Task 43: Biomass Feedstocks for Energy Markets

IEA Bioenergy Task 43

IEA Bioenergy Task 43 seeks to promote sound bioenergy development that is driven by well-informed decisions in business, governments and elsewhere. This will be achieved by providing to relevant actors timely and topical analyses, syntheses and conclusions on all fields related to biomass feedstock, including biomass markets and the socioeconomic and environmental consequences of feedstock production.


Latest Events and Publications

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS:  Governing sustainability of bioenergy, biomaterials and bioproduct supply chains from forest and agricultural landscapes.  Copenhagen 17-19, 2018.  For full details read here

UPCOMING:  Bioenergy Australia Annual Conference 2017  – ‘Bioenergy – Australia’s Reliable Renewable’.  Dockside, Sydney.  November 20-23, 2017.  For full details read here

Sustainability of Bioenergy Supply Chain Workshop.  Gothenburg, Sweden.  May 18 – 19, 2017.  For full details read here.

Forest bioeconomy – a new scope for sustainability indicators.
From Science to Policy 4, European Forest Institute
B. Wolfslehner, S. Linser, H. Pülzl, A. Bastrup-Birk, A. Camia and M. Marchetti.  Read it here

Opportunities to Encourage Mobilization of Sustainable Bioenergy Supply Chains. WIREs Energy Environ 2016. doi: 10.1002/wene.237.

Forest biomass, carbon neutrality and climate change mitigation – European Forest Institute Science-Policy publication.  Read it here

Upcoming:  Task 43 Workshop and National Team Leaders meeting.  Vancouver, Canada Sept 21-23, 2016

Energy and food security can be simultaneously improved through well-designed biofuel and bioenergy development programs, according to a report released today by a team of experts from 10 institutions. The report confronts some of the public’s misconceptions about the food security impacts of biofuels, and offers clarity on the source of these perceptions (PRESS RELEASE – June 14, 2016)  “Bioenergy can support food security.”  Read report

Upcoming: GBEP & Task 43 Bioenergy Webinar- Outcomes of Joint Workshop on “Examples of Positive Bioenergy and Water Relationships”: May 25, 2016 click

Read about the Bioenergy Study Tour in Southeast U.S. hosted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, April 10-14, 2016.  Read it here.

The world needs more land use change.  June 7, 2016.   Joint workshop IEA Bioenergy, GBEP, IRENA, ICRAF at the EUBCE 2016. Workshop details. 

May we have some more land use change, please?  Biofpr(editorial): 195-197.  Read it here

Forest Energy for a Sustainable Future -Composite Report from the R&D Programme, Efficient Forest Fuel Supply Systems 2011-2015, financed by the industry and Swedish Energy Agency.   Read it here

New article in Biofuels, Bioproducts & Biorefining by IEA Bioenergy Task 43 member Göran Berndes “Sustainable bioproducts in Brazil: disputes and agreements on a common ground agenda for agriculture and nature protection”  Read it here

Landscape management and design for food, bioenergy and bioeconomy:  methodology and governance aspects March 15-16, 2016, Chalmers, Gothenburg,  Sweden. Workshop announcement.  Final program and logistics.

Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) is hosting an internet consultation on its verification on sustainability protocol.   7 & 21 March 2016.  Background information and additional details can be found at www.english.rvo.nl/subsidies-programmes/sde/sustainability-criteria

IEA Bioenergy Webinar Series -25 February 2016:  Mobilizing sustainable bioenergy supply chains.  Presented by Tat Smith.  Click here to view webinar including discussion and questions

FUEL Review Paper:  A review of mechanisms responsible for changes to stored woody biomass fuels.   Read it here

IEA Bioenergy Conference 2015 ‘REALISING THE WORLD’S SUSTAINABLE BIOENERGY POTENTIAL’  27-29 October 2015, Berlin, Germany.  Click here for Conclusions and Conference Proceedings

Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBP) Activity Group 6 “Bioenergy and Water” August 25-26, 2015, Stockholm, Sweden. Working documents and outcomes now available. Click here.

