Expert workshop: How can biomass supply for bioenergy deliver multiple benefits and contribute to sustainable development goals?

15 Jun, 2021 - 16 Jun, 2021
Location: online
Contact: Bruno Gagnon (NRCan)
Email: Send email
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Organised by IEA Bioenergy, in collaboration with GBEP

Practical information:

  • Date & Timing: June 15th and 16th, 13:30 – 17:30 CEST each day
  • Meeting location: Online (Zoom)
  • Registration: on-invitation event / registration link sent directly to participants

2021 IEA Bioenergy Biomass Supply and SDG Workshop_FINAL

Final Report
IEA Bioenergy Report – Biomass Supply SDGs_Final.pdf


Bioenergy is currently the largest source of renewable energy and is predicted to increase significantly as countries continue to look for low-carbon fuel alternatives. Increasing demand for bioenergy will necessitate a significant increase in the amount of biomass sustainably procured, which is expected to come from a variety of sources.

Meanwhile, the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by all UN Member States in 2015 to achieve the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. They serve as a comprehensive framework to guide national and international development, embodying the importance of developing holistic policies that address environmental, social and economic priorities. Such an approach is of particular interest for the sustainable production of biomass for bioenergy or other bio-based products, as its growth, harvest, collection, storage, transport, processing and use can have positive or negative impacts on people, communities and ecosystems.

This workshop, hosted as part of the IEA Bioenergy strategic inter-task project on the role of bioenergy in a well-below two degrees (WB2) and SDG world, will examine how biomass supply for bioenergy can contribute to SDGs beyond renewable energy supply and provide multiple co-benefits. The workshop will focus on the relationships between the SDGs and different biomass supply chains and regions, while sharing best practice case studies from around the world. The workshop will also build on these case studies to situate discussions between participants on how governance can further contribute to ensuring the sustainability of biomass supply chains and contributions to the SDGs.

To facilitate remote attendance the online workshop will occur over two half-days:

Day 1: Relationship between biomass supply chains and the SDGs

Day 2: Best practices and governance to enhance co-benefits and contributions to the SDGs


Day 1: Relationship between biomass supply chains and the SDGs

Day 2: Best practices and governance to enhance co-benefits and contributions to the SDGs


Day 1

Nature based solutions, biomass supply and SDGs, Henry Neufeldt, UNEP DTU Partnership (D1-1)

OECD work on sustainable biomass, Jim Philp, OECD (D1-2)

Assessing Sustainability – The GBEP Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy, Constance Miller, Global Bioenergy Partnership (D1-3)

Biofuture Principles for Post-Covid Recovery and Acceleration, Andrea Rossi, Biofuture Platform Facilitation Team (D1-4)

SDGs implementation in the EU context, Luisa Marelli, EC-JRC (D1-5)

Contribution of bioenergy systems to SDG implementation, Jean Blair, Natural Resources Canada (D1-6)

Day 2

Beneficial land-use change in Europe, Oskar Englund, Mid Sweden University (D2-1)

Bioenergy and Land Degradation Neutrality, Barron Joseph Orr, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (D2-2)

Effects of the Southeastern USA woody pellet supply chain on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Keith L. Kline, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (D2-3)

Biogasdoneright® and agro-ecological conversion of agriculture, Guido Bezzi, Consorzio Italiano Biogas (D2-4)

Disrupting highly contested intensive agriculture by changing to grass and legume production for biorefineries, Uffe Jørgensen, Aarhus University (D2-BOG1)

The use of Invasive Alien Plants for Bioenergy in South Africa: Contribution to multiple sustainable development goals, Floor van der Hilst, Utrecht University (D2-BOG2)

Biogas and fertiliser production from agricultural waste, Christian Colindres, Central Agrícola (D2-BOG3)

Biomass supply for bioheat in remote northern Indigenous communities, Cara Sanders, Askii Environmental Inc. (D2-BOG4)

Agro-forestry practices using Gliricidia in Sri Lanka, Lucky Dissanayake, Serendib Assets and Biomass Group (D2-BOG5)