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Here you can download the agenda of the International Panel on Sustainable Business Models. The panel was held in Poznan, Poland on 22nd of November 2011.
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.
Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) The recent G8 Summit held in Muskoka, Canada, renewed the Global Bioenergy Partnership’s mandate, calling for it to move forward in defining its sustainability criteria and indicators and work on capacity building. In their final communiqué, the summit leaders said they recognised the potential of bioenergy for sustainable development, climate change mitigation and energy security. They added: “We welcome the work of the Global Bioenergy Partnership and commit to facilitating swift adoption of voluntary sustainability criteria and indicators, as well as on capacity building activities.” GBEP is succeeding in attracting an ever greater number of countries and international organisations to become partners – with the total number now at 33. Another 28 take part as observers. This broad participation makes the GBEP’s work increasingly authoritative and relevant and means that bioenergy experts and decision-makers worldwide are contributing to its goals.
IEA Bioenergy News is the newsletter of IEA Bioenergy. This issue covers the May ExCo65 meeting in Nara City, Japan. It also features the an editorial on Bioenergy in Japan, a focus on Task 32, the Noticeboard, and recent publications and upcoming events.
EUROPEAN COMMISSION HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION: Article 1 The European Commission (hereafter referred to as ‘the Commission’) shall participate as a partner in the Global Bioenergy Partnership. Article 2 The Commissioner for Energy, or his designated representative, is authorised to sign the Terms of Reference for the Global Bioenergy Partnership on behalf of the Commission.
The IEA Bioenergy 2009 Annual Report includes a special feature article 'Bioenergy – a Sustainable and Reliable Energy Source: A review of status and prospects'. This is the Executive Summary of the strategic paper prepared by IEA Bioenergy. The Annual Report also includes a report from the Executive Committee and a detailed progress report on each of the Tasks. Also included is key information such as Task participation, Contracting Parties, budget tables and substantial contact information plus lists of reports and papers produced by the Implementing Agreement. Please Note: This file contains hyperlinks for easy access to Task information, Appendices and websites.
ENERGYpapers is an electronic information service on publications of interest to the energy sector. Its purpose is to keep energy professionals informed about the emergence of new publications that may be of their interest. We would like to introduce one of our highest value-added services, first and only of its kind: our summaries of the Official Journal of the European Union on energy matters, now available in all the official languages in the EU. You can find more information and subscribe to our service on our website.
The EU is committed to combat climate change and to increase security of its energy supply. Bioenergy from forestry and agriculture plays a key role for both. The Common Agricultural Policy helps agriculture and forestry to provide biomass for energy and encourages the use of bioenergy in rural areas.
COMMISSION STAFF WORKING DOCUMENT Accompanying document to the COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS on Investing in the Development of Low Carbon Technologies (SET-Plan) A TECHNOLOGY ROADMAP
IEA Bioenergy published its first Strategic Plan in 1995. This was seen as a ‘living document’ which would be amended to reflect the changing needs and aspirations of IEA Bioenergy and its Members. Accordingly, new plans were developed in response to changing circumstances. Now a fourth version has been produced. The drivers of the new Strategic Plan include: In May 2009 the Executive Committee discussed priorities for future work and agreed that the most pressing issues included sustainability issues; the impact of bioenergy on land use change; R&D needs and priorities for the range of emerging bioenergy technologies; evaluation of new potential conversion technologies and crops; and issues associated with the practical implementation of bioenergy systems. • The increased emphasis on security of energy supply by Member Countries and the need to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. • The increased emphasis on greenhouse gas mitigation through the use of bioenergy technologies by Member Countries. • The need to develop sustainable, non-food biomass resources to be used in bioenergy applications that are environmentally sound and socially acceptable. • The need for large-scale development and deployment of new or improved bioenergy technologies. • The need to increase the strategic role of IEA Bioenergy and to support energy policy development. • The need to enhance the support of IEA bodies in promoting their global energy and environment strategy.
Bioenergy Biomass is derived from different types of organic matter: energy plants (oilseeds, plants containing sugar) and forestry, agricultural or urban waste including wood and household waste. Biomass can be used for heating, for producing electricity and for transport biofuels. Biomass can be solid (plants, wood, straw and other plants), gaseous (from organic waste, landfill waste) or liquid (derived from crops such as wheat, rapeseed, soy, or from lignocellulosic material). The use of biomass can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The carbon dioxide it gives off when it is burned is counterbalanced by the amount absorbed when the plant in question was grown. However, generating net greenhouse gas savings also depends on the cultivation and fuel production processes used. Following the Commission's Biomass Action Plan, several Member States have produced their own national action plans. Most recently, the Commission has conducted a study into the permitting procedures of biomass installations, and is assessing the options for developing biomass sustainability criteria (including through recent public consultations).
IEA Bioenergy is an organisation set up in 1978 by the International Energy Agency (IEA) with the aim of improving cooperation and information exchange between countries that have national programmes in bioenergy research, development and deployment.