WS30: Bioenergy in a Net Zero Future

19 Oct, 2023 - 19 Oct, 2023
Location: Lyon (FR)
RegularIEA BioenergyExCo Workshops

Lyon, 19 October 2023 – Workshop organized by IEA Bioenergy in collaboration with ADEME, the French Agency for Ecological Transition

Reaching net‐zero emissions globally by 2050 requires an unprecedented transformation in how energy is produced, transported and used. In the IEA Net Zero by 2050 scenario, modern bioenergy use rises to 100 EJ in 2050, meeting almost 20% of total energy supply. In an energy mix dominated by wind and solar, sustainable bioenergy features prominently in flexible energy generation, industry and transport, and is increasingly used in connection with carbon capture and utilisation or sequestration (CCUS). The captured biogenic CO2 can either be stored to achieve a net extraction of CO2 from the atmosphere (reaching so-called ‘negative emissions’) or it can be combined with green hydrogen to produce carbon-containing e-fuels and e-products.

This workshop, organised by IEA Bioenergy in collaboration with ADEME, aims to discuss the role of bioenergy in the transition to a carbon neutral energy system. In the morning sessions, the focus will be on policies and strategies to support the role of bioenergy in the energy transition. The afternoon sessions will consider the flexibility of bioenergy in the energy system, the use of biogenic CO2 and promising developments in bioenergy concepts.

Download the programme / announcement: WS30_Bioenergy in a Net Zero Future

Participation to the workshop is free of charge, but pre-registration is required.


Please indicate if you will participate on-site in Lyon, or if you would like to connect online and follow the live stream. There is room for around 100 participants in Lyon.


8.45     Registration

9.00     The role of bioenergy in energy transition strategies

Moderators: Dina Bacovsky, BEST (Austria), chair of IEA Bioenergy & Emilie Machefaux, ADEME (France)

  • Welcome and short introduction by IEA Bioenergy and ADEME representatives
  • Jeremy Moorhouse, IEA: bioenergy in IEA’s Net Zero by 2050 roadmap
  • Representative of the French Ministry: French perspective on the role of bioenergy
  • Marlon Arraes, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Brazil: Brazilian perspective – to be confirmed
  • Oshada Mendis, Natural Resources Canada: Bioenergy in Canada’s Net-Zero Future

10.30     Coffee Break

11.00     Panel debate on drivers and barriers & effective policies and strategies to support the role of bioenergy
Moderators: Paul Bennett, Scion (New Zealand) & Birger Kerckow, FNR (Germany)

With the speakers of session 1 +  Maria Georgiadou (European Commission), Jim Spaeth (US DoE) and Emmanuel Goy (ADEME).

12.15     Lunch Break

13.30     Flexible bioenergy and the use of biogenic CO2 in future energy systems

Moderators: Daniela Thrän, DBFZ (Germany) & Zoe Harris, Univ. of Surrey (UK)

  • Markus Millinger, Chalmers Univ. (Sweden): Considerations on the priority of biomass use in future energy systems
  • Tilman Schildhauer, Paul Scherrer Institute (Switzerland): How flexible bioenergy and other system services from sustainable bioenergy can support the transition to a renewable energy system
  • Christiane Hennig, DBFZ (Germany): Managing biogenic CO2 in Bio-CCUS concepts
  • Christopher S. Galik, North Caroline State University (USA): Carbon accounting in Bio-CCUS value chains (online)
  • Aïcha El Khamlichi, ADEME (France): Will there enough biogenic CO2 for projected e-fuel demand in France?

15.00     Coffee Break

15.30     Promising developments in bioenergy concepts

Moderators: Chourouk Nait Saidi, ATEE (France) & Berend Vreugdenhil, TNO (Netherlands)

  • Marion Maheut, ENGIE (France): Diversification of applications downstream of pyrogasification
  • Joakim Lundgren, Luleå University of Technology (Sweden): Carbon-negative production of hydrogen through biomass gasification
  • John Bilheur, Hymoov, and Frédéric Thiollier, IDEA (France): Eco-Parc de La Barillais Project – synergy between anaerobic digestion and gasification
  • Christian Bang, EA Energianalyse (Denmark): Capturing and storing biogenic CO2 from biomass CHP plants in Denmark (online)
  • Jean-Philippe Héraud, IFPEN (France): CO2 potential of advanced biofuels

17.00    Summary and conclusions

  • Luc Pelkmans, Technical Coordinator IEA Bioenergy

17.15    Closing drinks


Thursday 19 October 2023, 8.45-17.15 CEST


Meeting location
The event will take place at
Hôtel Mercure – Lyon Centre Charpennes.
7 place Charles Hernu,
69100 Villeurbanne – Lyon, France
5 minutes by metro (stop Charpennes Charles Hernu) and 10 minutes by foot from the Lyon Part Dieu train station (stop of international trains)
The workshop will be hybrid, so online participation will also be possible.


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More information
Luc Pelkmans
Technical Coordinator – IEA Bioenergy
Tel. +32 492 977930