Special virtual issue of Journal of Sustainable Forestry to feature papers by Task 43 members:   1.“Woodfuel Harvesting:  A Review of Environmental Risks, Criteria and Indicators, and Certification Standards for Environmental Sustainability.”  B. Lattimore, C.T. Smith, B. Titus, I.Stupak and G. Egnell.  2.“Forest Fuel Reduction and Biomass Supply: Perspectives from Southern Private Landowners.”  K. Skog , J. Barbour , M. Buford , D. Dykstra , P. Lebow , P. Miles , B. Perlack & B. Stokes.  3.“Forest Fuel Reduction and Biomass Supply: Perspectives from Southern Private Landowners.”  J.Gan , A. Jarrett & C. Johnson Gaither.

Upcoming IEA Bionergy Conference 2015:  October 26-29, 2015, Berlin, Germany. The conference will focus on latest developments in the bioenergy sector from industry, academia and policy experts.  Registration is extended to October 14, 2015!  through the conference website:  http://ieabioenergy2015.org

Upcoming CIF Special E-Lecture:  October 13, 2015 @1:30 EST.  Key Findings from Survey of US Bioenergy Stakeholders for the UK DECC-Sponsored Project, “Assessment of the Risks Associated with Certain Biomass Fuel Sourcing Scenarios.” 

Call for Presentations for “11th Biennial Meeting of the Short Rotation Woody Crops Operations Working Group on Short Rotation Woody Crop Science and Technology in an Uncertain Global Marketplace”.  October 11-13, 2016.  Fort Pierce, Florida.  www.woodycrops.org Abstract Submission: Please submit abstracts (maximum of 250 words) in English using Word to bioenergy@utk.edu. The abstract submission deadline is Monday, February 1, 2016. The abstract should be typed in 12-point Arial font with 1.5 inch margins. Please provide the title  in bold, followed by authors’ names (indicate each corresponding author with an asterisk)  and their institutional affiliations on separate lines, and the body of the abstract – single spaced. Below the body, list keywords, complete contact information of the corresponding author, and your preferred topic area (listed above) and presentation format (oral or poster). 

Final call for Submissions to “Sustainable Supply Chains for the Timber Economy of the Future” at AUSTimber 2016 week: Abstracts of 300 words or less should be submitted to Professor Mark Brown, Director of the Forest Industries Research Centre – USC at mbrown2@usc.edu.au or Dr. Mauricio Acuna, Senior Research Fellow – USC at macuna@usc.edu.au before 13 November, 2015.  For more information please contact Professor Mark Brown.

Upcoming: GBEP & Task 43 Bioenergy and Water Workshop: August 25-26, 2015 – Stockholm, Sweden.  For additional details click

Focus Article WIREs:  The climate effect of increased forest bioenergy use in Sweden:  evaluation at different spatial and temporal scales.   Read it here

New IEA Bioenergy Task 43 Technical Report: Fuel Poverty and Bioenergy Discussion paper.  TR2015:03.  Read it here.

New IEA Bioenergy Task 43 Technical Report: Best Practice Guidelines for Managing Water for Bioenergy Feedstock Production.  TR2015:02.  Read it here.

New IEA Bioenergy Task 43 Technical Report: Assessing the Environmental Performance of Biomass Supply Chains..  TR2015:01.  Read it here.

Latest Edition of IEA Bioenergy Annual Report 2014  Read it here

Upcoming Task 43 Business Meeting:  May 21-22, 2015, Dublin, Ireland.  Hotel and agenda in preparation.

Upcoming Task 43 IEA Bionergy ExCo Meeting: ExCo75 May 19-21, 2015, Dublin, Ireland.

