Task 43: Biomass Feedstocks for Energy Markets

Workshop Documents

Task 43 Workshop:

Vancouver, Canada, June 21, 2016

WP1 – Landscape management and design for bioenergy and the bioeconomy
G. Berndes

Biomass feedstocks for Energy Markets
I. Dimitriou

Outcome of Task 43 survey in support of planning of work in WP1 in the 2017-2018 period
B. Kulišic

Environmental effects of integrating SRC into landscapes
I. Dimitriou

Sustainable intensification of agricultural systems in combination with biorefinery processing can produce more biomass for bioenerergy without imposing ILUC
U. Jörgensen

Bioenergy and Food Security Approach and Rapid Appraisal
L. Ruis and I. Maltsoglou

ToSIA -Tool for Sustainability Impact Assesment
J. Schweinle

Landscape management by choosing the optimal land slots for SRC planations – a fuzzy AHP Approach
B. Kulišic

G. Berndes

Day 2 – September 22, 2016

BioFuelNet – IEA Bioenergy joint workshop

Overview of Canada’s BioFuelNet
J.K. Vessey

Large scale transport of biomass through pipeline for production of fuels and chemicals
M. Vaesi and A. Kumar

Valorization of low quality and stranded biomass resources in Mission, BC.
M. Ebadian, E. Thiffault, F. Yazdanpanah, S. Sokhansanj

Upstream forest supply chain management with multiple objectives
J. Shee, H. Han, W. Chung

Sustainability impact assessment of bioenergy generation from logging residues in Canada
M. Marinescu

A northern biorefinery in Canada.
A. Moreau

Logistics of supplying wood pellets to the coal-fired power plants in Alberta.
M. Ebadian, R. Jacobson, F. Yazdanpanah, S. Sokhansanj

Managing the moisture content of wood biomass for the optimisation of Ireland’s transport supply strategy to bioenergy markets and competing industries.
G. Devlin

Forest biorefinery project in La Tuque – Challenges & Opportunities
Benoit Delcroix


Landscape management by choosing the optimal land slots for SRC plantations – a fuzzy AHP approach
B. Kulišić1, W. White 2, I. Dimitriou 3

WP1: Landscape management and design for bioenergy and the bio-economy

EUBCE 2016 Workshop: The World Needs more Land Use Change

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 7, 2016

Workshop Agenda

Bioenergy from agroforestry can lead to improved food security, climate change, soil quality and rural development
N. Sharma, World Agroforestry Centre

Optiminzing lignocellulosic cropping systems to achieve multiple benefits
I. Dimitriou, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

GBEP AG6:  Good examples of bioenergy-water relationships
Uwe R. Fritsche, INAS

Improved biomass output:  Examples, evidence and perspectives
H. Langeveld, Biomass Research; J. Dixon, ACIAR; M.S. Breure, Biomass Research

Approaches to promote landscape management & design:  Balancing multiple goals related to environmental & resource management
V. H. Dale, Centre for BioEnergy Sustainability, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Promoting beneficial land-use change:  Guiding decisions toward positive outcomes
K.L. Kline, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Realising positive bioenergy development:  Practical opportunities
Z. Szabó, Sustainability Consultant

Landscape Management and Design for Food,Bioenergy and the Bioeconomy: Methodology and Governance Aspects

Chalmers,Gothenburg,Sweden, March 15-16, 2016

Day 1

Welcome Presentation

Incorporating BIoenergy into Sustainable Landscape Designs
V. H. Dale, Center for Bioenergy Sustainability, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Greening India MIssion; Landscape Management Approach-Methodological Challenges
Prof. N.H. Ravindranath, Indian Institute for Science

Integrating bio-diversity effects in the whole system’s analysis -optimizing land use for the bio-economy
G. Richter, A. Qi & C. Whittaker, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden UK
M. Guo, N. Shah, Imperial College, London UK

Challenges Surrounding the Use Of Reference Situations In Land Use Impact Assessment
M. Nordborg

Short–Term Effects of Whole–Tree Harvesting on Understory Plant Species Diversity and Cover in Two Norway Spruce Sites in Southern Norway
N. Clarke, Norwegian Institute of BIoeconomy Research

What is Good About Multifunctional Landscapes in Terms of Food Production and Security?
G. Nyberg, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences/Luleå University of Technology, 
E. Mattsson, University of Gothenburg

