Synergies and Competition in Bioenergy Systems

Feb 2009

Among the various renewable energy sources, bioenergy provides the most diverse group of technologies, offering a range of options in different conditions. The potential negative effects of the expansion of bioenergy are frequently discussed, especially competition for feedstock or production resources, such as land or water. However, much less attention has been given to the synergies which may exist with other production alternatives. To consider these issues more fully, Task 41 contracted two independent groups to analyse the synergies and competition between bioenergy in the agriculture and forestry sectors.

The final report from the above project consists of three separate components, viz.

– Summary and Conclusions by Sven-Olov Ericson, Project Leader
– Identifying Synergies and Competition in Forest-based Bioenergy in Selected Countries by Bengt Nippe Hylander, ÅF-Process, Sweden; and Sten Nilsson, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria
– Bioenergy – Competition and Synergies: Agricultural Sector by
Daniela Thrän and Thilo Seidenberger, Institut für Energetik und Umwelt gGmbH; and Jürgen Zeddies, Universität Hohenheim, Germany