International Workshop: Future perspectives of bioenergy development in Asia

Sep 2018

Many East and South East Asian countries see rapid development in the use of both liquid and solid biomass for modern bioenergy. Apart from using domestic biomass, Japan and South Korea have started to import large volumes of wood pellets for co-firing with coal from countries in the Pacific Rim such as Indonesia, Vietnam and Western Canada. In Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and several other Asian countries, the trade and use of liquid biofuels in transport and the modern use of solid agro-residues for combustion and anaerobic digestion is increasing rapidly, facilitated by conducive support frameworks.

On September 5-7 2018, IEA Bioenergy organized a workshop in cooperation with NEDO / METI with support from the REI in Japan on potential technical and organizational improvements to biomass supply chains, including pre-treatment technologies, bio-refineries, logistics/trade, final conversion/end-use and overarching topics such as sustainability assurance frameworks and policy support options. During six sessions, this workshop on the one hand provided such technical information to Asian member countries, but also information on the activities of IEA Bioenergy to support the decision making process for membership.

The workshop programme can be found here

A short summary of the main workshop can be found here.