Upcoming Conference on Biomass Mobillization:  May 19, 2015, Rome, Italy.  The conference will focus on key results of the three large projects sponsored by the EU on the subject of  energy wood supply chains for agriculture (EuroPruning Project) forestry (INFRES Project) and dedicated plantations (Logistech Project). The combined budget of these projects amounts to €15 million, and the projects gather many of the most prestigious European Institutions dealing with biomass. Registration is open through the conference website:  http://www.infres.eu/en/final-conference/

“Use of Agricultural Residues for Bioenergy ” Workshop Sept 25-26, 2014, Kiev, Ukraine.  This Workshop was organised within the framework of the 2014 Joint Research Centre Enlargement/Integration/Neighbourhood Countries Programme by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission in cooperation with the Scientific Engineering Centre “Biomass”, the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine and the IEA Bioenergy Task 43 – Biomass feedstocks for energy markets.  Visit the web page by clicking here.

Latest Edition of IEA Bioenergy News!  Read it here

“Forests, bioenergy and climate change mitigation” Workshop May 19-20, 2014 outcome statement.  Objectives of the workshope were to 1)facilitate dialogue between scientists on the topic of climate effects of forest – based bioenergy, in order to advance scientific understanding of the topic and to clarify divergetn views on the role of forest-based bioenergy in climate change mitigation; 2)to identify knowledge gaps and priorities for future research and data collection, in order to improve scientific understanding and support policy dvelopment for forest-based bioenergy.  The statement is available by clicking here.

New Era of Cleaner Air in Ontario.  The largest biomass generating station in the world, locate in Atikokan , ON is now fully operational and powered by wood pellets from local producers.  For further information the news release can be found at http://news.ontario.ca/mei/en/2014/09/a-new-era-of-cleaner-air-in-ontario.html

Upcoming: IEA Bionergy Task 43 NTL meeting and Workshop: October 23-24, 2014 – Brussels, Belgium.

IEA Bioenergy Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report. Executive summary, Factsheet, and Presentation by Maria van der Hoeven and Paolo Frankl

Ontario and Alberta Green Energy Doors Open 2014.   October 4, 2014.  An annual single-day, province wide showcase providing access to sustainable and Decentralised Energy projects, businesses, manufacturing sites, education programs and other initiatives.  Information

Biomass for energy- lessons from the Bioenergy Boom November 24-25, 2014 – Workshop by the Helmhlotz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) at KUBUS, Leipzig, Germany.  Information

Perspectives on Quantifying the Benefits of Forest-Based Bioenergy.  Presented by G. Berndes.  Plenary talk at the European Biomass Conference June 23-27, 2014.  Available here

Sustainability Criteria for International Trade in Wood Pellets.  Presented by T. Smith and D. Collins.  Canadian Institute of Forestry e-lecture.  Available at https://cif-ifc.adobeconnect.com/_a1112870713/p98jg5cc1hv/ .  Presentation click here

What Science Can Tell Us:  Forest Bioenergy for Europe.  Edited by P. Pelkonen, M. Mustonen, A. Asikainen, G. Egnell, P. Kant, S. Leduc, D. Pettenella (eds.)  2014 – 112 pages.  Available at http://www.efi.int/portal/news___events/news/?bid=1666  OR www.efi.int/files/attachments/publications/efi_wsctu_4_net.pdf

Biofuel Cropping Systems – Carbon, Land and Food. Edited by H. Langeveld, J. Dixon, H. van Keulen.  Routledge – 2014 – 296 pages.  Available at http://www.taylorandfrancis.com/books/details/9780415539531/

Natural drying and optimising a forest residue supply chain to reduce the total operating costs:  A case study in Western Australia.  M. R. Ghaffariyan, M. Acuna and M. Brown. 2014.   AFORA Industry Bulletin 8.

A compilation of forest biomass harvesting and related policy in Canada. Prov. B.C., Victoria, B.C. Tech. Rep. 081.  J. Roach, and S.M. Berch. 2014.  Available for download at http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/hfd/pubs/Docs/Tr/Tr081.htm