An Approach for Assessing Landscape Changes, Their Drivers, and Their Impact to Society and Environment 
M. Sandewall, The Swedish National Forest Inventory

Methods and Concepts for Mapping and Analysing Ecosystem Services in Landscapes: a Systematic Review
O. Englund, PhD, Chalmers University of Technology

Multi-functionality in a Conservation Landscape in Northern Vietnam
D. T. Hoan, D. Catacutan, R. Mulia, World Agroforestry Center

Sustainability Standards: A Call for Reason
K. L. Kline, Center for Bioenergy and Sustainability

Landscape Management by Choosing the Optimal Land Slots for SRC Plantations–a Fuzzy AHP Approach
B. Kulisic, W. White, I. Dimitriou, Energy Institute Hrvoje Pozar

Incorporating BIoenergy into Sustainable Landscape Designs V. H. Dale, Center for Bioenergy Sustainability, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
T. Lämås, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

Enclosing the Commons: Reasons For the Adoption of Enclosures in The Arid and Aemi-Arid Rangelands of Chepareria
S. M. Mureithi, Triple-L, University of Nairobi


International Bioenergy and Water Workshop UNEP:  Bioenergy and Water:  Developing strategic priorities for sustainable outcomes

Paris, France, February 20-21, 2014

Workshop Agenda

List of Participants

Important (International) Reference Frameworks?
U.R. Fritsche, Scientific Director, IINAS

Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) – Working together for sustainable development
M. M. Morese, Executive Secretary, GBEP

The Water Footprint of Bioenergy
W. Gerbens-Leenes, University of Twente, the Netherlands

Water Policy and Bioenergy in Brazil – Three Case Studies from Brazil
M. Moraes, UFPE, Brazil

Water & EU policy:  EU legislative tools to protect water resources
J.F. Dallemand, European Commission Joint Research Centre

Addressing Water Issues through Certification
S. Haye, Standards Director, Roundtable on sustainable Biomaterials

Integration of Bioenergy Feedstocks into Agricultrual Landscapes can reduce Water Impacts from Agriculture
V. H. Dale, Center for BioEnergy Sustainability, Oak Ridges National Laboratory

SRC Implementation as an Element of Regional Climate Protection Planning ater & EU policy:  EU legislative tools to protect water resources
G. Busch, BALSA

How Can the Benefits of Bioenergy be Delivered?  Issues to consider
J. Chalmer, Winrock International

How Can the Benefits of Bioenergy be Delivered?  IDB Support to Biofuels
N. Jesurun-Clements, Lead Sector Economist, Inter American Development Bank


Savannah Sustainability Workshop

Pinchot Institute for Conservation & IEA Bioenergy Task 43 & Task 40.  Savannah, Georgia.  October 23-24, 2013.

This workshop explored the potential application of sustainability criteria being developed by European governments and industry.  A summary of the major themes and conclusions emerging from the dialogue is contained in the report, The Transatlantic Trade in Wood for Energy:  A Dialogue on Sustainability Standards and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The workshop agenda and presentations can be downloaded here

Webinar presentation (February 27, 2014) can be found on Pinchot Institute for Conservation webpage


World Biofuel Markets 2013

Session – Governing water quality and quantity in bioenergy feedstock production.
Rotterdam, The Netherlands March 14, 2013

Presentations for download:

Workshop Agenda

The Water Debate – Chairman’s opening remarks
G. Berndes, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Measuring Water Use Implications of Biofuel at Different Scale and Decision Framework
S. Yeh, University of California, Davis, U.S.A.

Biofuels, Water and Scale: The case for monitoring outcomes.
J. Chalmers, Winrock International

RSB: A Global Water Management Tool
R. Hogan, Rountable on Sustainable Biofuels

Best Management Practices for Managing Water in Bioenergy Feedstock ProductionTitle
D. Neary, USDA

Land and Water Considerations for Biofuel Feedstock Production
G. Jewitt, University of Kwazulu-Natal

The Water Debate: Productivity and Production Innovation – Israel as an example
O. Gore, Israel NewTech

Integration of Bioenergy Crops into Agriculture Landscapes to Improve Conditions for Water
P. Börjesson, Lund University, Sweden

SRC implementation as an element of regional climate protection planning – a landscape-related assessment
G. Busch, BALSA


IEA Bioenergy Conference 2012

Session V – Biomass Feedstocks for Energy Markets
Vienna, Austria November 13, 2012

