Part-financed by The European Union
European Regional Development Fund and European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument
The report gives an overview of definitions for the terms used in the context of certification systems and presents initiatives and systems, which are developed to guarantee the sustainability of biomass for different purposes.
Existing sustainability initiatives and certification systems are compared with the requirements for a sustainable bioenergy production worked out in the task 3.1.
Use of fuelwood for farms and households is an essential part of bioenergy in Finland and in most of the countries in the Baltic Sea Region. It is important to improve also its environmental issues in the whole chain of custody. The report 'Environmental influences of small scale use of fuelwood - preliminary life circle observation' is some kind of starting point to this part of bioenergy promotion.
AEBIOM argues that biomass use can be increased while keeping carbon neutrality in sustainably managed and productive forests and saving CO2 by substituting fossil fuels. Key roles of forest: Forest plays important roles for the society and economy in Europe: It offers raw materials for the industry It delivers various forms of biomass for energy It secures a large number of jobs along the whole value chain It provides areas for recreation, leisure activities, wildlife and the preservation of the natural habitat, for the water natural cycles and the stabilization of the regional climate.
This workshop was held in conjunction with ExCo65 in Nara City, Japan on 12 May 2010. At the workshop presentations were given by 8 invited speakers and consisted of four sessions as follows: Session 1 – Overview and Scene Setting Session 2 – Trade in Solid Biofuels Session 3 – Trade in Liquid Biofuels Session 4 – Sustainability and Trade Session 5 – Discussion and Conclusions
The Commission adopted 25 February a report on sustainability requirements for the use of solid biomass and biogas in electricity, heating and cooling. The report makes recommendations on sustainability criteria to be used by those Member States that wish to introduce a scheme at national level, in order to avoid obstacles for the functioning of the internal market for biomass.