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)
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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


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

Presentations, as well as the workshop report, will be made available on the IEA Bioenergy website. The workshop, including breakout sessions, will be recorded to facilitate the preparation of the workshop report.