Presentations for download:

Bioenergy and water: assessments and policies to support improved governance
Goran Berndes, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Biomass and producer decision making: direct and indirect transfers in different spheres of interaction
J. Gan, Texas A&M University, U.S.A., J.W.A. Langeveld, Biomass Research, The Netherlands, C.T. Smith, University of Toronto, Canada

Are multiple layers of governance systems a barrier for sustainable forest bioenergy production?
C.T. Smith, University of Toronto, Canada

Assessing the Environmental Performance of Biomass Supply Chains – An Effort under Construction
J. Schweinle, S. Ahlgren, G. Berndes, P. Borjesson, C. Gaudreault, H. Langeveld, M. Margni, D. Neary, A. Rodl 



COST – European Cooperation in Science and Technology

Economic Sustainability of Forest Fuel Supply Chains
Portugal, Spain September 2012

Workshop Summary



Mobilizing Sustainable Supply Chains for Forest Biomass for Energy

IEA Bioenergy Task 43
Charleston, South Carolina, USA February 21, 2012

Summary of IEA Bioenergy Task 43 Workshop – Prepared by J. Joudrey

Presentations for download:

Estimates of sustainable feedstocks in the US – the Billion Ton 2 report
Marilyn Buford, US Forest Service

Forest biomass in the EU how much is available and how to mobilize the potential?
Antti Asikainen, Finnish Forest Research Institute, METLA

Feedstocks for energy production in Ireland – challenges in developing economically sustainable supply chains
Ger Devlin, School of Agriculture, Food Science & Veterinary Medicine

Research efforts to improve the harvesting of forest biomass from the mountainous areas in Italy
Raffaele Spinelli, CNR-IVALSA

Mobilizing sustainable supply chains – opportunities and challenges
Tat Smith, University of Toronto

Forest biomass supply chains from natural forests in Canada: Integrating ecological and local constraints
Evelyne Thiffault, Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada    

Constraints to mobilizing sustainable biomass supply chains – the ecological perspective
Inge Stupak, Copenhagen University    

Challenges of sustainable supply chains in the Southeast US
Moderator: Brian Kittler, Pinchot Institute    

Wood procurement in a highly heterogeneous landscape
Pellet Export Perspective: Steven Meyers, FRAM Renewable Fuels

Sustainability Criteria and Practices in the Southeast U.S.
Environmental Perspective: Will McDow, Environmental Defense Fund

IEA Bioenergy Task 43 efforts in “Mobilizing economically sustainable supply chains”
Tanja Ikonen, Finnish Forest Research Institute, METLA


Workshop Summary

The foundation for mobilizing sustainable bioenergy supply chains must be a competitive business case that is efficient along the whole supply and value chain from the management and harvesting of managed forests to conversion facilities, energy markets and consumers. Sustainability criteria can often be viewed as constraints on the system, but also provide an adaptable framework that provides an opportunity for all actors to engage and contribute to sustainable development and deployment of bioenergy systems that satisfy economic, social and environmental criteria. The major challenges to resolve include:

  • accurate and precise estimates of bioenergy feedstock supply rates from sustainably managed private and public forests that justify long-term investments in conversion facilities to competitively produce electricity, heat and manufactured biofuels and secondary bio-products;
  • assessment of benefits and possible negative impacts of bioenergy supply chains at local, regional and national and global scales, involving environmental impact assessment, life cycle assessment, and broader modelling approaches;
  • assessment of the tradeoffs that occur when applying sustainability criteria to bioenergy supply chains; and
  • analysis of impacts of alternative governance models on likely expansion of different bioenergy supply chains, considering market impacts, social impacts; assessment of the viability of different bioenergy supply chains.

This workshop presents an opportunity to study these challenges in the southeastern U.S., a region undergoing significant growth in biomass production for local energy facilities and international export. In this region, mobilizing sustainable biomass supply chains on the scale necessary to meet current and future demand is confounded by the heterogeneous mix of sustainable forest management programs operating at various scales across the region. The coverage of certified forest land in the U.S. South is limited, suggesting that certification systems may not serve as the singular governance strategy to ensure domestic and international consumers that feedstocks are procured from sustainably managed forests. The workshop will discuss the challenges and opportunities to engage the region’s diverse landowners and develop a broad array of effective sustainable forest management programs and practices along supply chains to satisfy sustainability criteria.

