil crop have been made without the backing of sufficient science-based knowledge," the report said. "Realizing the true potential of jatropha requires separating facts from the claims and half-truths." http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/44142/icode/
This report is a synthesis of information and its relative distribution in the bioenergy field, obtained through a review of global data and literature. The report contains two main sections organized around bioenergy issues, including an information survey and a literature review. The overwhelming amount of research focused on bioenergy compared to all other renewable energy types illustrates the role of bioenergy as the most important renewable energy source for the near- and medium-term future. Based on existing literature, the review seeks to identify some key trends and shifts in bioenergy topics related to the sustainable potential of global biomass.
A position paper by World Bioenergy Association (WBA) based on a report by the Department of Energy and Technology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) shows that the global potential to produce biomass for energy in a sustainable way is sufficient to meet global energy demand.
The EU Commission has yesterday launched a public stakeholder consultation on Biodiverse grassland, biofuels and bioliquids. Below more info. Attached the consultation document. The objective of the consultation is to seek views on possible approaches to define the criteria and ranges of highly biodiverse grasslands. This will feed into the drafting of a Commission Decision on the establishment of criteria and ranges of highly biodiverse grasslands for the purpose of Directive 2009/28/EC. The sustainability requirements of the Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources establish that raw materials used for the production of biofuels and bioliquids may not be produced on land that had the status of highly biodiverse grassland in or after January 2008. The Commission is required to establish such criteria and ranges according to Article 17(3)c of the Directive 2009/28/EC . Consultation period: 14/12/2009 - 08/02/2010 More info at http://ec.europa.eu/energy/renewables/consultations/2010_02_08_biodiverse_grassland_en.htm