WS26: Contribution of sustainable biomass and bioenergy in INDUSTRY TRANSITIONS towards a circular economy

19 Oct 2020
Location: Online

19-20 October 2020 – e-Workshop organized by IEA Bioenergy, in collaboration with ADEME

According to IEA’s Sustainable Development Scenario (SDS), the use of bioenergy in industry will grow substantially, from approximately 8 EJ today to 24 EJ in 2060. This implies that the industrial sector will be the greatest user of bioenergy after the transport sector, replacing fossil sources in both low- and medium-temperature applications (e.g. for hot water production or for drying), as well as for higher-temperature (HT) applications (such as HT steam supply and for direct use in cement kilns and glass furnaces). Moreover, in the transition to a circular economy, which needs to be increasingly based on recycling and renewable resources, chemicals and materials produced from biomass will play a key role in chemical and process industries.

The workshop intended to share examples of strategies and initiatives of biomass use in industries in their transition to a more circular economy, thereby increasingly moving towards recycling and renewable resources. To facilitate remote attendance, the online workshop was split up in three sessions. All sessions had a duration of around 2 hours, of which a substantial part was dedicated to discussion and Q&A, aiming to formulate recommendations to facilitate the deployment of such applications.

Summary Report: IEA-Bioenergy-ExCo86-eWorkshop-Final

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Monday 19 October 2020
14.00 – 16.00 CEST

Intro & Part 1: Biomass for medium and high temperature heat in industry

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This first session of the workshop started with introductory presentations of ADEME and IEA on the role of biomass in industry, and then went into a number of cases and strategies to use biomass for medium to high temperature heat (e.g. steam supply) in industry. The focus in this session was on opportunities to defossilize low- of medium scale industries, such as food industries.


Jim Spaeth, US DoE (United States); Mark Brown, University of Sunshine Coast (Australia)


David Marchal, ADEME (France): The French biomass policy framework

Paolo Frankl, IEA – International Energy Agency: The role of biomass in industry in IEA SDS scenarios

Olle Olsson, SEI – Stockholm Environmental Institute (Sweden): Addressing barriers to high temperature biomass heat in industry: policy & market issues

Jaap Koppejan, Pro Biomass (Netherlands): Case studies of biomass providing medium to high temperature heat in industry

Minh-Hiep Nguyen, Nestlé (France): General strategies to include biomass heat in food industries

Richard O’Shea / Jerry D. Murphy, SFI MaREI Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine (Ireland): Decarbonisation of whiskey production using circular economy bioenergy system

Moderated Q&A


Tuesday 20 October 2020
10:00 – 12:00 CEST

Part 2: Biomass in energy intensive industries – steel & cement sectors

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This session considered the opportunities of biomass in larger, energy intensive industries. Examples are energy provision in cement industries, or provision of sustainable carbon sources in steel industries. There are also options to capture CO2 in these industries and convert them into fuel or products.


Daniela Thrän, DBFZ/UFZ (Germany); Paul Bennett, SCION (New Zealand)


Juha Hakala, VTT (Finland): Prospects for the use of biomass in the steel industry

Samane Maroufi, University of New South Wales (Australia): Alternative sustainable carbon sources as substitutes for metallurgical coal

Wim Van Der Stricht, Arcelor Mittal (Belgium): Turning carbon emissions from blast furnace gas into bioethanol at ArcelorMittal Gent

Elliot Mari, ADEME (France): The role of biomass in decarbonization of cement industries

Vesa Helanti, VALMET (Finland): Biomass gasification for industrial kilns

Dou Kejun, CNREC – China National Renewable Energy Center (China): Biomass in Chinese industry

Moderated Q&A


Tuesday 20 October 2020
14:00 – 16:00 CEST

Part 3: Biomass in chemical/process industries

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In the transition to a circular economy, which needs to be increasingly based on recycling and renewable resources, chemicals and materials produced from biomass will play a key role in chemical and process industries. This session highlighted some cases and strategies to reduce reliance on fossil resources in chemical industries and move to biobased products/chemicals.


Kees Kwant, (Netherlands); Ed de Jong, Avantium (Netherlands)


Stéphane Ledoux, AllEnvi (France): Transitioning to biobased in the chemical industry

Cas König, Chemport Europe (Netherlands): Green Hydrogen Hub of Europe – Northern Netherlands ten years ahead of the Paris Agreement

Michael Duetsch, UPM (Germany): Pulp & paper industries moving to biobased chemicals

Amit Goyal, Southern Research (USA): Renewable Acrylonitrile for Carbon Fiber Production

Nelo Emerencia, Biobased Industries Consortium (Belgium): Moving forward in biobased industries

Moderated Q&A

Luc Pelkmans, IEA Bioenergy: Summary and conclusions of the workshop