The overarching goal of this one-day workshop is to examine the issues involved in mobilization of competitive, sustainable forest bioenergy supply chains from regional to international scales. This will be achieved through five (5) sessions which include presentations by invited bioenergy experts from Europe and North America and interactive panel discussion sessions.



Quantifying and managing land use impacts of bioenergy

IEA joint meeting of Tasks 38, 40 & 43
Campinas, Brazil September 19-21, 2011

Presentations for download:

Plenary session 1
Parallel session 2a
Parallel session 2b
Parallel session 3a
Parallel session 3b
Plenary session 4

Workshop Summary

IEA Bioenergy Tasks 38/40/43 and CTBE, the Brazilian Bioethanol Science and Technology Laboratory, jointly organized in Campinas, Brazil (September 19-21 2011) an international workshop on ”Quantifying and managing land use effects of bioenergy”. This workshop brought together state-of-the-art research concerned with assessing land use effects of bioenergy, mitigating negative impacts, and promoting beneficial outcomes. More than ninety scientists and policy makers mainly from Brazil, Europe Canada and the United States came together to compare and discuss recent methodological developments, outcomes of case studies and subsequent policy implications. In addition, participants joined in a field trip to either a sugar and bioethanol plant including harvest of sugarcane or a eucalypt plantation where all the operations from site preparation and planting to harvest were shown. A summary article from the workshop with an overview of the main findings and discussions will be submitted to the journal “Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining”. All presentations (46) and most of the posters (7) are available online on all three Task websites. Thanks to all organizers, especially Arnaldo Walter and Regis Leal from CTBE, for their successful effort.



Bioenergy-Water Workshop at Bioenergy Australia

IEA Bioenergy Tasks 43
QLD, Australia November 23-25, 2011

Conference Report in Biofuels (2012) 3(2),115-118

Presentations for download:

Bioenergy and Water – Challenges and Opportunities: Introduction to the Session
Goran Berndes, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Conceptual and Analytical Frameworks for Evaluation and Reporting of the Bioenergy Impacts: The Challenge of Applying LCA for Water
Brendan George, University of New England

Best Management Practices: A Tool for Responsible Water Management
Dan Neary, Southwest Watershed Team, USDA Forest Service

Economics of SRC and Impact of Competition for Water Resources
Amir Abadi, Future Farm Industries CRC, Austalia

Biofuels: Addressing Major Policy Risks
Paul Martin, University of New England

Hydrologic Consequences of Jatropha Production on Wastelands in Developing Countries
Suhas P. Wani, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics

Bioenergy in Water Scarce Countries: Experiences from South Africa
Richard Kunz, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Biofuels and Water: Lessons from California
Kevin Fingerman, UC Berkeley Energy & Resources Group

Optimising Water Use and Minimising Drought Risks in Biomass Production
John McGrath, Murdoch University FFI CRC

Workshop Summary

Bioenergy and water are inextricably linked. In a world where several countries already face water stress – and where over 70% of global freshwater use takes place in the agricultural sector – bioenergy development might present con- siderable challenges, from the perspective of water quantity as well as water quality. At the same time, by leveraging the introduction of efficient water manage- ment techniques and providing energy for water pumping and cleaning, and by providing a wider range of land-use options to optimize the use of land and water, bioenergy development provides opportunities to improve water productivity and increase access to water. Proper integration of bioenergy systems into forestry and agriculture can even reduce some of the impacts of present land use, such as eutrophication and soil erosion.

IEA Bioenergy Task 43 organizes this workshop on bioenergy and water as a follow-up to the workshop – Spotlight on Bioenergy and Water – that was held in July 2010, organized by Task 43 together with The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Oeko-Institut. The workshop is one component in a larger effort that intends to advance knowledge and promote information exchanges concerning the bioenergy and water nexus in the global community. The aim is to stimulate dialogue with groups and organizations working on the issue, and to promote sound bioenergy development that is driven by well-informed decisions in business, governments and elsewhere.

The workshop includes a series of presentations, covering different perspectives on the bioenergy and water nexus, with time for discussion and debate between presentations and in the end of the workshop. The outcome will be used as a basis for producing a brief workshop report summarizing main points and providing a synthesis view on the bioenergy and water nexus, which will be delivered to the 6th World Water Forum to be held in March 2011 in Marseille, France.