The use of modern bioenergy has been steadily growing over the last decade. The International Energy Agency’s technology roadmaps note that sustainably produced bioenergy must play an increasing role in the energy sector in order to meet growing global energy needs and reduce carbon emissions. Bioenergy has the potential to contribute to economic growth, energy security, employment, and rural incomes for developed and developing countries. However, many different feedstocks and technologies can be used to produce bioenergy, and it is important to promote sustainable projects and initiatives that employ best practices.
The Bioenergy Working Group worked to accelerate the deployment of bioenergy technologies through two key projects:
- A global bioenergy atlas that expands on an existing database on bioenergy potential and considers both the potential for biofuels production and the potential use of biomass for electricity generation. The atlas identifies initiatives that can promote the development of new uses for biomass in sustainable and efficient ways in poor communities and explore the potential for local production with low-cost technologies.
- A long-term strategy for joint capacity building.
As an example of the importance of a global bioenergy atlas, the 15 African countries that attended the “West African Regional Forum on Sustainable Modern Bioenergy” in March 2012 noted that the most important tool required to develop bioenergy in their countries is the proper identification of suitable areas for bioenergy crops through approaches such as agro-zoning.
The group also worked in close cooperation with the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP), which promotes bioenergy for sustainable development.
For more information, view the working group’s activities page or fact sheet.